Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Wednesday, May 5, at 4 p.m.

Mexican flagOn Wednesday May 5, at 4 p.m., you are invited to join us in celebrating Cinco de Mayo.  Parents, preschoolers and elementary school children are welcome to view and discuss our interesting Cinco de Mayo Holiday Facts and Fun DVD.

Cinco de Mayo has been celebrated in Mexico since 1862.  It is a celebration of Mexico's victory against France in the Battle of Puebla.  France had 2,000 more soldiers than Mexico, but the Mexican army had the farmers to help, and with the help of mother nature, Mexico won the battle on May 5, 1862.

At that time, President Abraham Lincoln of the United States and President Benito Juarez of Mexico were friends. After the United States ended its own Civil War in 1865, Lincoln supported Mexico with soldiers on the border, and in 1867 the war finally ended.  The United States and Mexico are good neighbors, and so this relationship is expressed by celebrating Cinco de Mayo on both sides of the border.

Express your joy during this holiday by participating in the festivities, including good food and drinks.  Wear the colors of the Mexican flag—red, white and green, and enjoy the grand celebration.

For more information, be sure to check out the book Cinco De Mayo by Linda Lowery.