Cinco De Mayo Celebration

A Cinco de Mayo celebration is a holiday that remembers a victory won by the Mexican militia over the French army. The Battle of Puebla in 1862 is the date of the battle and the date of the holiday is May 5th. In 1867 even though the French outnumbered the Mexicans they were defeated and removed from the country. This is not the battle that won Mexico its independence. That happened on September 16, 1810-1820. Many people throughout Mexico and the United States commemorate this holiday. To help celebrate the holiday free Cinco de Mayo e-cards can be found online along with more information about the holiday. Honoring God and being thankful should be included with every celebration. "I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you." (Psalm 63:5)

To understand this holiday a person might want to research and find out more about the Mexican people and who they were. This can be accomplished by doing a search on the Internet. Before the 17th century explorers and conquerors in the native land were Indians, Spaniards, and other minorities. Later Europeans came to the land that included many from Spain and cultures that had a strong Catholic heritage. In addition, explorers came that were from France and Austria. Independence was proclaimed on September 16, 1810 and the war lasted 10 years. The struggles eventually led to the French army invading Mexico in 1867 at a time when the Mexican farmers came together to keep their independence and so they did!

Many people celebrate the holiday by enjoying the company of friends and family. A Cinco de Mayo celebration includes lots of good food and drink. A typical meal would most likely include salsa, cheese dip and chips, fajitas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, rice, beans and other types of Mexican food. Music is also a big part of the holiday. Celebrations include festivities, parades, folklore, dances, and lots of music and good food. Some festivities include fund raising events for Mexican-Americans who are in need. Many restaurants in the United States have decorations and specials to commemorate the holiday. The specials will include many types of foods and drinks.

Information about the holiday can be found online. Some sites include crafts, games, recipes, printables and free Cinco de Mayo e-cards. Children will enjoy printing out the printables and learning more about the holiday by coloring pictures. Some popular recipes include guacamole, fruit salsa, cinnamon chips, quesadillas, black beans, refried beans, Mexican pizza, and nachos. Some of the crafts include decorations based upon the holiday that children can make. A pinata is fun for children as they try to break it so they can rush to pick up the candy and treats that are inside. Online children can learn how to make their own pinata and fill it with the treats of choice.

One of the reasons why the Battle of Puebla was such a huge victory is because Mexico's army was outnumbered by the French almost two to one. A Cinco de Mayo celebration helps to commemorate this huge victory. The victory was a big one for the Mexican people and helped to unite them nationally. There are several large celebrations in the United States in various places where thousands of people congregate to commemorate the holiday. There are parades and festivals including merchants who are selling sundries of all kinds and foods that are popular in Mexico. The celebration lasts the entire day and includes lots of music, dancing, and eating. Some of the popular desserts served at this holiday include cakes, fried ice cream, flan, sopapillas, and cinnamon tortilla chips.

The Mexican flag is flown during the Cinco de Mayo celebration. The colors of the flag are green, white and red. Today Mexico has a population of over 100 million people. Some sites on the Internet have instructions on how to make a Mexican flag out of construction paper. This would be a fun project for children to help them to remember the meaning of the holiday. In addition, to making a flag children may want to try some of the other crafts online that include making maracas, sombreros, pinatas, dolls and streamers. Step by step instructions can be acquired by doing a search online.

Greetings can be sent online to family and friends to celebrate the holiday by finding free Cinco de Mayo e-cards. Free e-cards help to remind the giver and receiver of the importance of the holiday. The victory served to unite the people and remembering the victory is a symbol of that same unity that exists today. Greetings include sentiments of thanksgiving, love, appreciation, friendship, and warm felt feelings that portray the beauty of the holiday. Greetings can be sent that include bright colors with pictures of people celebrating by dancing and singing.

Some of the greetings found online that commemorate this festive holiday include free Cinco de Mayo e-cards that have animation and bright graphics. Most sites allow the reader to customize the card with his or her own sentiment. In addition, design changes can be made by changing the background, font style and color, and music. This personalized card can then be sent to the recipient who has an email address. Other choices include greetings for the holiday that can be purchased. The cards that can be purchased can be mailed or sent via email.

Celebrate President's Day

Exactly when is president's Day? The simple answer is that Americans celebrate presidents Day on the third Monday in February. But behind that simple answer are a few interesting bits of historical trivia that complicate the matter. The origins of the holiday go back to 1732 when Mary Ball Washington, the second wife of Augustine Washington, gave birth on February 11 to an infant boy named George. At that time, Great Britain, and, therefore, the American colonies, still used the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar. Over time, the Julian calendar's dates became increasingly out of sync with the seasons. So, in 1752, Great Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar, which Americans and most of the Western world now use. Because this change created an eleven-day gap, the celebration of George Washington's birth date was changed to February 22.

Accurately answering the question, when is president's day, begins with understanding the origins of the holiday which actually start almost at the very beginning of the founding of the United States. In 1778, the nation's first president was serenaded at Valley Forge by a continental army band. Historians believe this was the first public celebration of Washington's birthday. As a recognized holiday, the French Army in Rhode Island honored Washington on Monday, February 12, 1781. By the early 1800s, this great man, who first gained honor and recognition for his leadership during the War for Independence, was being remembered by Americans at events called Birthnight Balls and with speeches and receptions. President Chester Arthur officially designated Washington's birthdate as a federal holiday in 1885. The nation's sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, was born on February 12 Congress honored his birthday with a memorial address the year after he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth while watching a play at Ford's Theater on April 14, 1865 (he died the following day, on April 15). Both the nation's first and sixteenth presidents are appropriately remembered as men who believed in God's providence upon the young country that they were privileged to lead. Well-acquainted with Scripture, it's not hard to imagine either one praying for wisdom during difficult times. As the Proverbs writer, most likely King Solomon, said: "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all they getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee" (Proverbs 4:7-9).

Though both men are remembered as heroes, George Washington's birthday was nationally remembered, but Lincoln's birthday was never an official federal holiday. Some states honor the sixteenth president, memorializing his brave and steady leadership during the Civil War, but other states do not. The fifty individual states are not required to recognize the federally designated holidays, though all federal offices and agencies are closed on these dates. This is part of the confusion when answering the question, when is president's day? To address the confusion, and also in response to national associations that promoted travel and tourism, Congress passed House Resolution 15951 in 1968. The Uniform Holidays Bill, which took effect in 1971, contained several provisions. Primarily, the bill specified that several federal holidays would be celebrated on a Monday so that federal employees would have three-day weekends, allowing them to take short vacations. These included Washington's birthday, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day. The legislation also established Columbus Day as a federal holiday. (Though for a time, Veterans Day was celebrated on a Monday, the date for honoring military veterans was changed back to November 11 by federal legislation in 1978.) Federal employees may believe they celebrate presidents day on the third Monday of February, but officially the date is still designated as Washington's birthday.

Adding to the confusion is disagreement on how Richard Nixon, who was president when the Uniform Holidays Bill went into effect in 1971, announced the changes. Some say that, instead of issuing an executive order, Nixon issued a Presidential Proclamation that said Americans would celebrate presidents Day in the belief that the proclamation would give the holiday its official designation. However, Nixon did issue executive order number 11582 on February 11, 1971 that designated all the official federal holidays. Though the executive order specifically includes the third Monday of February as a designated federal holiday, the order doesn't give it a specific name or title. The prevailing federal statute continues to designate the holiday as Washington's Birthday. Members of Congress tried again to align federal statutes with the prevailing cultural practice by introducing House Resolution 420, the Washington-Lincoln Recognition Act of 2001. However, this legislation never made it out of its assigned subcommittees so a final bill was never voted on by either the full House of Representatives or the United States Senate.

In conclusion, the answer to when is president's day seems to depend on where one lives. Though often used nationally as a designation on calendars and in advertising, it's not an official federal holiday. Some states apparently created their own designations, but it is up to each state to decide which holidays to recognize. For example, Florida's state offices and agencies are closed on the third Monday in January to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, which is also a federally recognized holiday. However, the state offices and agencies are not closed on the third Monday in February to celebrate presidents day.





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