Cultural Traditions Report
The American and Mexican cultures celebrate May 5th with festivities, food, and drinks. One might wonder, why we celebrate this day. Well, May 5th, otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo in Spanish, commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla during the French-Mexican war in the 1800’s. While this culture tradition has been adopted and popularized in America, it is still celebrated in Mexico. The day is spent with festivities, food, and drinks. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated in Puebla; however, there are other parts of Mexico who celebrate as well.
Furthermore, there are many Mexican-American communities in the United States, primarily in California. This traditional holiday has been widely celebrated in the States, and is celebrated with parades, mariachi music, as well as food and drinks like tacos, tamales, cerveza, and margaritas. Cinco de Mayo is surprisingly a more popular tradition in the United States than it is in Mexico. However, many people often confuse this celebration as Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually celebrated in September.
The French tried invading Mexico, as they were too poor of a country to pay its debts. To everyone’s surprise, the Mexican troops who were fighting on that day, ended up victorious in the Battle of Puebla. However, they had lost Mexico City. This is where the United States comes into play. They aligned with Mexico and helped push the French out of Mexico
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Mexico Independence Day is always celebrated on September 16th. Mexico gained their independence on September 16th, 1810. Many mexicans celebrate their independence day with fireworks. Many families also have fiestas on this special day in September. On this day people eat a lot of food and drink a lot of drinks. People also will gather around and dance and sing and play music on this day as well. Mexico’s Flags are also flown in the air on this day as well. People have lots of decorations of Mexico’s colors which is Red, White, and Green. Many people plant flowers this day as well. Usually the colors of the flowers are Red, White, & Green. Whistles are blown on this day as well and lots of screaming is done too. People
In Mexico, fiestas occur frequently throughout the year as a custom. Mexicans gather on these holidays to eat dance,take part in parades, and remember historic or religious events. Mexican Independence Day celebrates the separation of the country from Spain on September 16, 1810. Another famous celebration is Day of the Dead which is celebrated on the first of November. Although it may sound scary, this celebration is a cheerful time of remembering friends and family members who have died.
In our society today, culture is not what it used to be hundreds of years ago. There is no more “pure” culture. Our culture today is enriched with many different traditions and customs that are being shared and adopted. Due to emigration and immigration, a variety of diverse customs, beliefs, and knowledge moved with every exiting and entering human being. Thus, changing and shaping the culture of many. Throughout the world, the beliefs and religious views of culture are dissimilar around the world. By taking the time to read, listen and learn about certain people’s culture, there will be knowledge and understanding that will be gained.
In Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is a celebration to honor the dead. This holiday was made for people struggle with losing loved ones, and celebrating it was found to be a good way to help them cope. Families can be seen in the cemetery bringing festive gifts to memorialize lost members.
Cinco de Mayo means the fifth of May. It is not an independence day for Mexico like most unknowledgeable people think. Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on the 15th of September. Mexico declared independence from Spain on the 24th of August 1821. Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday either. Mexico and the United States savor this holiday because it is the day where Mexican peasants/ commoners defeated the French and Mexican traitor army that double them in size in Puebla, Mexico one hundred miles away from Mexico city on the 5th of May, 1862.
Mexican culture celebrates their independence with a holiday and fireworks on Cinco de Mayo. The American ritual for independence is celebrated on July 4th also with a holiday and fireworks. Another ritual that is participated in annually by both Mexican and American cultures is the celebration of Christmas. Gift giving is a common ritual during the Christmas season. There are also some very unique rituals specific to each culture. For starters, one the most distinctive rituals in all of the World takes place in the Mexican culture, Dia de Los Muertos. Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration with masks like skulls and dancing honoring late ancestors. Another ritual specific to the Mexican culture is the holiday recognizing the Lady of the Guadalupe. The ritual feast remembers the sightings of her near present day Mexico City. American culture also contains some unique rituals. A very patriotic ritual takes place in the grade school class everyday; it is called the Pledge of Allegiance. This ritual instills patriotic values as well as teaching loyalty to thy nation. Thanksgiving is another example of a ritual not in Mexican culture that is in American culture.
While Cinco de Mayo is an important holiday for those living in Puebla, it is also a major event for the millions of Mexican-Americans living in the United States. Although practically every part of the United States celebrates Cinco de Mayo in some form or the other, the Southwestern regions of America are home to the largest celebrations of Cinco de Mayo. In cities such as Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, and San Antonio, a large proportion of the population has Mexican origins. Many people hang up banners advocating these special holiday, and school districts organize lessons and special events to educate their pupils about the culture of Americans of Mexican
Cinco De Mayo is celebrated on the 5th of May. Cinco De Mayo is celebrated to remember the victory for Mexico over France in 1962 and was at the battle of Puebla (Staff, 2009). However, in Mexico, Cinco De Mayo isn't considered a major holiday (Staff, 2009). Cinco De Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture (Staff, 2009). We will talk about the history of Cinco De Mayo, and explain the difference between the two holidays.
The culture of the Mexican people has been resilient in Southern California. The Mexican culture is a culture of pride, courage, and humbleness that is exhibited at LA Plaza De Cultura Y Artes. This resilient culture was exhibited during the tumultuous times of the early 20th century throughout Southern California. The early 20th century specifically the twenty’s through the forties was a dangerous period as many Mexican-Americans experienced levels of racial discrimination that went against their rights of being American citizens. Incidents range from forced cultural assimilation, beating, and lynchings, to mass illegal deportations. Still, after all these injustices Mexican-Americans responded by standing up and not letting racism and fear
I attend to quinceañeras. A quinceañera is when a girl turns 15 and is considered a woman in Hispanic culture, so they throw a big party that is considered a quinceañera. Another Hispanic event that I attend to is el dia de los reyes magos (day of the biblical magi). On this day my family gets together and eat a big rosca (a Spanish and Portuguese bread dish eaten in Mexico) inside, there is small toys that look like kids if you get them you have to make tamales for the whole family.I like to attend to el dia de los muertos in November 2.In this day we honor our love ones that have pass away to the other
Holidays the Hispanic culture does celebrate the most popular holiday like: Christmas Eve/Day, New Year’s Day, Three Kings Day, and Easter. These holidays are heart of their religion and it due to the government making them a national holiday.
Every May fifth Americans across the United States take the opportunity to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with parades, mariachi music, folk dancing, Mexican food and of course margaritas. But for most Mexicans Cinco de Mayo it’s not a big deal. It is nothing more than a national holiday. Cinco de Mayo is one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays.
Many non-Hispanic people tend to think that all Hispanics are Mexican. Mexicans make up almost two thirds of the Hispanic population in the United States, but that does not mean that there is any shortage in diversity among Hispanics. Being Hispanic makes it easy for me to identify the differences in Latin America culture. Hispanics are one of the most racially diverse ethnic groups in the world. Hispanics are light skinned, black with afro textured hair, Indigenous, Asian, Spanish, German, and Italian.
For example every year, millions of Mexicans get together in the streets to celebrate Mexico’s Independence the night before with el Grito de Dolores. On el Dia de Los Muertos, people go out to the cemeteries of their beloved family members to decorate their tombs with beautiful flowers, and the streets are filled with people