Cinco de Mayo, The 5th of May, is not, as many people think, Mexico's Independence Day. It actually commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is also more widely celebrated as a fun food and drink filled day in the United States than it is in Mexico!
There are a number of ways to get in on the celebration, and yes, you can even do so by visiting your local library! Check the catalog for books about the history and significance of this holiday, brush up on your Spanish by checking out some language learning CDs or by logging into the Mango Languages database from our homepage, or take home a Spanish-language film to watch with the family (with the subtitles in English for those of us who need that!) Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Cinco de Mayo : what is everybody celebrating? : the story behind Mexico's Battle of Puebla by Donald W. Miles
Cinco de Mayo crafts by Carol Gnojewski
Starting Out in Spanish (Book on CD) by Living Language
Conversational Spanish (Book on CD) by Pimsleur
Volver (Spanish Language DVD)
Flo, la mosca mentirosa (Children's Spanish Language DVD)
There are also lots of events and activites going on around Atlanta tomorrow. Follow these links for activites and Mexican food in your neighborhood.
Enjoy a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo!