What’s happening around the world? Check out this calendar to find out what featured cultural celebrations are taking place!
What it celebrates: “Boy Heroes” or “Heroic Cadets” This day is in celebration of the Battle of Chapultepec (battle in which U.S. soldiers took control of Chapultepec, a fortress that guarded Mexico City) which was fought during the Mexican-American War of 1847. This day is celebrated to remember the bravery of the Mexican soldiers who fought in the battle.
What YOU can do: Write to your country’s soldiers to thank them for their service! Find your country/area’s address to send letters to soldiers in your country. Even just a short letter of encouragement to these brave men and women can make their day brighter.
What it celebrates: “Cry of Dolores” is the start of the independence war of Mexico against Spain (was in 1810). This is the Mexican Independence Day.
How it is celebrated in Mexico: In Mexico City’s Zocalo (large city square), there is an abundance of red, white, and green lights. It is also adorned with Mexican flags. There are a lot of celebrations, rodeos, bullfights, parades, and feasts.
What YOU can do: Invite some friends over for a fiesta! Check out some recipe ideas here to prepare beforehand. Play some music and have fun! For a fun project create a maraca. Learn how to by clicking here.
Can you sing the national anthem?
What it celebrates: “End of Independence War”. An 11 year war, the Mexican Independence War was started by Mexican leaders such as Father Hidalgo, a Mexican priest. This day celebrates the end of the war on 1821.
What YOU can do: Try to learn more about Mexico with some fun techniques! Learn some Spanish songs, practice talking to a friend in Spanish, read a short book in Spanish, or watch a movie in Spanish. It may be difficult, but we promise, with practice, understanding Spanish will get a lot easier!
What it celebrates: “Morelos’ Birthday”. Happy birthday! Father José Maria Morelos y Pavón was one of the founding father of Mexico. This day celebrates his birth in 1765.
What YOU can do: Throw an “unbirthday” (unless of course, it is your real birthday). Here’s the catch: try to speak as much Spanish as possible. Can you accept the challenge? Here are a few Spanish phrases to help get you started:
- Todo lo mejor para el año que viene– All the best for the coming year
- Que se te cumplan todos tus deseos- May all your wishes come true
- Que tengas un hermoso día- Have a wonderful day
- Me gusta jugar con mis amigos en mi cumpleaños– I like to play with my friends on my birthday
- Cumpleaños feliz– Happy birthday
- Pastel– Cake
- Regalo– gift