The days are getting longer, the air is warmer, and the flowers are blooming: summer is almost here! Could there be a better way to celebrate the coming season than with a Cinco de Mayo barbecue? Our teams at Vital Design Group and Virtual Packaging love to cook and celebrate our diverse cultures with one another over food. So, we took time last Friday to celebrate our many members of Mexican heritage and the history of Cinco de Mayo. We enjoy these moments of team bonding and camaraderie, especially on a day of such importance to our team members. But why is this day such a big celebration, anyway?
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16th. Rather, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla. This came after Napoleon III invaded Mexico in 1862, in an attempt to establish a French State in the Americas. At the time, Mexico was recovering from a bloody civil war. This victory over French forces served as a means of reuniting the country—as well as Mexican Americans in the United States—under a deep sense of patriotism.