The 5th of May marks the victory of the Mexicans over the French
army in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. While Cinco De Mayo is primarily
celebrated in the Mexican state of Puebla, this holiday has caught on
in the United States, especially in areas with significant Mexican
population. Join in the fun by celebrating Mexican food, music, and
culture in general.
About Cinco De Mayo
Cinco De Mayo is NOT Mexico's Independence Day (September 16th). The 5th of May is third in importance in Mexico after September 16th and November 20th (Revolution Day). The city of Puebla, about 100 miles east of Mexico City, was occupied in the 19th century first by Spain, the United States, and finally France. On May 5th, 1862, General Ignacio Zaragoza, with about 2000 local soldiers and citizens, defeated 6000 French soldiers. Unfortunately, the following year France did take over Puebla and occupied it until 1867. While the victory at Puebla on May 5th was a one time event without lasting results, it represents the Mexican independent spirit and is celebrated as such.
How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers
These fun flowers are inexpensive and easy to make while adding a wonderful splash of color to your festivities.
For each flower:
4 rectangles of tissue paper (cut as desired for small or large flowers)
1. Stack tissue paper rectangles on top of each other.
2. Fold stack of tissue "accordion style" using about 1 inch per fold (less for smaller flowers, more for larger flowers.) Accordion style means make a fold, flip over the stack and fold again, flip and fold, flip and fold, etc.
3. Use scissors to round each end of the folded tissue.
4. Pinch the middle of the tissue and tightly secure with a pipe cleaner.
5. Gently pull each layer of tissue paper towards the middle.
6. Adjust folds as needed to shape flower as desired.