By Andrea Fajardo ’21
At Pritzker College Prep, the nationality here is mostly hispanics and mexicans with backgrounds of families coming from Mexico. So, one of the ways they are recognized is by the variety of celebrations they have. Including well known, Three Kings’ Day, Candlemas, Carnaval, Independence Day and Day of their Lady Guadalupe.
But the big question is if Cinco de Mayo is really to be celebrated because it was actually the day Puebla had fought the French Empire and won. Of course, many lives were lost due to the war and it was a severe situation to be in. The battle took place in May 5, 1892 and all mexicans from all parts of Mexico came together to show pride for how they defeated the French.
The Battle of Puebla continues to be ceremonial through military parades. Other ways they do so is by music, food, traditional dancing and battle reenactments. Although it is mostly done in Mexico, Chicago does it a bit more differently. As sophomore, Ivan Santillan said, “I worked that day but it was so pack and filled with music all around but also we had the restaurant decorated.” Showing how even restaurants were set and and ready to go for the rest of the day. But having another perspective of someone who went to Little Village, sophomore, Pricila Ortega said, “I saw a lot of cars with big flags hanging out their windows and having music so loud but also in stores.” Afterwards Ortega had gone to a cookout with the family at a forest preserve. Adding on how it does not always have to be a big thing.
But at the present times news comes out of not high quality comments of a celebration. Santillan adds on, “I saw in the news actually how people criticize about having big parties when innocent people died and I think that’s why there wasn’t a parade this time of the year but it could be because of weather changing that may have turned things around and it was on a Sunday.”
Nevertheless, sophomore Monserrat Munoz had a different plan for the day, “We usually gather with the family and all wear traditional Mexican clothes like dresses bordados or very bright clothes.” As Munoz believed Cinco de Mayo should be celebrated even though she is not from Puebla exactly she is very appreciative about the celebration.
As all students show different perspectives of why or why not Cinco de Mayo should be seen as fine thing but it is just three opinions from thousands of people who can agree or disagree. The impact is big towards the students as Munoz said, “ Mexican or Hispanic make up our school and we need to be recognized for all the important things we do.” As Ortega adds on, “We should be seen and recognized because of the struggle with the president right now.”