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Cinco De Mayo!

Hey, y’all, and welcome to the May Teen Scene column in ENID MONTHLY. As most of us should know, May has a very important holiday for many Hispanics and other cultures. CINCO DE MAYO!! This got me thinking about some really amazing traditions I have got to experience and learn about from my Hispanic friends and wondering about where Cinco De Mayo came from. So let’s first talk about the history and some cool Hispanic traditions that lots of teens experience. 

According to history.com, Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Friday, May 5 in 2023, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. This victory impacted the citizens of Mexico greatly. Many say that it helped and encouraged Mexican immigrants’ pride in their Mexican heritage.

I don’t celebrate Cinco De Mayo, personally, but one cool Hispanic tradition I do celebrate with my friends is QUINCES!!! A quinceanera is celebrated when a (Hispanic, Latina, Spanish, Mexican, etc.) girl turns 15. Some have huge parties called a quinceanera (or quince for short) to celebrate it. I’ve gone to at least 8 quinces and have been invited to 3 and they are really fun. You dance, eat bomb food, and talk with your friends. My favorite memory from Quinces is dancing cultural dances with my friends. Sounds like a pretty fun time to me!! The Hispanic cultures are amazing once you really experience them.

Another fun thing I’ve experienced is Mexican cookouts or Carne Asadas. I and my friends would ride four-wheelers around the ranch, play volleyball and soccer, eat the best meat and rice, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. My favorite memory from a Carne Asada is when we kids would beat all the adults in volleyball. 

Thank you for reading this month’s article. I hope you enjoyed it!! I would love to hear about your experience with any kind of cultural tradition so email me at tweensceneenid@gmail.com also if you have any questions, comments, or ideas for upcoming articles email me for that too. I hope you all have an amazing May, Mother’s Day, and Cinco De Mayo! See you next month!!

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Sophia Faulk
Sophia Faulk
Sophia is a 9th Grader at Enid High School. She is a member of the Cross Country, Soccer and Track teams, and the 9th grade debate team. She likes hanging out with friends and making bracelets.

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