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2:11 Cinco de Mayo is Not Mexican Independence Day

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It seems like we need to shout it from the rooftops because most Americans are pretty convinced that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, and that is just not true. In this episode we dive into the true history of Cinco de Mayo, what it looks like to celebrate respectfully, and things you shou
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It seems like we need to shout it from the rooftops because most Americans are pretty convinced that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, and that is just not true. In this episode we dive into the true history of Cinco de Mayo, what it looks like to celebrate respectfully, and things you should avoid during the celebration.    Cinco de Mayo is the commemoration of Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. It was an amazing feat for the 2,000 Mexican soldiers to stave off the large army of 6,000 French soldiers.    NPR: The Real History of Cinco de Mayo History: Cinco de Mayo   Cinco de Mayo is actually celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico! If you want to celebrate that’s alright, just be sure to do so respectfully! Growing up Bilingual has some amazing ideas about what a respectful celebration would look like including: authentic food, crafts, and music.    Growing Up Bilingual: Teaching Kids the Real Meaning of Cinco de Mayo in a Fun Way  Growing Up Bilingual: The Best Cinco de Mayo crafts to teach kids about Mexican Culture and Traditions   If you’re planning a celebration please avoid appropriating Mexican culture and perpetuating stereotypes by doing things like wearing a sombrero or fake mustache, using a fake accent, or making up fake Spanish words like ‘cinco de drinko’ or ‘el bruncho.’ It is not at all funny and it’s extremely derogatory.    There is a special treat at the end of the episode! My friend Catrina Gandara from the Create Joy podcast stopped by to tell us what the real Mexican Independence Day Celebration looks like on September 16th!  firstnamebasis.org Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood
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so that you can check out all of her amazing ideas. But now I want to share with you some of the things you should avoid on Cinco de Mayo to make sure that you are not being disrespectful and that you are not culturally appropriating first. Please please please stay away from anything that is associated with stereotypes. Every year on cinco demayo people are breaking out their sombreros and they're fake moustache is and that is really, really disrespectful. There is a publication called the Guadalajara Reporter and they wrote some might argue that the classic image of someone wearing a sombrero while taking a nap has all too often been used to characterize mexicans as lazy, a stigmatization that anyone who has lived in this country for a length of time will know is far from the truth today. Only mariachis in urban areas where sombreros in public. So unless you are a mariachi in an urban area in Mexico, please resist the urge to put on a sombrero. It's just a telltale sign that you really don't know much about the culture and you're not interested in respecting it for what it really is. And please also leave out your fake moustache is and your ponchos because all of that is a costume that perpetuates stereotypes and culture is not a costume. It's not okay on Cinco de Mayo, but it's not okay at any point in the year, don't dress up like another person's culture. Another thing that you should avoid on Cinco de Mayo is making up language or speaking in a fake accent. All of these things are just mocking their culture. I've seen so many people post things like cinco de drink O or L. Brancheau Okay adding O to the end of the word is not spanish and it's just not even funny, celebrate respectfully or don't celebrate at all. The last thing that I would caution you against on Cinco de Mayo is celebrating without any ties to the history. As I mentioned, the true history of Cinco de Mayo is so misunderstood. So if we're celebrating without connecting to the real history, then we're just perpetuating that misunderstanding and adding to it help your little kiddos understand why is Cinco de Mayo is so important to the people in the city of puebla. And how can we celebrate in a way that really honors them and the battle that they thought. If you notice somebody that you know or that you love celebrating Cinco de Mayo in a disrespectful way, please tell them, reach out to them and tell them what they could be doing differently to celebrate because it's our responsibility to hold one another account.
they're going to come across it. One of my favorite ways to celebrate anything is with food as I'm sure yours is too. When you're thinking about food for cinco de Mayo, just make sure that it is authentic. So if you're looking online at somebody's vlog or something, make sure that the person who's writing the recipe is actually mexican that way we can be sure that we are appreciating and not appropriating their culture. Cultural appropriation is when you take someone else's culture for your gain without giving them credit or compensating them. So another way to make sure you're appreciating and not appropriating when it comes to food is if you have to buy any new ingredients, be sure to get it from a place that is benefiting mexican people. So you might go to a market that you know is owned by a mexican family. Or maybe you go to the section in the grocery store that has like the hispanic food and when you're choosing which food to buy, make sure you look at the back of the label of whatever it is that you're purchasing and see that it's a small business that's run by a mexican family That way, we are all supporting the mexican community as we are enjoying their authentic recipes. Another thing that my friend Katrina told me that made me totally crack up is that in Mexico they don't put cheese or sour cream on their tacos and they don't put rice in their burritos. She said cheese and sour cream do not belong on tacos. So that made me laugh. So if you're planning on doing some tacos and burritos go ahead and leave out the cheese in this hour, cream and the rice and those burritos. If you're not planning to make the food yourself, just make sure that you're purchasing from a source that is supporting mexican people. I was on instagram just today and I saw somebody that I follow decided that they wanted to make Tamales for Cinco de Mayo but this person is not mexican. So that's actually pretty inappropriate for her to be benefiting financially from holiday that is not in her culture is considered cultural appropriation. So stay away from things like that. If you want to buy tamales, that's great. But just make sure that you find someone who is mexican who can make them for you and compensate them for sharing their talent and their culture with you. Another fun and respectful way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is through crafts. So on that same blog growing up bilingual, she has an entire post called the best Cinco de Mayo craft to teach your kids about mexican culture and traditions. So I'll put that in the show notes as well. There are so many fun crafts on her blog like yarn paintings and pinch pots. These mexican inspired and painted pinch pots. I think that's the one that we're going to do because my daughter's too and I feel like she would totally be into that. But they also have this Aztec sun dial that I'm dying to make maybe when she's older because it looks a little more complicated. But so many really cool crafts that you can also teach your Children the history behind Why are these craft so important to mexican culture? Where did they come from? When did they start? All of those things are important to talk about so that we can make sure that we are appreciating and not appropriating. The last idea that I have for you about how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo respectfully is music. I love to just hop on Spotify and find a playlist because I feel like music sets the tone in our home when I turned on something fun and upbeat, my daughter knows that we are in for a celebration and she loves to get in the spirit and learn alongside me when I get that music going.
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