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Blanca Moye- Parents as Teachers Parent Educator- Jackson Area

Blanca Moye- Parents as Teachers Parent Educator- Jackson Area

Before I begin with the activities for Cinco de Mayo, I would like to tell you about the theme, I think that by maintaining the roots and values just as continuing with traditions from every country is very important to adults just as to children that get to this country. It’s important to share with the community everything that its involved with this: the history, the food, the games and the language.

When I arrived to this country, a work partner asked me “What are you guys doing for the Cinco de Mayo? Party? Food?”  So my husband and I turned around looked at each other confused as to why?

Our friend answered:  Well because it’s Mexico’s Independence Day right? And it’s always celebrated here in the US.

So we smiled together and I said: Ummm I will investigate why they celebrate this and maybe we can plan something for it but let me clarify that Mexico’s Independence Day is September 15th. And in Mexico “Cinco de Mayo” (Fifth of May) is the day of the battle of Puebla. However, Puebla really is the only one who celebrates it.

Days later I begun the search of why “Cinco de Mayo” is celebrated here in the US and I found that the first Mexican immigrants that arrived to the East of the US were from the state of Puebla which answered why they celebrated it in the first place. 

After this occurred, I considered that it’s always important to share but mainly to clarify about events from different countries. So I consider most importantly as a first activity: to share the history of this event and the reality of it with the kids. The fun part about this for me is that it wasn’t our independence, but it was a way to celebrate.

The second choice could be making the drawing of the Mexican and American flags with the kids explaining them what the symbols signify from each flag.

The third choice: teaching the meaning of the Mexican flag’s colors and teach them small words in Spanish such as verde (green), blanco (white) and colored.

The fourth choice: Sharing with kid’s rhymes, games and songs which are a lot of fun. And there is a bilingual variety which is very interesting.

Fifth choice: Cooking typical and simple Mexican dishes.

For the last option, is to go outside and celebrate in the community, there are events held at this time where one can find music, food and games for kids, and the whole family can spend fun time together.

-Blanca

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Comments on: "Cultural Exchange Anyone?" (5)

  1. Blanca,
    Thanks! I had no idea! I wanted to take Spencer out for dinner on Cinco de Mayo b/c I too, thought it was Mexico’s Independence Day and was calling all the Mexican Cuisine resturants in town to see what their ‘special’ was for the Big Day, and no one was having a ‘special’. No one seemed real excited about it. I was all excited to go to some lovely celebratory buffet and show Spencer how decked out everyone gets and, …. nothing. So this was excellent information and will keep me from being foolish next year. I want to take Spencer to a party like LiEnisa is talking about!
    Thanks!
    Anita

  2. Samantha said:

    That was very informative, thanks! I always wondered why it’s celebrated having heard that Mexico doesn’t celibrate it. Thanks for taking the time to find that out!

  3. Balanca, like Tammy I was not really aware of WHY Cinco de Mayo was celebrated. Thank you for sharing that. You are a wonderful resource to your community not only because you are a great parent educator but becasue of your life experiences and your cultural awareness. Thanks for sharing some great ideas with us!

  4. LiEnisa said:

    Having married into a large hispanic famly, we enjoyed many picnics and family get togethers in Arizona to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
    One thing that became a traidition was the pinata building contest. With over 40 grandkids, nieces, and nephews, we would have several teams with each team and give the kids balloons, papier mache paste and newspaper and let them go to town! This kept them busy and happy while allowing them to be creative and learn how to cooperate. At the end of the day when the pinatas were dry we would hang them and take turns busting them open. Every team got a prize, whether it was most creative, most unusual, most traditional, etc. One year my daughter’s team won “Most impossible to bust” because they had used so much glue and so many layers of paper!
    I miss that family time but love the memories!
    Thank you, Blanca for reminding me!
    LiEnisa

  5. Blanca, Great Ideas, Thanks for sharing. A big THANKS, also, for sharing your knowledge, concerning Cinco de Mayo. It was a day of Celebration but not understanding for me. Thanks for making me better informed.Tammy

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