Celebrating Cinco de Mayo


Tylene Scott, Staff Reporter

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday, mainly celebrated in the United States among Americans and Mexican-Americans. The Spanish meaning “ The 5th of May” Cinco de Mayo celebrated the Mexican Army’s big victory against the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War.

Cinco de Mayo has been celebrated in the United States more over the years with Mexican-American culture and heritage and is often marked by parades, street festivals, and parties featuring traditional Mexican food, music, and dance. Some popular Cinco de Mayo traditions in the U.S. include mariachi music, folkloric dance performances, and the consumption of margaritas and Mexican beer.

Although Cinco de Mayo is a cultural holiday that celebrates Mexican-American heritage,  it has become an important way for people of all backgrounds to come together and appreciate Mexican culture. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo celebrations often involve parades, street festivals, and other community events that provide opportunities for people to come together and socialize.

One of the key ways that Cinco de Mayo brings people together is through the sharing of food. Traditional Mexican dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, and Elote are often served at Cinco de Mayo events, and the preparation and sharing of food can be a great way for people to connect and bond over a shared love of Mexican cuisine.

Music and dance are also important parts of Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and traditional Mexican music such as mariachi and ranchera can be heard at many events. Dancing is often a central part of these celebrations, and people of all ages and backgrounds can join in and enjoy the music and festivities.

Overall, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Mexican Americans and it provides a meaningful way for people from different backgrounds to come together and appreciate the beauty and diversity of Mexican culture.