Cinco de Mayo and other fun, cultural events!

Cinco de Mayo is coming up here pretty soon.  And while many of you may have referred to May 5th as Cinco de Drinko, I am here to tell you more about why this date is so important and why it is celebrated.

Now for the interesting facts that might make you go “ah”, “oh”, and “interesting.”  Most people who don’t know much about the history of Mexico are quick to think that May 5th is celebrated in honor of Mexico winning their independence.  Wrong.  Mexico celebrates Independence Day on September 16th.  So then, what’s so important about Cinco de Mayo?  Well, this day is observed to honor the Mexican army’s victory over the French army.  This battle took place in the state of Puebla.  This day is also known as El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla, or The Day of Battle of Puebla.  Pretty interesting right?  Thus, Mexico, as well as the United States, celebrates this day of Mexican heritage and pride.  That’s a little history for you!

And while we’re on the topic of celebrating Cinco de Mayo, also popularly known as Cinco de Drinko, I want to let you all know about a couple of events occurring on campus that also promote cultural awareness.  Up first is International Night, taking place on Friday, May 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Pacific Room in WUC.  According to the WOU website, this event includes “…fabulous performances by students and community members, a global fashion show, and a dinner with delicious dishes from around the globe.”  You can experience all of this for only $6! Not bad at all if you ask me.  So if you’re not doing anything this upcoming Friday, make some time to support our students and community members by attending this cultural event.  I’m sure it will be lots of fun!

This was at last year's Nuestra Fiesta Latina event.
This was at last year’s Nuestra Fiesta Latina event.

Then, there is Nuestra Fiesta Latina.  The Multicultural Student Union (MSU) is hosting this event on May 17th in WUC, where there will be “activities for all ages, entertainment such as mariachi music, salsa and merengue dancing, traditional food, and a ‘baile’ to end the day.”  With this event, MSU strives to bring together people from the local community, as well as students, staff, and faculty from our campus in order to celebrate and experience the Latino culture.  Being Latina, I must say that this event would be an excellent way to expand your culture knowledge, all while having fun, listening to good music, dancing, and even having the opportunity to taste the amazing food that our culture has to offer.  And while I am not quite sure about the event details (the time or the price), it is highly likely that there will be flyers all around campus, so be watching out for that.

I’m hopeful that you’ll be able to make it to any of the mentioned events.  I am sure that they will be lots of fun!  Happy Cinco de Mayo, where I’m sure you’ll get your drinko on!

By Antonia Rojas 

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