Skyline College Library invites you to visit its second-floor exhibit in building 5, featuring a small, but fascinating collection of books and materials on Cinco de Mayo. This holiday, celebrated on May 5th, marks the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. On this day, against all odds, the Mexican Army, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza and over 5,000 indigenous Zapotecs and Mestizos, was able to defeat the invading French troops, at a time when the Mexican indigenous forces were considered “inferior” compared to the experienced French military (Bernal, 2000). 

The exhibit explores the history and significance of Cinco de Mayo both inside and outside of Mexico and presents a diverse collection of books that include historical accounts, poetry, Hispanic-American literature, children’s stories, and artwork from indigenous tribes. The materials showcase the vibrant and diverse Mexican culture and its influence on American society. By exploring the literature and art surrounding the holiday, visitors can learn more about the rich history of the Mexican people and their traditions. 

Cinco de Mayo is not only celebrated in Mexico but also in many parts of the United States. This holiday has become an important cultural celebration for Mexican-Americans, and it serves as an opportunity to celebrate their heritage and traditions. The exhibit also highlights the Chicano movement of the 1960s, which raised awareness of the holiday as a celebration of indigenous Mexicans’ victory over European invaders. 

The Library’s exhibit, on display through May 12, is a fantastic way to learn about the history and cultural significance of Cinco de Mayo, immerse yourself in Mexican-American literature and art, and explore the richness of Mexican culture.  We hope to see you soon (Building 5, 2nd floor). 

Reference: Bernal, J. (2000, May 5). La Batalla de Puebla. Semana, 6(375), 22.

Article by Saul Milan

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