Mrs. Gish’s Spanish students are celebrating Cinco de Mayo with their own fiesta and commercials!
For Cinco de Mayo, students researched the history surrounding the holiday. Which, if you didn’t know, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican victory against France in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla in the Franco-Mexican War. This victory was monumental since the odds were against the Mexican troops in a fight of roughly 6,000 French against 2,000 Mexicans. This symbolically fueled the resistance movement at the time, and while the battle itself was not a huge part of the overall war, the bolstering of spirits carried them to victory over the French. A common misconception is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day- which is actually August 16th.
After learning the true meaning behind the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, students created their own restaurant that focused on popular, traditional Mexican, or Tex-Mex, cuisine! They also made commercials to advertise their business and display their specials for the holiday season.
Plenty of students created their own traditional meals, such as enchiladas, dulce de leche, sweet bread, and other celebratory dishes for their event!