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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

May 03, 2013

CincoDeMayo-310x185Did you know that there’s a holiday that marks the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla between the Mexicans and the French? That’s exactly what Cinco de Mayo (which means “the fifth of May” in Spanish) is. During this famous 1862 battle, a small group of Mexican infantrymen stopped a massive French invasion into Mexico. This victory created a feeling of unity in the country, which was a cause for celebration!

Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico, but is actually more popular in the United States. The largest event is held in Los Angeles, where more than half a million people attend Festival de Fiesta. Celebrations in Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Texas also attract thousands of people. And Girl Scouts around the country also get into the spirit with numerous events.

Here are some things you can do to celebrate Cinco de Mayo:

• Draw or bake a cake using the colors of the Mexican flag (red, white, and green). Or prepare a plate of colorful vegetables using peppers for red, cauliflower for white, and broccoli for green. Don’t forget the dip!

• Start a mariachi band: Go online to find ways to make some homemade instruments, like a maraca (sound shaker), and play along to some fun Mexican mariachi music.

• March in a parade: Find out if your area is hosting a Cinco de Mayo parade. Or gather some of your Girl Scout sisters and friends (and an adult, of course) and start your own impromptu march!

• Learn the history: Find out more about how General Ignacio Zaragosa and his troops triumphed over the French.