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Is Cinco de Mayo a religious holiday?

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Theresa Civantos Barber - published on 05/05/22

It’s only natural to wonder if an important holiday in a traditionally Catholic country might be religious in origin.

The liturgical calendar is full of feast days, and many Catholic countries follow suit and have elaborate cultural traditions based around Catholic holidays. So it’s only natural to wonder if an important holiday in a traditionally Catholic country might be religious in origin. 

I won’t keep you hanging: No, Cinco de Mayo is not a religious holiday. But what’s even more interesting is that it’s not a Mexican national holiday at all.

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