Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “Fifth of May) is celebrated in Mexico. It is a day that commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, and so it represents a celebration of freedom and liberty. Mexican Independence Day is September 16th, which is when they beat the Spanish in 1821.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular along the U.S. Mexico border and in parts of the U.S. that have a high population of people of Mexican heritage. In these areas the holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture, food, music, beverages and customs unique to Mexico.
Here at school we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with Mexican food, games and music at lunchtime. It was a lot of fun and a lot of our students enjoyed it. Take a look at the photos!