Cinco de Mayo is an important day in Mexican history, it is celebrated in some provinces of Mexico and in the United States as a day to revel in Mexican heritage, but in all actuality many Americans do not know what the day is about. To be completely honest, even I, in my infinite search for knowledge, never took the time to learn what the day was actually about until pretty recently. Cinco de Mayo is actually a celebration of the Mexican army’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla, where they were heavily outmanned and outgunned. Celebrations of this day originated from the reactions of Mexican nationals working in California, they broke into singing patriotic songs after learning about the big win. Cinco de Mayo is often referred to as Mexican Independence Day, however that is just a common misconception due to the popularity of this date here in America and its connection to Mexican culture. I love Cinco de Mayo, it seems like the only day that I can find people who love nachos as much as I do, but I have to admit, some of the celebrations go too far. Cinco de Mayo suffers from the same affliction as St. Patrick’s Day when it comes to common beliefs about the day, both days are misunderstood, and have become wild college party days. I know that once a tradition has been set, it is hard to change an approach to a celebration, but I hope people can take the time to understand the significance of each holiday before jumping to celebration.