- Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico's victory against the French during the Battle of Puebla
- Many confuse the celebration with Mexican independence day, which is September 16
- The holiday isn't widely celebrated in Mexico
This story was originally published on May 5, 2014
(CNN)If you didn't already know, Cinco de Mayo is a bigger deal in the United States than in Mexico. Here, this unofficial holiday is almost as popular as, oh, St. Patrick's Day -- which means it's unfortunately become a drinking holiday. So much so that it's been nicknamed, Cinco de Drinko and even Gringo de Mayo.