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Cinco de Mayo Celebrated in Great Falls

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GREAT FALLS - Cinco de Mayo, or the 5th of May, is celebrated all over the United States, but while some may think it is for Mexico's independence, it actually is not.

Owner of El Comedor Diane Eusterman said that the day "actually commemorates the Battle of Puebla which was when the Mexicans defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It was just the last time that foreign forces invaded Mexico and they were defeated."

Mexico's independence was actually declared in 1810, and while in honor of the Battle of Puebla, it surprisingly celebrated in one more than another.

Eusterman says "it's actually probably more in the U.S. that it is in Mexico, with the exception of the area of Puebla where the battle was fought and actually took place."

And due to Mexican culture being very prevalent in the U.S. there are many reasons behind the celebration.

Eusterman said one reason is that "we have a lot of Mexican restaurants in the states. Everybody just celebrates it, it's kind of a big party weekend, so we're partying to."  It is also celebrated because, "Americans like to party!"  That's a valid point. Eusterman also puts her own experiences into the celebrations at El Comedor as well.

Eusterman says that "we just have a lot of special lunches and dinners, different food that we normally don't have that I kind of gleaned from my travels all over Mexico. We have a lot of drink specials featuring some of our 100 plus proof premium tequila."

And while the 5th is today, El Comedor will be doing there Cinco de Mayo specials through this weekend, so the celebrations aren't over yet.
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