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Did You Know: Cinco de Mayo Is Not a Mexican Nat’l Holiday

Did You Know that Cinco de Mayo is a bigger deal in US drinking establishments than it is in most of Mexico?

Batalla de Puebla. Charge of the Mexican Cavalry at the Battle of Puebla. Depictions of the battle showing Mexican cavalry overwhelming the French troops below the fort at Loreto. Source: Wikipedia

The Batalla de Puebla took place The Battle of Puebla took place on May 5, 1862 near the city of Puebla during the French intervention in Mexico. Painting depicts the charge of the Mexican cavalry overwhelming the French troops below the fort at Loreto. Source: Wikipedia

May 5th — Cinco de Mayo  — is not Mexican Independence Day (that’s actually Sept 16). Cinco de Mayo is an official holiday in the state of Puebla and is a full holiday in the neighboring state of Veracruz where la gente celebrate El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla when the Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo gained popularity in the 1980s when marketers, especially beer companies, began to promote it as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage (while selling a few cans of cerveza and a few bottles of beer, too).

Although Cinco de Mayo is not a national holiday in Mexico, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution in 2005 asking the president to call for an American holiday to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Here’s the week at a glance
at the Nyack Library.


  • Build with Legos, Registration required, 4p
  • Monopoly Monday’s w/Ms. Laurie 5:30p


  • Fiction Writers Workshop, Registration required, 11a
  • Cuentos, Canciones y Artesania, 1p
  • Nyack Toastmasters, 6:45p


  • Mother Goose Time, 10:30a
  • Teen Yoga Mindfulness, Registration required, 4:30p


  • Yoga Monkeys, Registration required, 1:30p
  • Game Night!, 5:30p


  • Toddler Time, 11a
  • Teen Choice Movie, 3:30p


Super Hero Movie Saturday w/Mr. Jamel, 2p


Art Workshop w/Cynthia Shaw, Registration required, 1p

Art Workshop with Cynthia Shaw, Sun at at 1p

Celebrate Mother’s Day by coming to create a mixed media collage in honor of yourself as a mother, your own mother, mother earth or any other mother you wish to dedicate this activity to.  We will be exploring the full meaning of mothering (nurturing, protecting, providing for) and will create mixed media collages using a variety of materials.

There is a $5 materials fee that is payable at the door.

Registration is required.  Register here or by calling (845) 358-3370 ext. 214.

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