Recognizing Cinco de Mayo

In Community by Sarah Hink

Cinco de Mayo has just passed. Contrary to a widely held belief, Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexican independence day (that is actually in September). Instead, it commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely 1862 victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla during the French-Mexican War. This victory in the face of overwhelming odds marked a point of pride and resistance for Mexicans in that war, which ended six years later.

So why is this day of national significance in the United States? Because it has been adopted as a day to celebrate Mexican-American culture and heritage. At New Direction Family Law, we embrace Cinco de Mayo because Mexican culture is something to be respected and celebrated; as such, we would recommend treating Cinco de Mayo as much more than an occasion to drink excessively or to party.

North Carolina Facts

North Carolina has the eleventh largest Hispanic population in the country, which is quickly approaching a million people. Significantly, between the years 1990 and 2010, the population jumped from 75,000 to 800,000. This rapid growth has been linked to changes in the economy that provided increased opportunities to work in the Military, service, farming, livestock, construction, and landscaping industries. The majority of North Carolina’s Hispanic residents identify themselves to be of Mexican origin.

Educate Yourself

There are numerous local and state resources that you can access to learn more about Mexican-American culture and heritage. Try your local library for books and videos. In addition, the following resources can help give you some insight into Mexican culture and the perspectives of Mexican-Americans who have come to North Carolina to work and contribute to our community.

  • Latino Growth in Durham, which explores the personal journey of a Mexican immigrant and local entrepreneur , as well as various aspects of the Hispanic experience in North Carolina.
  • University of North Carolina Library’s collection of suggested reading regarding Hispanic culture and experiences in North Carolina, including the perspectives of Mexican migrants.
  • Learn with your children. Duke University’s “Consortium in Latin America and Caribbean Studies” has compiled a collection of children’s books (Grades K-5), that explore Mexican history, culture, and traditions.

Let New Direction Family Law Assist You

If you need legal advice or representation regarding a separation, divorce, or child custody related matter, contact New Direction Family Law. Our attorneys are intelligent, passionate professionals who will give you the consideration and care you deserve. These are important issues that are rooted in complex laws. Let us help you. Our team proudly serves Wake, Johnston, Durham and surrounding counties. Contact New Direction Family Law today at (919) 719-3470 to schedule an appointment, or visit us at our website.

Sarah J. Hink
New Direction Family Law

New Direction Family Law
(919) 719-3470