On May 5, 1863, Americans first celebrated Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo was first celebrated in Mexican communities in what are now California, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico.Today, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated all over the United States—but not in Mexico! Cinco de Mayo is not a Mexican holiday. It is a Mexican-American holiday. On Cinco de May, communities may hold parades and picnics honoring the contributions Mexican Americans have made to the United States. Schools and other groups may listen to mariachi music or participate in baile folklorico (folk dancing) performances.Of course, Cinco de Mayo is also a time to celebrate Chicano culture with food, such as guacamole, burritos, or spicy chilis.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry celebrate Verb
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
Civil War Noun
(1860-1865) American conflict between the Union (north) and Confederacy (south).
learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.
system of organization or government where the people decide policies or elect representatives to do so.
cultural or family background.
period of celebration or honor.
how a person defines themselves, or how others define them.
genre of traditional Mexican music featuring a variety of stringed instruments (such as violin, guitar, and guitarron), trumpet, and strong voices.
to take part in an activity.
directly having to do with something or someone.
large community, linked through similarities or relationships.
recommendation or compliment given in gratitude.