Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco de Mayo: A History Lesson

The teacher in me really felt the need to be informative today. I really miss teaching sometimes, but I love being at home too.

Cinco de Mayo, although most of us folks in the USA think so, is not a celebration of Mexico's independence and is not the most celebrated holiday in Mexico. I think someone in the USA saw a good opportunity to make some money on yet another holiday, and they (whoever they are!) have done a fine job!

Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the tiny Mexican army's victory over the big bad French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Even though Mexico went on to lose subsequent battles, the Battle of Puebla was the first time since their civil war that Mexicans experienced success and,
through their courage and determination at Puebla, felt united again as a country.

All of my students should know this, because I taught it every year, and they each were in my class at least two years and heard it two times. However, I learned rather quickly that students don't always remember what you tell them, even when you bring food and make a big deal out of the whole thing. I also learned that when my children tell me, "The teacher didn't tell us that." that I better think twice before I doubt the teacher!

And just because I know you're wondering... Mexico's Independence Day is September 16th.


Unknown said...

I knew that! Do I get extra credit?

Kimberly said...

HA! I knew it too - how crazy is that! High school spanish was .. well never mind.. I don't need to even go there in terms of years!! thank you for stopping by the blog, but mostly thank you for praying! What a beautiful baby girl God has gifted you with -- she's just too cute for words!!

AA said...

Thanks for setting the record straight!! ;)