Cinco de Mayo is not just a holiday; it’s also a time for family, friends and relatives to gather together to celebrate, have fun and have some good times. Unlike many people’s ideas, Cinco de Mayo is not an independence day like the Fifth of May. It is a celebration of Mexico’s victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1860, although many were killed or taken as prisoners of war. As many of you are aware, the Mexican government officially declared July 3rd as Cinco de Mayo.
In addition to celebrating a holiday with family and friends, Cinco de Mayo also serves as a time for socialization and cultural education. For this reason, many Mexican students organize their own events like parades and picnics, hosting community-based functions and outings, inviting their parents and distant relatives, and declaring their schools and districts “partners in education”. Although I am not a parent, I believe that a good reason for parents to encourage their children to attend Cinco de Mayo activities should be in the form of participation in its Facebook event page. Indeed, participating in events organized by organizations which support Cinco de Mayo, its culture, history, and current conditions in Mexico, is one way of supporting the struggle of ordinary citizens who want to improve their country’s image abroad, while fighting corruption and promote peace.
The organizers of the Cinco de Mayo Facebook event page and its associated online website make it very easy for participants from all over the U.S.A. to connect with each other. They provide a central point for people from different parts of the United States to show their support for the Mexican struggle. Not only that, but many of these events are also international in scale. The organizers have made it very simple for participants from the U.S.A. to connect with other Cinco de Mayo organizers from other countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru. Thus, reaching out to friends and families overseas who are also celebrating Cinco de Mayo is now very easy.
Participating in this popular celebration is not limited to Mexican-Americans. It also extends to those who are of European descent, as it is a common trait of the culture of Cinco de Mayo to enjoy feasting on traditional Mexican food. For example, when I was growing up, my mother used to ask us how we were planning on celebrating our cousin Joana’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. After listing the food we would need, she would start listing the decorations we would need, the flowers we would put in the bouquets, and the music we would pick out.
While many Americans are familiar with this Cinco de Mayo theme, few know about food celebrations in other parts of the world. Many cultures associate food with happiness, and Spanish, French, and Irish cultures are some examples of these. Because of this, food celebrations are one of the most popular ways to celebrate this holiday in other parts of the world. Cinco de Mayo is also celebrated differently around the world, depending on the native foods of the region where the holiday is being celebrated. Thus, it is best to be familiar with the different Cinco de Mayo traditions and customs before you decide what foods to bring to your party.
In addition to fiestas, celebrations are also marked by various classes and competitions, such as tug-of-war or charades. This game is a lot of fun, especially for children. It is also considered a way to measure the advances of adulthood, as many young adults do participate in this game as a way to feel grown up and more mature. Food may also play an important role in these events, particularly in the case of fiesta-style food. As you can see, food plays a key role in this Cinco de Mayo celebration, and it’s important to be aware of how this all fits into your plans.