In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become, in recent years, a big holiday for Mexican-Americans and for politicians who wish to pander to them. It seems to be (along with Muslim observances of course) one of George W. Bushâ€™s favorite public celebrations. It's even been suggested that the U.S. declare Cinco de Mayo an official U.S. holiday.
Whatâ€™s ironic is that here in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is not a big deal. Itâ€™s basically a bank holiday, and a holiday from school. However, not in my school, which has classes today. So I have to work on Cinco de Mayo today, in Mexico .
An interesting historical detail about the 1862 Battle of Puebla is that Ignacio Zaragoza, the Mexican general in the battle, was born in Texas, during the brief (15-year) period in which Texas was part of an independent Mexico.
For more on the Battle of Puebla, you can read my Mexidata column on the topic here . Happy Cinco de Mayo !