Cinco de Mayo Celebration
With all the parties, delicious Mexican food and festive music on Cinco de Mayo, many people in the U.S. assume that today is the most important Mexican holiday. That’s why I was surprised when I learned that Mexico’s biggest holiday is actually its Independence Day, September 16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, which was fought on May 5, 1862. To learn more about the Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo, visit latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/thehistoryofmexico/a/Cinco-De-Mayo-For-Kids.htm.
If you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate, check out the ideas at spoonful.com/cinco-de-mayo. You’ll find recipes, crafts and instructions for making piñatas. Another great way to observe Cinco de Mayo is by learning about Mexican culture and history. Did you know that there are pyramids in Mexico? Discover the Maya pyramid at Chichén Itzá, exploratorium.edu/
ancientobs/chichen. Then find out more facts about Mexico at factmonster.com/ipka/A0107779.html.
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