Cinco De Mayo, meaning “Fifth of May,” is meant to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French Forces.
The history began when Mexico declared, in 1861, a moratorium on the repayment of foreign debts. This resulted in the English, Spanish, and French troops decided to attack. By April 1862, the English, as well as Spain, had retreated. On May 5th, General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated French troops at the Battle of Puebla, southeast of Mexico City, and about 1,000 French troops were killed.
Cinco De Mayo is celebrated across the globe and has now reached Stacey with our very own Cinco De Mayo celebration! During lunch, there were festive games and the Dance Club, dressed in beautifully colored dresses, kindly performed a traditional dance to a mostly student audience.
“The dance performance was traditional, and I really enjoyed the music they played with the dance,” says Isabella Orozco. She loved the candies that were handed out. She also loved the performer’s dresses, and she rated the performance 10/10!
Along with the dance, brochures were handed out with information on Cinco de Mayo, and the announcer, Kelsey Tang, quizzed the audience. If a specific student got the answer right, that person would receive candy.
In America, Cinco De Mayo has taken on more importance than in Mexico. In the U.S., the date has been linked with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the event is usually celebrated through military parades.