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First Name Basis Podcast

May 1, 2020

It seems like we need to shout it from the rooftops because most Americans are pretty convinced that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, and that is just not true.

Cinco de Mayo is the commemoration of Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. It was an amazing feat for the 2,000 Mexican soldiers to stave off the large army of 6,000 French soldiers. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • The true history of Cinco de Mayo. 
  • What it looks like to celebrate respectfully.
  • Things you should avoid during the celebration. 


Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode

The Real History of Cinco de Mayo,” NPR

Cinco de Mayo,

“Teaching Kids the Real Meaning of Cinco de Mayo in a Fun Way,” Growing Up Bilingual

“The Best Cinco de Mayo Crafts to Teach Kids About Mexican Culture and Traditions,” Growing Up Bilingual


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood