Fun Ways Families can Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
By Oscar Ramirez
County of Orange Social Services Agency
Maintaining strong cultural ties and traditions is important for current and former foster children. Cultural identity contributes to resiliency, well-being and developing positive coping skills. Resource parents can help children stay connected to their culture by recognizing and celebrating important events. Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) is one such event. With a rich Mexican heritage in Orange County, there are many ways families can celebrate.
Cinco de Mayo History
Known as the Battle of Puebla — and often confused as Mexican Independence Day — Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of an undermanned and ill-equipped Mexican army against the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862. The French military invaded Mexico due to debt Mexico owed France and other European countries. After years of war, France withdrew their forces in 1867. The victory at Puebla served as a symbol of the Mexican army’s resilience and determination.