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.