Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May, marks the anniversary of a battle between Mexico and France.

After Mexico was declared victorious, the day was made into a national holiday. Dozens of traditions circulate through some larger cities, often including decorations, food, folk music, and festive outfits. Unfortunately, smaller communities like Providence Academy have very few traditions to celebrate this great holiday.

Some students do celebrate on the Fifth of May, although it may be unintentional such as Zachary Binger ‘18.

I personally like Cinco de Mayo because it’s my dad’s birthday,” he said. “Though this is not a very customary tradition, it still does a great deal to put one in a very celebratory mood.”

Kylie Walgrave ‘18, said that, though she doesn’t have any annual recognition of the Fifth of May, she knows that, “the importance of Cinco de Mayo is that it’s a day to remember and honor loved ones that have passed away.”

Despite personal traditions, lots of PA students agree that PA itself should begin celebrating with some fun, new traditions.

“I think PA should celebrate Cinco de Mayo because then more people could share in the Spanish culture,” Walgrave said. “We could have some themed hallways and a Cinco de Mayo party.”

Another student, Ashley Servais ‘17, added her input on the idea that PA should have traditions to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

She stated, “I think Providence should accommodate Cinco de Mayan celebrations including Mexican food at lunch.”

PA does have one tradition on the Fifth of May. The Spanish classes often celebrate with a pinata and several different types of food, such as chips and salsa, Jarritos soda, and tortillas.

Cinco de Mayo remains an important holiday, especially for smaller communities like PA.

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