Commemorative Spanish Vocabulary
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Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s victory over France during the Battle of Puebla in 1862, which stopped the French army’s advance into the country and unified Mexico.*
A few towns in Mexico recreate the battle every 5th of May, while a number of US cities celebrate the holiday with parades and parties featuring Mexcian food, music, and dancing. The holiday is not celebrated – in fact, is virtually unknown – in countries without sizeable Mexican populations.
|May 5th||Cinco de Mayo|
|fireworks||los fuegos artificiales|
|the French||los franceses|
|outnumbered||superado en número|
* Cinco de Mayo celebrates this particular battle, though the final defeat and expulsion of the invading French army occurred 5 years later.
Cinco de Mayo is not the same thing as Mexican Independence Day (el Grito de Dolores), which is celebrated on 16 September.
Spanish listening practice
- What is Cinco de Mayo? (Lesson, K – 4th grade)
- Cinco de Mayo (Video, K – 5th grade)
- Cinco de Mayo Facts and Myths (Worksheet, 2nd-5th grade)
- Celebrating Cinco de Mayo Without Stereotypes (Article, 2nd-12th grade)
- Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (Lesson, 4th-6th grade)
- Cinco de Mayo Shopping Spree (Worksheet, 4th-6th grade)
- Cinco de Mayo (Worksheet, 4th-7th grade)
- Viva Cinco de Mayo (Worksheet, 4th-8th grade)
- What is Cinco de Mayo? (Lesson, 4th-8th grade)
- Cinco de Mayo Preguntas (Worksheet, 5th-7th grade)
- Cinco de Mayo (Lesson, 6th-12th grade)
- Cinco de Mayo (Worksheet, 12th – Higher Ed)
Spanish vocabulary for other holidays
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