The Battle of Puebla Day, or Cinco de Mayo, takes place on the fifth of May to commemorate the victory of Mexico over France. Although this has been a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the U.S. as a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage.
The event is celebrated in areas with large Mexican American populations. But it does not indicate Mexican Independence Day because it only celebrates one battle in the state of Puebla led by General Ignacio Zaragoza.
Cinco de Mayo in Mexico
The celebration of Cinco de Mayo is mainly observed in Puebla, but other parts of the country also participate in the celebration. Traditional celebration includes military parades, recreation of the Battle of Puebla, and other festive events. But it is not a federal holiday, so banks, offices, and stores remain open during this day.
Cinco de Mayo in the U.S.
Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. celebrates of Mexican heritage and culture. The celebrations take place in areas where Mexican American populations are substantial.
In the 1960s, Chicano activists were spreading knowledge of the holiday. Their mission was to bring awareness to the victory of the Indigenous Mexicans over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla.
Nowadays, the occasion brings mariachi bands, parades, parties, Mexican folk dancing, and traditional foods like mole poblano and tacos. The largest festivals happen in the cities of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.
Cinco de Mayo in assisted living facilities
As part of American tradition, Cinco de Mayo comes with a variety of Mexican foods and margaritas. So, learning more culturally accurate and respectful ways to honor this day is important for everyone.
There are indeed countless options to celebrate the occasion in assisted living facilities this year.
- Residents in assisted living facilities can commemorate the event by wearing Cinco de Mayo-inspired outfits in red, white, and green accents, mainly the colors of the Mexican flag.
- Hang decorations.
Hanging balloons, confetti, and streamers with red, white, and green accent can be very festive and commemorative of the occasion.
- Cinco de Mayo menu
Eating Mexican food is probably the best way to celebrate the occasion on May 5. Of course, it is not on the menu every single day. So, partaking in the sumptuous Mexican menu is always an option.
- Cinco de Mayo games
Residents can celebrate the Cinco de Mayo by participating in the games most suitable for the occasion. For example, here are some of the games you can coordinate with the management of the assisted living facilities to help you out.
- Piñata-hitting party
- Taco bar lunch
- Salsa tasting for residents
- Pass the sombrero
- Peso toss
So, the celebration of Cinco de Mayo in assisted living facilities never ends there. In fact, you can hire a traditional Mariachi band to perform during mealtime or hold a salsa dancing class.
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