Celebrate Cinco de Mayo continues National Geographic's spectacular Holidays Around the World series with this joyous feast of Mexican culturean annual event in Mexico and an increasingly popular holiday in America as well. Many mistakenly assume that the fifth of May is Mexico's Independence Day. In fact, the date marks the anniversary of a famous 1862 battle in which the Mexicans defeated the French.
With succinct text and dazzling photography, Celebrate Cinco de Mayo takes readers on a journey to discover the rich variety of celebrations across our country. This inviting book gives readers a flavor of the wide range of colorful holiday traditions: parades and pageants; races and rodeos; mariachi music and dancing; parties with delicious Mexican foods. Children will learn how the largest Cinco de Mayo event in the world, the Fiesta Broadway, actually takes place in the United States, and attracts more than 600,000 revelers each year.
Deborah Heiligman is the award-winning author of 19 children's books. She specializes in simplifying complex subjects for young people, particularly in the areas of science and social studies. She has also written other books for National Geographic including High Hopes and Babies. Learn more about her at www.deborahheiligman.com.