Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, a popular misconception. Instead, it commemorates a single battle. In 1861, Benito Juárez—a lawyer and member of the indigenous Zapotec tribe—was elected president of Mexico. At the time, the country was in financial ruin after years of internal strife, and the new president was forced to default on debt payments to European governments.
Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army's May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Tuesday, May 5 in 2020, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
Why Do We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the United States?
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations.
Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s, in part because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans (such as Juárez) over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla.
Today, revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago Houston.
The Fitness Center will be hosting a "Cinco de Mayo" virtual 5K (3.1 miles) tracked on any app on your mobile device, that includes date, distance and time completed.
The run will take place on Tuesday, May 5th. All Team Fairchild and family members are invited to participate. To receive credit for the event, customers should record distance and time in their preferred app and post a screenshot of your results in the comments of this post. Participants are requested to also take pictures of their event, costumes or clothing items to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Participants will have 24-hours to complete the event on the time and route of their choosing.
Take the baby and the dog if you prefer (and send pics). T-shirts and Certificates of Completion will be given to the first 30 finishers. Message us on Facebook to register for this event.