Cinco de Mayo

By: Karalyn Altendorf

Why is Cinco de Mayo celebrated?

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for the 5th of May, celebrates the defeat of the French army during the Battle of Puebla in Mexico on May 5, 1862.

When is Cinco de Mayo celebrated?

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on the 5th of May.

Where is Cinco de Mayo celebrated?

Celebrated in the United States and in Mexico. However, Cinco de Mayo is primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla because that is where the battle took place.
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What does Puebla mean?

Puebla means a city or town.

Who celebrates Cinco de Mayo?

Most Mexicans as well as people of Mexican heritage. Cinco de Mayo is also celebrated in the United States in Southern California.

What is done to celebrate/How is Cinco de Mayo celebrated?

  • large parades that feature people dressed up as Mexican and French soldiers
  • vendors sell traditional Mexican foods as well as patriotic clothing and accessories for people to wear during the celebration
  • Mariachi bands or other Mexican folk music is also played at these celebrations and there is often traditional Mexican dancing
  • Feast of traditional Mexican dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, and salsa and tortilla chips
  • Colors of the Mexican flag (red, white, and green) often appear in costumes and party decorations
  • People decorate for Cinco de Mayo with balloons, streamers, and flowers