In honor of Cinco de Mayo here are some photos taken in Tijuana. On a stage set up in the street, a regional folk dance from each Mexican state, complete with typical costume was being performed on the day we happened to decide to cross the border for a quick visit. Mexico has 31 different states and a federal district so this was no short performance. We only caught a bit of it before moving on and I didn’t take notes as to from which regions the dancers in these photos hailed, but I loved seeing the traditional costumes, and of course, the dancing.
Back when I was teaching in the Spanish-bilingual program we used to have so much fun with Cinco de Mayo. Mothers would come in to teach the Mexican Hat Dance to any student that wanted to give up their lunch recess to learn it starting a couple of weeks before the big day. Children from the general ed program were also invited to join in. My classroom was bursting with happy, excited children and I knew better than to plan on getting any grading or lesson planning accomplished in my room that month.
On the big day the kids would perform at an assembly. The history behind the day would be recounted by a child, and others would share songs and poems. Back in the classroom we would eat lunch, as the kids proudly showed off their mother’s culinary skills in a classroom pot luck.
My your Cinco de Mayo be likewise full of friends, something to celebrate, good food and the laughter of children!
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