By Linda Lowery
To be used IN colleges AND LIBRARIES merely. This publication examines Cinco de Mayo, exploring the foundation of the vacation and the numerous methods it really is celebrated through the Mexican tradition.
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38 Children dress up like campesinos. They carry machetes and shovels. People clap and toss confetti. Little bits of pink, blue, green, purple, and yellow paper shower down on the parade. 39 That night there is a show on the famous battlefield. People dress up like soldiers and act out the Battle of Puebla. They do not use bullets and cannonballs. Instead they toss f lowers at each other. They throw eggshells filled with confetti. Fireworks burst in the sky above Puebla’s forts. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become a big fiesta too.
He had no extra money for the South. In the meantime, President Lincoln and President Juárez kept in touch. As soon as he could, Abraham Lincoln sent guns and bullets to Mexico. When the Civil War ended in 1865, Lincoln rushed soldiers to the border. Now it was Napoleon who was worried. The United States was standing together with Mexico. 32 Was Napoleon going to continue this war? No, he decided. Finally, in 1867, the French left Mexico. Never again has a European army invaded the Americas. 33 ¡Fiesta!
43 Families serve traditional Mexican foods. There are tacos and enchiladas and spicy snacks. One of the most famous dishes, called mole, comes from Puebla. It is a sauce made with 40 ingredients, including chilies and spices and chocolate. 44 Children burst piñatas packed with candy, fruit, and tiny toys. People dance to the guitars and trumpets of mariachi players. The day ends with fireworks, laser light shows, and concerts. 45 On Cinco de Mayo, Mexicans and Americans celebrate together. We celebrate the small army that won over great odds.