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Why celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Maybe not the reason you embrace

Chelsey Cooper, left, and Becky Larson, right, both of Sacramento sing along while the Mariachi Mi Tierra musical group perform at the Cinco de Mayo celebration on J Street between 27th and 28th Street in 2009.
Chelsey Cooper, left, and Becky Larson, right, both of Sacramento sing along while the Mariachi Mi Tierra musical group perform at the Cinco de Mayo celebration on J Street between 27th and 28th Street in 2009. rbyer@sacbee.com

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with increasing fervor each year in the United States, with more attention paid to the annual May 5 observation here than in Mexico, where it is a holiday of rather modest repute. Why? For one, many people think the date marks Mexican independence, which it does not. Here’s a brief primer.

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