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Why We Gather Together for Cinco De Mayo

The celebration known as Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May, commemorates the day that the Mexican army defeated France at the Battle of Puebla in the Franco-Mexican War on May 5, 1862. The celebration is also known as Battle of Puebla Day and it takes place on Thursday, May 5, 2022.While Cinco de Mayo is a relatively unimportant festival in Mexico, it has developed into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage in the United States, especially in regions with sizable Mexican-American communities.

History of Cinco de Mayo

Contrary to common belief, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican independence. Instead, it honors a single conflict. Benito Juárez, a lawyer and indigenous Zapotec tribe member, was chosen to lead Mexico in 1861. After years of internal conflict, the nation was in financial ruin at the time, and the new president was compelled to stop making debt payments to European governments.

France, Britain, and Spain dispatched naval forces to Veracruz, Mexico, as retaliation and a demand for payment. After engaging in talks with Mexico, Britain and Spain withdrew their troops. But Napoleon III's France chose to seize the chance to expand its empire by annexing parts of Mexico. A well-armed French fleet assaulted Veracruz in the late 1861s, landing a sizable army and forcing President Juárez and his administration to evacuate.

The Battle of Puebla

6,000 French soldiers led by General Charles Latrille de Lorencez launched an assault on the little town of Puebla de Los Angeles in east-central Mexico, confident that they would succeed quickly. Juárez assembled a ragtag force of 2,000 faithful men from his new headquarters in the north, many of them were either Indigenous Mexicans or of mixed origin, and dispatched them to Puebla.

General Ignacio Zaragoza, a Texas native, led the massively outnumbered and inadequately equipped Mexican forces as they entrenched the town and prepared for the French assault. Lorencez collected his army in front of Puebla on May 5, 1862, and led an assault with the help of heavy artillery.

Fast Forward to Today

At Casa Real Mexican Grill we take pride and work really hard on this day. It is the busiest day of the year for us! We don't want anyone to say "where the best Mexican Restaurant near me?". We try our hardest to keep up with all the work we have this day while doing a lot of marketing to inform all our customers of our specials and hours. All our Mexican food that we prepare for this day comes inspired from my mothers birth place which is in the state of Jalisco.

What's the best Mexican Restaurant near me? Its us, Come in and visit us!
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