Seen by many as the start of summer, May in the USA has plenty going on. Across the country, three dates in particular have great significance for a huge number of Americans.
5th May - 'Cinco de Mayo'
Cinco de Mayo officially commemorates the anniversary of the victory by Mexican forces over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is now widely observed by people with a Mexican background as an important celebration of culture. Street festivals, parades and performances of traditional mariachi music are some of the ways in which the day is celebrated. Some of the biggest celebrations take place in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.
8th May – Mother's Day
Traditionally held on the second Sunday in May, Mother's Day is an opportunity to recognise, thank and celebrate all mothers and mother figures. Many people send card and gifts on this widely commercial occasion. It's also a popular time for families to get together.
30 May – Memorial Day
Memorial Day is the only federal holiday in May and for many marks the start of the summer season. This is the official day of commemoration for men and women who have died while serving in the United States military. Many people will fly the American flag in an act of remembrance on this day. For many though, the day now has more to do with a long weekend at the start of summer and a great opportunity to take a short vacation or visit family.
Other dates of note this May in the USA include primary presidential elections in Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oregon and Nebraska, as well as major film releases, including Captain America: Civil War, Angry Birds and X-Men Apocalypse.
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