Beyond Cinco De Mayo: 14 Pictures That Transport You to Mexico

National Geographic, 5/2/2015

mexican-flag1This Tuesday, many Americans will drink margaritas and eat tacos in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5 in Spanish.

“But if you ask why is anyone celebrating, no one knows,” says David Hayes-Bautista, an expert in Latin health and culture at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Often confused with Mexican Independence Day, which is September 16, Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the victory of Mexican forces over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

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