Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the French-Mexican War (1861-1867). Today is often mistaken as Mexico’s Independence Day, but Mexico’s independence was declared nearly 50 years before the Battle of Puebla on September 16, 1810.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla. However, in the United States, fiestas are celebrated throughout the country and revelers mark the occasion with parades, mariachi music, and traditional foods. I look at Cinco de Mayo as a celebration of the past. A true opportunity to reflect on where one’s roots started, the struggles to get where they are, and a celebration of victory against overwhelming odds.

As we approach our 5-year anniversary at Maven it forces us to look back on the challenges, struggles, and successes we have had over the past 5 years. We are beyond excited to celebrate the daily victories, but we will always reflect on where we have come from and the fight required to get here. On this day, we celebrate the perseverance and strength shown at the Battle of Puebla as well as at Maven.