781. Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that commemorates a Mexican battle in which the country defeated a French army nearly twice its size. Describe an example from your life when you knew someone who prevailed despite difficult odds. Why do you think most people love an underdog story?
782. While CDM is popular in the United States, it isn't heavily celebrated in Mexico. What might have held the holiday back from becoming popular in Mexico? Why do you think the holiday took off in the U.S.?
783. CDM has become a major holiday for the celebration of Mexican heritage in the U.S. What are your favorite aspects of Mexican culture and why?
784. The holiday became more popular when major companies learned how they could make money from it. Imagine that you and your friends have found a way to earn some cash from promoting an obscure holiday. What would the holiday be and how would you earn your fortune?
785. Mexican food, a major part any CDM celebration, has become much more popular in the United States over the last few decades. What is your favorite type of ethnic food and why do you enjoy it so much?
786. Denver's CDM celebration is full of Mexican music and dancing including mariachi songs, Tejano-style pop, and sultry salsa dancers. Do you think dancing is a big part of the American culture? Why or why not?
787. In Nevada, part of the Cinco de Mayo celebration includes art, entertainment and Mexican-style wrestling called lucha libre. Imagine that you filled for a masked Mexican wrestler as part of the festival. Describe the experience from beginning to end.
788. While many people assume that CDM is the same as Mexican Independence Day, that holiday actually occurs in September. Why do you think the May holiday has become a bigger deal in the U.S. even though it only celebrates a single military victory?
789. In Chandler, Arizona, the Chihuahua is a CDM festival in which the tiny hairless pups engage in adorable races. What might it look like to see Chihuahuas racing down the street? Would you enjoy such an event? Why or why not?790. While Hispanic culture has become more accepted in the United States, there is still rampant discrimination against Latin Americans. How do you think Cinco de Mayo could be used to reduce that discrimination? What might have to happen for such racism to be thrown out the window and why?