Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is more popularly celebrated than Mexico as the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades or battle reenactments.
“May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.”
–An Irish Toast
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17th and observes of the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking, and a whole lot of green.