The fifth of May -- Cinco de Mayo in Spanish -- is a national holiday in Mexico, although it is generally celebrated in Mexican-American communities in the U.S. on a much larger scale. It commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The victory was an important step for Mexico in her fight for independence. Today in Mexico, and in Mexican-American communities, May 5 brings celebrations, fiestas, and parades.
Make Your Own Mini Maracas
1. Paint the Popsicle sticks black.
2. Decorate the sticks and the containers using colored vinyl tape. (For example, use red, green, and white stripes to represent the Mexican flag.)
3. Cut a slit in the canister tops to hold the craft sticks securely.
4. Fill the containers half full with rice, beans, or beads.
5. Replace the tops. Push in the crafts sticks.