Cinco de Mayo:
A Mexican Festival
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Cinco de Mayo is
a Mexican victory festival observed by Mexican-American
communities and primarily in Puebla, Mexico. This day celebrates patriotism, unity and
patriotism? It is to love our country. Spanish is the
predominant language in Mexico and also widely spoken by Mexican
communities living in the United States and elsewhere. Around 50 indigenous languages
are spoken in Mexico by about 5 million people.
Cinco de Mayo means May the 5th. On May 5, 1862, although greatly
soldiers conquered an army of French and Mexican rebel soldiers at Puebla, Mexico. The Mexican soldiers demonstrated great courage,
unity, leadership and patriotism -- a deep love for their families, home and country
on that day.
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Mexican communities hold festivals, parades,
and cultural events.
Important Mexican Holidays:
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day - El Grito -
which was earlier in September 16, 1810 and of great significance to
Mexicans. Another important historical celebration is Revolution Day
- November 20th.
The Sun in Mexican Culture - Sun Art Activity:
In honor of the Mexican culture, we can commemorate these important
Mexican holidays by
doing an art activity that reflects the Mexican tradition. Mexicans
have a talent for art - and a love of bright colors. A
theme that appears frequently in Mexican art is images of the sun.
*Here is an article that sheds light about this theme and its importance
in Mexican culture: The
Culture of the Sun
One of the most magnificent expressions of the sun theme is expressed in
Sun Stone based on a solar year.
Here are simple sun images to choose from in
black and white format for the youngest children or provide a thin paper
plate for free-style art activity: Sun #1,
#2, Sun #3.
can decorate the sun image or paper plate with a variety of materials and
it is good time to recycle left-over materials: glitter,
beads, dry beans, buttons, cut-up tissue paper or cut-up construction
paper, paints, crepe paper streamers, markers, crayons, string, yarn, etc. The
decorated sun image can also be adapted for use as masks: after decorating glue the
image to thin
card board and cut around the image, make openings for the eyes and add a
craft stick, or a toilet paper tube the children can hold. If
using a paper plate simply attach the craft stick or paper tube. Older children can be given blank sheets of sturdy paper, a variety of
materials to create a sun image.
Here are some additional ideas for Sun theme crafts at DLTK-kids:
paper plate masks (practice circle and triangles)
Play Mexican music in the background while children are doing their art
activity -- the local library is a good source.
Idea: Discuss and honor a holiday-festival and/or historical event in your country or region
that is similar to the Cinco de Mayo or Mexican Independence Day, and develop the topic of leadership
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
¡Viva Méjico! Hurrah Mexico!
de Mayo at DLTK and continue the celebrations. Try making fresh
salsa with tortillas for a great snack! Make a musical instrument:
maracas, or make a bean bracelet!
About Mexico at History.com