If you are an expat living in Mexico, you will want to ensure that you join in on the Cinco de Mayo festivities. Expats who will be experiencing this celebration for the first time will also want to brush up on their history to make certain they know the origins of this festival as the locals do. Cinco de Mayo is often celebrated in countries other than Mexico, like the United States, but while sombreros and piñatas are a staple at this celebration in other countries, these types of items are not included in the celebration in Mexico.
In 1862 the French troops invaded Mexico but were defeated by a last-minute round up of local villagers in the small town of Puebla. Although this did not mark the end of the war, the Battle of Puebla has since become symbolic of unlikely victory.
As an expat living in Mexico, it is important to know that Cinco de Mayo is not the Mexican Independence day. May 5 is not even considered a federal holiday in Mexico, but the historic victory of this day is still celebrated by many. Some of the largest celebrations can be seen in Puebla and Mexico City, Mexico. There are street festivals that include dancing, food and music as well as military parades and battle reenactments that offer impressive performances.
If you are not yet an expat in Mexico but will be in time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, make sure you will have the expat health insurance you will need while in Mexico. The Citizen Secure plan is a popular option for both US citizens and non-US citizens that is able to provide you with worldwide coverage, including your home country. If you would like more information on the Citizen Secure or to purchase this plan, please contact one of our licensed agents.