The beginning of May brings the Mexican holiday most of us in the United States recognize: Cinco de Mayo! While it has become known as a day to get great specials at our favorite Mexican restaurants and hear some mariachi music, do you know WHY Cinco de Mayo is celebrated? Let’s find that out first and then get on to our fun free printable Cinco de Mayo Word Search Puzzle.
What is Cinco de Mayo?
Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday full of pride and history, commemorates the triumph of the Mexican Army over the French on May 5, 1862, when the troops of General Ignacio Zaragoza led an atack in the small village of Puebla, hoping to slow down the French army’s advancement toward the capital of Mexico City.
Their triumph was considered astonishing because the Mexicans were greatly outnumbered by the France’s army, which had not lost a battle in over fifty years. The date of the Battle of Puebla was declared a national holiday by President Juarez in September of that same year.
Free Printable Cinco de Mayo Word Search Puzzle
To supplement learning more about Cinco de Mayo with your kids or classroom (or just to have some fun) we have created this Free Printable Cinco de Mayo Word Search Puzzle. It contains 27 words relating to the history of Cinco de Mayo and how it is celebrated today. Be sure to keep reading for more Mexican-themed fun to add to the holiday!
More Cinco de Mayo Fun – Crafts and Recipes
If you’re looking for some more fun ways to celebrate the holiday, we have some Mexican-themed foods and crafts you can make with your kids to create your own celebration!
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