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WHAT IS THE CINCO DE MAYO

CELEBRATION ABOUT ?

The celebration of Cinco de Mayo should not be confused with Mexican Independence Day. Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on 15th September while Cinco de Mayo falls on 5th of May. Cinco de Mayo is not an American Holiday but it is celebrated on a much larger scale by Chicanos in the U.S. than in Mexico. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the courage of the Mexican people during the battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862 where 4,500 Mexican soldiers defeated the Mexican traitors and French army of 6,500 at Puebla, Mexico. This victory did not win the war but it showed the courage and strength of the Mexican troops.


After Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821, the country was faced with many problems. This war and the years of fighting put Mexico in a very bad financial position - It went bankrupt. Mexico had to give away a huge portion of its land to the United States. That land is now known as Texas.

How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

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What is Memorial Day?

For many kids, Memorial Day is just another three-day weekend celebrated with family bar-b-cues, a visit to the lake or pool, watching the latest action movie or any other of the numerous ways people spend the beginning of warm weather and a holiday.


What is often lost in the celebrations is the meaning of Memorial Day and why it is an important reminder of sacrifice and service. Talking to your child about the history of Memorial Day and what it stands for can help them learn about the immeasurable cost of the freedoms they enjoy.

In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress It was then also placed on the last Monday in May. In December 2000, “The National Moment of Remembrance Act” was passed. The National Moment of Remembrance asks all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

How can we celebrate Memorial Day?

Enjoy this 3-day holiday break from the stress of school and work but also take a little time to talk about the meaning of Memorial Day with your child. And perhaps, stop for a moment of silence at 3:00 pm in remembrance of those who have lost their lives because of their service to our country.