Manchester High School Spanish Club paints windows in town to commemorate Cinco de Mayo by Annabelle Otto

Cinco de Mayo 1Cinco de Mayo is about the victory of Mexico in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla, during the French-Mexican War (1861-1867). It was a decisive battle because Mexico did not have as many men or weapons as the French. Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated in the village of Puebla where the people recreate the battle and have parades.

The holiday is considered a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage in the USA. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances, and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States. But in Manchester, we painted windows to celebrate.

Windows of local businesses display bright colors and Aztec designs. This is a fun way to show our thanks and welcome to the migrant families that will be arriving shortly. Every year the Manchester High School Spanish Club makes Welcome Back! baskets for the migrant families who arrive each spring. Window designs were created by Spanish Club students in exchange for a monetary donation which will be used by the Club to make the Welcome Back! baskets as helpful and friendly as possible. These families bring a lot to our community and welcoming them back to our village is an important annual event for the Spanish Club.

Manchester is such a big supporter of the arts already, and it’s been delightful expressing ourselves with these bright colors. The Spanish Club would like to thank the businesses in town who have donated. Your contribution and kindness brings us closer to our goal.

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