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Today is Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday, although perhaps it should be, since Mexican Americans treat it as a bigger holiday than do residents of Mexico. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, where in 1862 a small number of Mexican soldiers defeated the French 100 miles east of Mexico City. People of Mexican ancestry in the U.S. celebrate this day with parades, folk dancing, mariachi music, and other fun.

Mexican Holidays

Students will do the following:
1. Research one of two Mexican holidays, Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo
2. Present important facts about the holiday to the class
3. Host an in-class celebration that reflects the dress, music, food, and traditions of that holiday

A Gallery of Mexican Art

Students tour a virtual gallery of Mexican Art and create a glossary of art terms.

Mexican Culture and History through Its National Holidays

What do some of Mexico’s major holidays tell us about the country’s religious and political history?