Calumet City students honor Mexican holiday

2014-05-03T00:00:00Z Calumet City students honor Mexican holidayTimes Staff
May 03, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CALUMET CITY | Students at Lincoln Elementary School celebrated Cinco de Mayo on Friday with dances and music.

According to, Cinco de Mayo, which is Spanish for fifth of May, is also known as the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla. It is celebrated as a national holiday in Mexico in honor of a military victory on May 5, 1862, by Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza's troops over the French forces of Napoleon III. About 1,000 French troops were killed.

Although the fighting continued and the French were not driven out for another five years, the victory at Puebla became a symbol of Mexican resistance to foreign domination. The city, which was later renamed Puebla de Zaragoza, is the site of a museum devoted to the battle, and the battlefield itself is maintained as a park, according to the website.

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