Cinco de Mayo — Spanish for May 5 — is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla in Mexico in 1862.
The date has nothing to do with Mexican independence, which is in September. Instead, it commemorates the victory of a smaller Mexican army over invading French forces.
Observance of the day in Mexico is typically limited to the state of Puebla. In America, revelers celebrate the day nationwide. Check out Sonya Sorich’s blog for information on Cinco de Mayo events in the Columbus area.