History: This holiday is not only celebrated in Mexico, but
grows in participation and enjoyment each year in the United States and
around the world, perhaps because it is a celebration of spirit.
Cinco de Mayo is not
Mexico's Independence Day, but instead commemorates a Mexican victory in
battle against the French.
The Mexican army was outnumbered, ill-equipped,
and poorly armed, yet, they won this particular battle against incredible
odds. It was a battle won through courage and spirit!
Cinco de Mayo
Fun: To join in the
fun, decorate (and wear, if possible) red, green, and white (the colors of
the Mexican flag), make (or buy) some Mexican food, play festive Mexican
music, and have a great time!
For dessert, fill a piņata with candy, and
challenged your guests to one swing each, blindfolded, to see who can
break open a piņata, for all to enjoy the candy inside.
You can make your
own piņata out of a paper bag with painted or glued decorations.
free online game: Spanish
Heritage - Piņata Game
Presentations in PowerPoint format for Cinco de Mayo
Templates in PowerPoint format
de Mayo Mini-Unit
de Mayo - A Historical Celebration mini-unit
de Mayo (volunteer sue)
Cinco de Mayo Maracas (art activity)
de Mayo links