Cinco de Mayo

by Randy Ziegenfuss on May 15, 2014

Cinco_de_MayoOn May 5, Mrs. Alden’s Spanish I class at Salisbury Middle School celebrated Cinco de Mayo. Two of Mrs. Alden’s students, Jacob Zettlemoyer and Soleil Ducusin have contributed to this post.

Jacob Zettlemoyer: On Monday, May 5th, 2014, students of Sra. Alden’s Español 1 class celebrated the renowned festival known as “Cinco de Mayo.” Preparations began nearly a month before, so that ample time was allotted to bring in food, drinks, decorations, etc. Food and drinks were served throughout the celebration, including those such as empanadas and tacos, among others.

The celebration of Cinco de Mayo is very important to those who live in Mexico. It commemorates the victory of General Zaragoza against the French in the Battle of Puebla, Mexico. Since that time, long ago, it has been celebrated fiercely throughout Mexico and the United States.

Soleil Ducusin: All of the students who chose to study Spanish this year were excited for the Cinco de Mayo celebration. Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrating Mexico’s freedom from European countries. Even though this holiday was celebrated by specifically Mexicans, it’s also celebrated here in the United States. For our celebration, we brought a wide variety of Hispanic and American food such as tacos, chips, salsa, guacamole, empanadas, etc. Celebrating and enjoying a Hispanic holiday benefits the students learning Spanish. It introduces us to the culture(s) where the language and celebration originated, adding an enhancement to our learning. Overall, the celebration was a success which we all greatly enjoyed participating in.


Artwork by Kevin Hernandez.

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