Exploring Mexican Culture with Cinco de Mayo Coloring Pages
On the 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo celebrations take place throughout the United States, and are attended both by people of Mexican heritage and people who are not. These celebrations are often beautiful, exciting, and contain vivid cultural elements like food, music, dancing and traditional clothing. Unfortunately, many people in the United States don’t understand the historical and cultural significance of the holiday.
Many people falsely believe that Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican independence day. In fact,
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. While the battle was not considered significant from a military perspective, winning against huge odds was important for the sake of nationalistic pride. Within Mexico this is largely a regional holiday and is celebrated most effusively in the town of Puebla.
Cinco de Mayo in the United States
For Americans of Mexican heritage living in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become a day to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. It has long been celebrated by Chicanos in California as well as others throughout the U.S., and festivities include food, music, dancing, and other unique cultural practices.
As these celebrations are widely enjoyed even by Americans who do not share a Mexican heritage, sharing the cultural and historical significance of Cinco de Mayo with children will have a positive impact on the melting pot that is American culture. But where to start?
To help you share the significance of this holiday with your children, we would like to offer these recommendations for Cinco de Mayo coloring pages.
Mexican Flag. As Cinco de Mayo celebrations within the United States uniquely honor Mexican culture and heritage, learning about and coloring in the Mexican flag is a good place to start. Once the flag has been accurately colored, it can also be used as a decoration in your own Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Dancing Girls. Images of girls dancing in traditional Mexican garb are a popular motif for Cinco de Mayo coloring pages. And why not? Traditional clothing is beautiful, and these pictures represent a vivid aspect of Mexican culture. In fact, dancing is considered a fundamental cultural art form, and learning about a cultural dance will teach you about the culture itself.
Dancing woman and musician. Why should the children have all the fun? Traditional dances are important for older dancers as well. And of course, music, while it is an art form in its own right, often is used to accompany these accomplished dancers.
Papel picado. Papel picado is a Mexican folk art and consists of cutting elaborate designs into paper. Papel picado is frequently used as decorations. For those not able to create these beautiful banners themselves, it may be fun to color one in on Cinco de Mayo coloring pages. While you and your child color, you can take the opportunity to talk to your child about the diversity and beauty of art forms in cultures all over the world.
Piñatas. While piñatas are not exclusively associated with Cinco de Mayo, they are often a favorite part of any celebration, particularly for children. They are colorful, filled with candy, and are a nice addition to Cinco de Mayo coloring pages.
Decorations. Everyone will recognize the banners, maracas, and sombrero in this picture. While there is so much more to Mexican culture than is seen in this picture, each of these elements represent something that is unique and worth celebrating.
Learning about Mexican culture and heritage through Cinco de Mayo coloring pages is a good start, but why stop there? Take this opportunity to teach your children about the unique and beautiful aspects of culture. Do some research and find a culture event in your area, go to a culture museum, or look up some videos of traditional Mexican music and dancing.