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El cinco de mayo

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Kelly Hong

on 17 March 2014

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Transcript of El cinco de mayo

¿Cuando es el cinco de mayo?

de mayo

El Cinco de Mayo occure en México y los Estados Unidos cada año. Este día de celebración es muy importante en la cultura y la identidad mexicana. Muchas personas celebran el Cinco de Mayo por el simbolismo y el significado.
una celebración de la cultura mexicana
By: Kelly Hong & Christine Deng
IB Spanish 11 SL, PD 2
La Comida
The origins of cinco de mayo
Cinco de Mayo claims its origins as a celebration honoring the victory of the Mexicans over the French at the Battle of Puebla. On May 5, 1862, French troops under Napoleon III and General Charles Latrille de Lorencez attacked the Mexican city of Puebla in an attempt to collect debt from Mexican president Benito Juárez. In retaliation, Mexicans under the command of Ignacio Zaragoza fought back and honorably forced the French to retreat, resulting in a small but significant victory.

How is Cinco de Mayo celebrated?
Cinco de Mayo is typically celebrated with military parades, parties with traditional folk dancing and Mariachi music, and recreations of the Battle of Puebla. Although Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico (mainly in Puebla and Mexico City), the United States also honors the holiday in major cities like Houston, Chicago, and Los Angeles. For instance, in the Peñón de los Baños, a neighborhood in Mexico City, residents recreate Cinco de Mayo battles and sustain the tradition of celebration. Vibrantly colored decorations and festive foods and games mark traditional celebrations of Cinco de Mayo. This holiday is a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and appreciate family and friends, as well as those who have sacrificed their lives for Mexican liberty.
Los actividades tradicionales del Cinco de Mayo
Normalmente, muchas personas participan en los bailes tradicionales durante el Cinco de Mayo. Las chicas llevan los vestidos coloridos y adornados, y los chicos llevan las guayaberas, un tipo de camisa, con los pantalones. Para el zapateado, los chicos llevan las botas especiales también. Los bailes folklóricos son una parte muy grande y importante en las fiestas y las comunidades latinas. Además, los bailes reflejan la cultura, el patrimonio, y el orgullo que las personas tienen.
Por otro lado, la música de mariachi es muy popular en las celebraciones tradicionales. Una banda de mariachi consiste del violín, la guitarra, la trompeta, y los instrumentistas vihuela. Los estilos de música incluyen la Banda, la Ranchera, el Norteño. La música mariachi es típicamente rápida y optimista, y es común durante el Cinco de Mayo.
En el Cinco de Mayo, las personas comen la comida tradicional mexicana para celebrar. Estas comidas incluyen...
Molé es un tipo de salsa hecha con ingredienes insuales como chilies y chocolate. Se come con arroz y carne.
Chile Relleno
Chile Relleno es de Puebla, Mexico. La comida es hecho de chile con relleno y carne. El chile es cuece en huevo batido.
Los tamales están hechos de masa (un tipo de pasta). Continenen carnes, chilies, frijoles y son generalmente se cocinan en una envoltura de la hoja.
Molé (Poblano)
Los desfiles y las carrozas
Las carnavales
Las piñatas
La tequila, las margaritas, y las horchatas
Las recreaciones de batallas
Otras características del cinco de mayo
Chile en Nogada
El Chile en Nogada incluye el chile, la salsa de nuez, y la granada. Los colores de la comida reflejan los colores de la bandera Mexico. (El verde para el chili, blanco para la salsa, y el rojo para la granada.)

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Kelly's Reflection
Overall, I enjoyed researching and creating an internet scrapbook on the holiday of Cinco de Mayo. It was very interesting to learn about the Mexican culture and about how people take pride in their country and history. In addition, researching on one particular holiday allowed me to expand my knowledge of the world and people around me. It certainly provided a sense of worldly insight on the diversity of Latin American countries, particularly Mexico. On the other hand, researching information on Cinco de Mayo enabled me to compare American society to that of Mexico. Through learning about the different customs, foods, and festivities of Cinco de Mayo, I grew to appreciate the variety of celebrations honored around the world.
If I were to complete this Latin American and Spanish holidays project again, I would not choose Cinco de Mayo. This is because there are countless holidays other than Cinco de Mayo that hold significance to the Latino and Hispanic communities. Therefore, I would choose a different celebration in order to learn about other cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries. Also, I would not choose Cinco de Mayo due to the fact that I practically researched everything there is to know about the holiday. Instead of looking up redundant facts about the holiday, I would very much rather learn about something new and exciting. For example, the Festival of San Fermín and the tradition of the running of the bulls greatly interests me. It seems like an interesting, strangely unique, and dangerous holiday. Therefore, I would not choose the same holiday to research if I were to complete this scrapbook project again.
In terms of group work and participation, my partner (Christine) and I split the work up into equal parts. While she was in charge of researching about the cuisine of Cinco de Mayo and creating the bibliography, I researched the origin and activities of Cinco de Mayo celebrations. We also completed the prezi scrapbook before the due date and conscientiously avoided procrastination. In addition, Christine and I both put creative input into the project and exchanged ideas to make an informative and visually pleasing prezi. It was also very easy to work with my partner, as she was willing to listen and contribute to the project. In return, I was also willing to work and compromise my ideas for new ones. Therefore, I would give ourselves and our project an “A+” , as much time and effort were put into making a quality project.
Christine's Reflection
Since Cinco de Mayo was originally a Mexican holiday, it is no surprise that throughout the completion of this project, I learned a lot about the Mexican culture. That being said, I did enjoy this project. The Battle of Puebla is often overlooked as a small war; however, it is nice that Cinco de Mayo was established as a holiday to honor the Mexican heritage as well as the Mexican soldiers that sacrificed their lives in defending the Mexican City, Puebla.
If I could re-do this project, I would probably choose Cinco de Mayo again. Although Cinco de Mayo pertains only to the Mexican culture & people, it is still a widely celebrated holiday. Prior to completing this project, I knew about Cinco de Mayo, but not enough about its original heritage and methods of celebration. Completing this project enabled me to dive deeper into the history behind the widely-celebrated Cinco de Mayo and educated me about the Battle of Puebla. Therefore, I would most likely choose this project again, if given the choice.

The work for this project was divided up evenly between my partner (Kelly) and I. While Kelly worked on the origin and history behind Cinco de Mayo, I researched the cuisine of Cinco de Mayo and created the bibliography. Procrastination was irrelevant as we managed to complete this project a week before the due date. In addition, Kelly and I communicated our ideas via social networking and texting. In doing so, we were able to share our input and suggestions in the making of this presentation. Therefore, I would give both of us nothing lower than an “A+” because of the hard work and effort we put in making this Cinco de Mayo project as informative and interactive as possible.
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