Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. The battle was fought at Puebla and is considered a minor holiday inside Mexico. In the U.S. however, Cinco de Mayo not only celebrates the victory at the Battle of Puebla, but a celebration of the culture and heritage of the Mexican people.
Most celebrate this holiday in the U.S. by holding parades and parties at which they serve tacos and other such foods. It is a day to let loose and enjoy! It is also a day to learn about the culture and what brought about this event.
Veronica and Andy Fritsch of AVAArtsSupplies told me:
When we lived in Florida, I taught students with severe autism. A large part of our curriculum was life skills. So when a holiday came up we would work on cooking (we were lucky enough to have a stove in our classroom). For Cinco De Mayo we would find all sorts of recipes and have the kids whip them up. We did some more traditional items and many more Americanized versions. All the kids loved the candy skulls my aide brought in!
That sounds like a really fun and educational time! I love the designs of candy skulls, such craft work!
My family has decided to celebrate this holiday by having our own little party, full of traditional foods and drink. We might even decorate with the traditional colors of red, green and white. My hope is that we all have a wonderful and fun time. Maybe we will make this an annual event!!!
I hope that whatever you all do on Cinco de Mayo that it is fun and rewarding!