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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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It is May 5, and that means many people – particularly in the U.S. and in Mexico – are celebrating Cinco de Mayo, albeit likely remotely this year, given current social distancing limitations.  However, many of us will continue to celebrate with the food and spirits that are representative of Mexican culture. In fact, here at RSM, we’re having a virtual contest where our people will be creating tacos based on photos we’ll share, with the winning families receiving Mexican dinners, compliments of the ¡HOLA! team and the firm. 

But do we all really know what we’re celebrating? Here’s the scoop: Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5, commemorating the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. The victory of the smaller Mexican force against a larger French force was a boost to morale for the Mexicans.

Now more popular in the U.S. than Mexico, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. These celebrations began in California in 1863 as a way of encouraging pride among Mexican immigrants in their heritage.  

In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades or battle reenactments. The city of Puebla marks the event with an arts festival, a festival of local cuisine and reenactments of the battle.

So while the day is recognized in different ways, we hope you’ll join our diverse employee population of 11,000+ people nationwide who will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo today.

Carols Hernandez
National Health Care Consulting Leader, Audit Partner,  and National HOLA! Employee Network Leader 


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