Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo means "fifth of May" in Spanish. It is a national holiday in Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French army on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

In the United States Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture, just as Saint Patrick's Day is a day to celebrate Irish culture.


Wear red, green, and white (the colors of the Mexican flag).

Mexico Folk Costume

The Mexican clothing of choice worn during Cinco de Mayo is called the charro. It includes a hat called a sombrero and a sparkly jacket. Women may wear skirts with ruffles that fluff out during dancing.

Sombrero Art Project
A nice art project for classrooms.

Make a Mexican Poncho
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by making this brightly colored poncho.

Easy Sombrero Template


Make Make paper flowers from tissue paper at Bry-Back Manor. Printable paper patterns.

Things to Do

Chocolate originated in Mexico. Make chocolate Mexicano. Melt 1 ounce of Mexican or other type of chocolate in 1 cup milk. If you do not have Mexican chocolate, add a pinch of ground cinnamon. Beat with an eggbeater until frothy.


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