Cinco de Mayo 2022

Today marks the 160th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo. While it’s a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, the annual fiesta is an excuse in the United States to indulge in margaritas, cervezas (beer), guacamole and tacos.

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Many people tend to confuse Cinco de Mayo with “Día de la Independencia,” or Mexico’s independence day. That holiday, also known as “El Grito de la Independencia,” is actually observed on Sept. 16, when Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration but a day of remembrance, commemorating Mexico’s victory over the French during the 1862 Battle of Puebla. An outnumbered Mexican army — led by Ignacio Zaragoza, a 33-year-old Texan from Goliad — defeated the invading French forces at the small town of Puebla de Los Angeles during the Franco-Mexico War.

The retreat of the French troops represented a great victory for the people of Mexico, symbolizing the country’s ability to defend its sovereignty against a powerful foreign nation.

Source: What Is Cinco de Mayo and Why Is It Celebrated? – NBC New York

What is the history of Mother’s Day?

Even though mothers have existed since the beginning of humanity, celebrating Mother’s Day as a formal holiday is a fairly recent invention. It begins, like so many Mom stories, with a powerful bond between a mother and daughter.

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Ann Reeves Jarvis, known as Mother Jarvis, was a mother and Sunday school teacher in rural West Virginia—until the Civil War broke out in 1861. She became an activist for human rights and mothers, no matter which side of the blue-gray divide they were on. To begin, she organized “mothers’ day work clubs.” These clubs taught mothers basic health, hygiene, and child-rearing skills to fight the unsanitary living conditions that caused so much death and disease in young children.

She went on to organize “women’s brigades” to help wounded soldiers and a Mothers’ Friendship Day to improve relations between former Union and Confederate families. After all, if anyone can calm down a heated argument, it’s a mother.

Mother Jarvis’s daughter, Anna M. Jarvis, was her devoted disciple and served beside her mother. As Mother Jarvis’s health declined, Anna became her caretaker, devoting years to her beloved mom. On May 8, 1905, Mother Jarvis died of heart complications.

Anna, by then a young mother herself, was devastated by the loss. In 1906, she invited friends and family to a special church service to honor her mother on the one-year anniversary of her death. She handed out carnations, Mother Jarvis’s favorite flower, to all the mothers in attendance.

It was such a moving tribute, she and her loved ones decided to keep the tradition going each May. They broadened the celebration to include mothers in general.

Jarvis went on a campaign to spread her favorite holiday, writing letters, petitioning politicians, and talking about her mother to anyone who would listen. In 1915, her efforts paid off. President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day an annual national observance in the United States, to be held on the second Sunday of May.

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Why is it called Mother’s Day?

More perplexing than the question “When is Mother’s Day?” is the question of why the holiday’s name is singular, not plural—Mother’s Day, not Mothers’ Day. Anna Jarvis was adamant that it be dedicated to just one mother. Its purpose, she said, is “to honor the best mother who ever lived: yours.”

Another way to honor your mom: Create a photo album of mother-child moments and decorate it with mother-daughter quotes, mother-son quotes, tender words, and inside jokes.

Article by Charlotte Hilton Andersen for Reader’s Digest©

Source: When Is Mother’s Day 2022? Plus, Why Do We Celebrate Mother’s Day? (rd.com)

Super Quick Easter Activities and Ideas for kids

For teachers, tutors, in-home schoolers, moms, dads, etc.

Easter is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world. Besides the traditional Easter egg hunt, there are a variety of ways teachers can celebrate with their students, they can sing a song, create a poem, make a craft, provide a worksheet activity, play a game, or even have an Easter party. All of these Easter activities for primary school are a great way to get your students involved in the holiday. Use these ideas in your classroom when you’re short on time, or in need of a little inspiration.

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Quick Easter Resources

When creating your Easter-themed unit it’s important to provide a variety of lessons. The best way to start an Easter-theme is to get prior knowledge of what the students know about Easter. Use a graphic organizer, such as a KWL chart to get this information. Once you gather this, you can begin crafting and creating your Easter unit.

Easter Poems and Songs

Poetry and Music is a wonderful way to explore feelings and emotions, and it provides students with a way to be creative and express themselves while celebrating the holiday. Provide students with a variety of poems and songs about Easter, then have them try to create some on their own.

Easter Ready-to-Print Activities

Activities don’t always have to be well-thought-out or planned in advance for students to learn important concepts. Here is an inexpensive way to provide some Easter fun for your class. Just simply print out any of these activities right from your computer.

Easter Crafts

Providing an Easter craft is a great way to get your students to express their creative side. Give students a variety of supplies to choose from when creating their craft. This will help promote self-expression and allow them to really use their creative thinking skills. With a little imagination and creativity, these Easter craft ideas can make a wonderful gift or a delightful holiday keepsake.

Easter Games

Easter games are a great way to get your students in the holiday spirit. They get the students up and moving while reinforcing the Easter concept. A fun idea to try is to give your students a variety of Easter-themed items and have them make up their own game. You’ll be surprised by how clever they are.

Easter Puzzles

To help make learning about Easter fun, provide a few enjoyable puzzles. Puzzles are a great way to challenge the mind while reinforcing the Easter-theme. Challenge your students to create an Easter puzzle of their own. Provide a variety of examples so they can get ideas, then allow them to try to create one themselves.

Easter Recipes

These recipes are perfect to use for an Easter party or just for an everyday snack throughout the Easter season.

More Easter Fun

Throwing an Easter party in your classroom? Need help choosing the perfect Easter book to read to your students? These resources will give you great ideas to plan and execute the perfect Easter party.

This article was written by Janelle Cox M.S. B.S.

Source: Super Quick Easter Activities and Ideas (thoughtco.com)

Resources here: Free Easter Worksheets Over Reading, Math, and More (thoughtco.com)

Happy Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday, March 1)

Why is it called Fat Tuesday?

The name “Fat Tuesday” refers to the practice of consuming all of the food forbidden while fasting during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Why do we celebrate Fat Tuesday? It’s called Fat Tuesday because it’s the last day that many people eat meat and fatty foods before Lent begins.

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Perhaps your familiar with its’ French derivation, Mardi Gras.

While not observed nationally throughout the United States, a number of traditionally ethnic French cities and regions in the country have notable celebrations. Mardi Gras arrived in North America as a French Catholic tradition with the Le Moyne brothers, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, in the late 17th century.

The festival season varies from city to city, as some traditions, such as the one in New Orleans, Louisiana, consider Mardi Gras to stretch the entire period from Twelfth Night (the last night of Christmas which begins Epiphany) to Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period before Ash Wednesday as the Mardi Gras.

Sources: bing.com and en.wikipedia.org

On Fat Tuesday it’s eat drink and be merry for the next day we fast! (If Catholic).

Happy Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday, March 1)

Why is it called Fat Tuesday?

The name “Fat Tuesday” refers to the practice of consuming all of the food forbidden while fasting during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Why do we celebrate Fat Tuesday? It’s called Fat Tuesday because it’s the last day that many people eat meat and fatty foods before Lent begins.

stayhappening.com

Perhaps your familiar with its’ French derivation, Mardi Gras.

While not observed nationally throughout the United States, a number of traditionally ethnic French cities and regions in the country have notable celebrations. Mardi Gras arrived in North America as a French Catholic tradition with the Le Moyne brothers, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, in the late 17th century.

The festival season varies from city to city, as some traditions, such as the one in New Orleans, Louisiana, consider Mardi Gras to stretch the entire period from Twelfth Night (the last night of Christmas which begins Epiphany) to Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period before Ash Wednesday as the Mardi Gras.

Sources: bing.com and en.wikipedia.org

On Fat Tuesday it’s eat drink and be merry for the next day we fast! (If Catholic).