Region 8 thoughts on Cinco de Mayo

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – As part of the Cinco de Mayo holiday, we sent a crew to find out what people think the holiday means.

Answers ranged from not knowing Cinco de Mayo is a holiday, to thinking it is a restaurant special.

Here are a few responses from people eating at TaMolly's in Paragould:

"Isn't that were they like dig up dead people, dance with them and celebrate their lives," said Nicole Stidham.

"It's the Mexican fourth of July,"said James Warren.

"My name is Jessica Sanchez, and Cinco de Mayo is my birthday!" Sanchez says.

"It's celebrating with people from Mexico and honoring their culture and traditions,"said Sara Giguere.

"People celebrate about Jesus dying on the cross,"said Justin Hollis.

Contrary to popular belief Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. The holiday commemorates the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Usually only Mexicans in the Puebla State actually celebrate the holiday.

The United States celebrates the holiday by honoring the Hispanic culture as a whole.

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