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Color the Texas Holidays

Cinco de Mayo - May 5th

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. France invaded Mexico and began to march toward Mexico City. Led by Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin, the Mexican army was able to stop and defeat a well equipped French army.

But the victory did not last. Upon hearing the bad news, Napoleon sent 30,000 more troops to invade Mexico again, against the wishes of the French people. A full year later, the French defeated the Mexican army and took over Mexico City.

Cinco de Mayo honors the bravery of General Zaragoza's small, outnumbered militia. It is a festive holiday celebrated in the Mexican state of Puebla and by many Texans, especially in Hispanic communities.

Veterans Day

Emancipation Day

Presidents Day

Memorial Day

Texas Independence Day

San Jacinto Day

Cinco De Mayo