Early Mothers Day Celebrated at TIA Cinco De Mayo Performances
On May 8th, 2012, the four TIA campuses celebrated Cinco de Mayo, the holiday which this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Mexican victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla. If Mexican heritage and pride weren’t enough cause for celebration, the moms in attendance were in for a pleasant surprise, as the students also took the opportunity to observe an early Mother’s Day.
From kindergartners performing the Spanish folk song “La Cucaracha” to high schoolers performing a play depicting the Battle of Puebla, every student in attendance had a part in the program.
Each Campus’ Celebration was Slightly Different
The Midvale and East campuses opted to host the event during school hours, while the Broadway and West campuses hosted the event after school. The Broadway campus included a jumping castle. But in keeping with Cinco de Mayo tradition, good Mexican food was a crucial component in all of the festivities. At the West campus, TIA’s lunch lady Miss Maria prepared the meal, and Delgado’s Catering donated rice and beans.
Mother’s Day is Celebrated May 10 in Mexico
To commemorate Mother’s Day (celebrated in Mexico on May 10), several students recited poems which they dedicated to their mothers. After their performance, they presented their mother with a rose. A mariachi band provided authentic cultural entertainment throughout the night, and serenaded moms with “Las Mananitas,” a traditional Mexican song often sung on birthdays and other important holidays.
Not only did the dual holiday celebration make for twice the fun, but it was a great opportunity to reinforce cultural appreciation—for Mexico, and for moms.