Cinco de Mayo — Get Ready — Pronto!!

El 5 de Mayo

 

            Coming soon to the CR campus will be a celebration of Mexican heritage with the annual 5 de Mayo festival in the Lakeview Room. It will be a two day event, beginning on May 4th at 3:30-4:45 pm by Cynthia Hooper and her presentation on the relationship between the United States and Mexico. She will also lecture over the issues of water, economic development, and the environment. But that is just getting things started.

            On May 5th, at 11:30-2 pm, the real festivities start. The program will consist of a variety of events celebrating the Mexican festival. At 11:30 there will be a Mexican buffet. Following the buffet, there will be a full program of music and dance, student essays and poetry, and also a theatre performance put on by the CR Spanish 2B students. All are invited, and all activities are free of charge.

            5 de Mayo is a celebration of the great Mexican victory against the French in 1862, contrary to the popular misconception that it is the National Day of Independence, which is September 16. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely defeat of the French forces at the Battle of Puebla, in which the French outnumbered them 2-1. 5 de Mayo is celebrated worldwide, though not an obligatory federal holiday in Mexico.

            5 de Mayo is an awesome celebration of Mexican heritage, hopefully we all can take something positive away from it this year and have a learning experience from our neighbor to the south’s culture.

 

By Frank Skeen

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