|Parades, traditional foods, colorful crafts, and happy people are the trademarks of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo presents a wonderful opportunity each year for two neighboring countries the United States and Mexico-- to acknowledge and re-affirm their friendship. The holiday glorifies freedom and liberty, ideas that are cherished by citizens of both North American democracies. Narrated in English.
1) Students will learn what Cinco de Mayo is.
2) Students will learn why it is celebrated, and its importance as a holiday.
3) Students will receive a brief history of Cinco de Mayo and be introduced to an important figure related to the history of Cinco de Mayo, Ignacio Zaragosa.
4) Students will also see how this popular Mexican-American holiday is celebrated.
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Gr 7-12 - "This overview will help students understand the history and importance of the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. Part one introduces the holiday. It explains that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's independence day, as is often assumed, but rather the anniversary of the Mexican defeat of an invading French army in 1862, and is a day that has come to signify freedom and independence to the Mexican people. Part two provides background about the Mexican Civil War and subsequent French invasion of Mexico. It also explains why the Mexican army's victory over the French invaders helped end France's colonial ambitions in North America and prevented the French from intervening in the American Civil War. The last part examines the parades, activities, music, food, and arts and crafts that are integral parts of Cinco de Mayo celebrations in both the U.S. and Mexico. All three segments emphasize the significance of the holiday's theme of freedom, and its importance in fostering good relations and better understanding between the U.S. and Mexico. An attractive young Hispanic woman, Linda Mares, hosts and narrates the film. Her narration is clear and easily understood, with a background of Mariachi music. Technical quality is very good. Visuals include vintage art and illustrations and contemporary moving footage of Cinco de Mayo celebrations. This film will give students clearer understanding of the holiday and why it is celebrated, and it is a good choice for middle and secondary libraries."
Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
Reviewed in School Library Journal - July 2003
Reproduced, with permission from School Library Journal
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