On May 5, 1862, the Battle of Puebla was waged in Mexico, and General Ignacio Zaragosa’s army scored a decisive victory against the French occupational forces. This was, of course, the event we celebrate today as Cinco de Mayo. Much like on St. Patrick’s Day, another non-official holiday commemorating something much deeper than drinking to excess, Cinco de Mayo is often used as an excuse to…drink to excess. It seems we imbalanced humans would rather not deal with the more significant, life-changing aspects of most of the holidays we honor.
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