Cinco de Mayo (SINK-oh DAY MY-OH) is the biggest Mexican holiday in the United States. It is a special day to honor and celebrate the Mexican heritage and culture. The 5th of May (“Cinco de Mayo” in Spanish) was the day in 1862 when the Mexican army won an unlikely victory over the French forces at the Battle of Puebla. The anniversary of that date is a time to celebrate freedom and liberty.
Personally, I look forward to the 5th of May each year to be able to celebrate my love for the Latino culture. I taught at an American International School in Guatemala for many years and remember fondly the parades, dancing, music, fireworks, and food. The sights and sounds of these spectacular Spanish holidays are enriching and unforgettable.
As per usual, we went to the library and took out all the Cinco de Mayo for kids books in our district. Most of the books were non-fiction books, and I’ll bet you’ll be able to find similar ones in your local library, too. One of our favorites was from the Cloverleaf Holiday Books series, titled Marco’s Cinco de Mayo, by Lisa Bullard and Holli Conger.
5 Cinco de Mayo Yoga Poses for Kids
Cinco de Mayo is yet another fun holiday to practice through Mexican-themed yoga poses for kids! You could either choose some Mexican-inspired yoga poses to go on a pretend journey to Mexico, or follow the Cinco de Mayo-themed yoga sequence below. These are suggested yoga poses, and you can certainly change or adapt according to your child’s interest, age, and enthusiasm. The yoga postures are also listed in a particular sequence to invite flow from one pose to the next:
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Other Cinco de Mayo for Kids Activities:
- Make mini-piñatas and fill it with treats and sweets.
- Make a tissue paper Mexican flag.
- Play or sing Cinco de Mayo songs and rhymes.
- Make Mexican pork tacos.
- Study the Mexican Culture.
- Make a sombrero and maracas.
- Make Guatemalan worry dolls.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! ¡Viva el Cinco de Mayo!
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