I remember my first year as a Spanish teacher in the United States. I was also new in the country and have to admit that I had never heard of "Cinco de Mayo." I was quietly walking into the school library when I suddenly heard "Happy Cinco de Mayo." Happy Cinco de Mayo? What was that all about? It was another teacher wishing me the best Cinco de Mayo ever! I was so confused and asked, "What are you talking about? Cinco de Mayo?" She opened her eyes widely and told me, "I can't believe it! You are a Spanish teacher and you don't know anything about Cinco de Mayo?" She was so right, I didn't know anything about it! I was so embarrassed and shyly said, "No, I don't know anything about it." Oh, well, it's a Mexican celebration", she said. And that answer was how our conversation ended.
I have put together a list of resources that I have found! Please, feel free to add more in the comments space:
History and facts behind “El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla” (Battle of Puebla Day)
Cinco de Mayo in Wikepedia
Cinco de Mayo in History.com
Authentic Mexican Recipes to try at home
Mexican Arts and Artists
Frida Kahlo at Mommy Maestra
National Museum of Arts
Take a virtual trip to Mexico
Blogs about culture, travels and food
The Other Side of the Tortilla
Here is a free resource to use with your students: "Mini-book: Mi Libro Sobre Mexico". Click HERE to download the file.