Learn about Mexican Culture with Cinco de Mayo Coloring Pages
As you get ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, why not learn more about Mexican culture? These printable Cinco de Mayo coloring pages are a fun way to explore some of the traditional symbols and icons of Mexico. From the country’s colorful landscape to its popular dishes, there’s a lot to discover! So grab your crayons and join the party!
The Cinco de Mayo festival in May in Mexico is the most celebrated but perhaps the least understood in the world. So what are its origin and meaning? How is the festival celebrated, where does it play, and what role does it play in Mexican history?
What is the Mayo Cinco de Mayo Festival in Mexico?
Literally “The Fifth of May”, Cinco de Mayo was a Mexican holiday that celebrated the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. It was one of the few Mexican victories during the French invasion. Mexico.
Contrary to popular belief, this is not the first time France has attacked Mexico. Back in 1838 and 1839, Mexico and France fought the so-called Pastry Wars. During that conflict, France invaded and occupied the city of Veracruz.
In 1861, France sent a large army to invade Mexico again. As was the case 20 years earlier, the aim was to collect debts incurred during and after Mexico’s war of independence from Spain.
The French army was much larger and better trained and equipped than the Mexicans who were struggling to defend the road to Mexico City. It rolled through Mexico until it reached Puebla, where the Mexicans performed a brave stand.
Against all logic, they won a huge victory. However, the victory was short-lived. The French army regrouped and continued, eventually taking Mexico City.
In 1864, the French brought in Maximilian of Austria. The man who would become Emperor of Mexico was a young European aristocrat who spoke barely any Spanish.
Maximilian’s heart is in the right place, but most Mexicans don’t want him. In 1867, he was overthrown and executed by forces loyal to President Benito Juarez.
Despite this event, the euphoria of the uncertain victory in the Battle of Puebla against overwhelming odds is remembered every 5th May.
Thoughts on the history of the Cinco de Mayo festival?
The Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, is considered Mexico’s greatest military victory and a symbol of the solidarity and patriotism of the Mexican people.
Although the French would defeat the Mexicans in the ensuing battles, the Mexican army’s victory over Puebla against a large, well-armed French army boosted fighting spirit, fighting spirit. fight to hold the country for the Mexican army and people and delay the invasion of Mexico City.
Cinco de Mayo has become associated with celebrating Mexican-American culture. Celebrations began in California, where they have been held every year since 1863. The day became nationally popular in the 1980s due to advertising campaigns by beer, liquor, and tequila companies. On 5 May every year, they celebrate the Puebla victory, a regional celebration in Mexico, mainly in the state of Puebla. In other parts of the country, the holiday also enjoys some limited recognition. It is still a popular holiday in the United States, where it is celebrated annually as Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo became popular in the US in the 1960s when Chicano activists in the US raised awareness of the holiday, seeing it as a battle of indigenous Mexicans winning over European imperialist forces. In cities like San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, St. Paul, Chicago, and Los Angeles, you’ll find Cinco de Mayo celebrations including carnivals, street fairs, and multi-day carnivals. Parades, food, dance and music make up the festivities. There may also be hot pepper or chili eating contests and a Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant.
How is the Cinco de Mayo Festival celebrated?
The celebration of Cinco de Mayo today has become a festival of music, food, and dance that attracts huge crowds of tourists. The festival is lively where folk dances can be enjoyed, all the men of the city dressed in traditional costumes with colorfully disguised faces pour into the square, they parade to the music. Popsicles, mariachi music, margaritas cocktails, and mouthwatering dishes, all with a touch of Mexican culture.
Celebrations take place in the impressive state of Colorado with a cooking contest with green chili powder and a contest to eat tacos (Mexican deep-fried meat pies), while the festival takes place in the city of San Diego. jubilant with music and flamenco dances, horse-drawn carriage rides, and outdoor beer-drinking areas.
If your kids missed the Cinco de Mayo festival, we can still celebrate it with Cinco de Mayo. This way, children can unleash their creativity to turn a black and white sheet into a colorful Mexican festival.
If you’re looking for a creative way to commemorate this festival, consider downloading these Cinco de Mayo coloring pages. They’ll give your child the opportunity to explore Mexican culture while also teaching them valuable lessons about respecting other cultures and differences. The best part is that they are fun! You can download printable PDFs or order physical copies in our store here. Download your copy today at coloringpagesonly.com!