Today is May 5th. Cinco De Mayo. A day of celebration.
What it is not is Mexico’s day of independence. Contrary to what many believe they are celebrating, that is September 16th.
It is a celebration of Mexico’s unlikely victory against France’s Napoleon Iii at the battle of Puebla in 1862 over a debt they owed to France. I know, only because we watched a video on it in my classes yesterday.
And for most here in America, it’s a day for Mexican food, margaritas and cerveza, music, and dancing.
Many of my students are Hispanic, so since this holiday fell on a Saturday this year, and there was no school, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo in my classroom yesterday.
We did Cinco de Mayo word searches in ELA and colored pictures of Cinco de Mayo festivities by using patterns and multiplication facts in math.
We snacked upon pineapple Fanta and Takis for refreshments as we searched for ten hidden sombreros.
And now you can too!
Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo today, however you choose to spend it. Feast and celebrate. It is but one of many celebrations we carry down through the generations. But never forget to feast and celebrate the one who made all celebration possible, our God. And the birth, life, and death of his son.
Now that is something to celebrate!
Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord, throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance. Exodus 12:14
Love and laughter,