Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a very important holiday.

It is often confused with Mexican Independence Day, however, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in honor of Mexico defeating the French despite being out-numbered 2-to-1.

It came about when Benito Juárez was elected president of Mexico, the first and only indigenous president to of Mexico. When he came into power, Mexico had so many debts to pay that they were forced to default on debt payments to European governments.

France, under the rule of Napoleon III, decided to use this opportunity to create an empire out of Mexican territory. Other European countries sent war ships to Mexico to get their payments. Spain and Britain sent warships, but negotiated with Mexico and withdrew. France did not.

Surprisingly, the Mexicans won at the Battle of  Puebla, despite all odds, and although this did not end the war, this battle gave the Mexicans a renewed hope they could defeat France and is celebrated on May fifth.

Cinco de Mayo has become a holiday that is celebrated in honor of the Mexicans bravery in standing up to the French. This holiday is actually more celebrated in America than in Mexico! Cinco de Mayo is celebrated through dancing, parades, music, food, and more. And at MMS, this is holiday is celebrated in Spanish classes.

Below are some photographs from classrooms preparing for MMS Cinco de Mayo celebrations on Friday: