Sunday, May 5, 2013

Celebrations- Cinco De Mayo

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Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.
Don’t be the person who boisterously claims to be happy celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the unlikely Mexican victory against the French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
Cinco de Mayo, ( Spanish: “Fifth of May”) , also known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla,  national holiday in Mexico in honour of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III.
A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
 Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.
The colors of the Mexican flag (red, white, and green) often appear in costumes and party decorations. People decorate for Cinco de Mayo with balloons, streamers, and flowers. Mariachi bands or other Mexican folk music is also played at these celebrations and there is often traditional Mexican dancing. Another common Cinco de Mayo tradition that takes place is a feast of traditional Mexican dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, and salsa and tortilla chips.
The fiesta also includes speeches by government officials. Since it is a fiesta, there are lots of games and lively dances, mariachi music, traditional food, and colorful Cinco de Mayo decorations. At night there are piƱatas for the children and the celebration ends with beautiful displays of fireworks. People wear clothes of red and green, the colors of the Mexican flag.
I hope you all have a wonderful Cinco De Mayo.

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