From commemorative event to a commercial celebration

A perspective on Cinco de Mayo comparing mexican versus american viewpoints Photo by Metro ServiceThe influence of Cinco de Mayo in the United States citizens. ■ By Gabriela Cerrillo / Contributed Why does Cinco de Mayo have such an influence in the United States (principally in areas that border Mexico) but does not have the same importance in Mexico? From limited regions in Mexico celebrating a minor battle in the war between Mexico and France, Cinco de Mayo has become an enormous commercial celebration in the United States with the consumption of Mexican food, beer, and margaritas. Why is Cinco de Mayo such a big deal in the U.S.? My questions

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