TRY GAMES, AUDIOBOOKS, AND PODCASTS TO PASS THE TIME Road Trips Don’t Have to Be Painful
country was too poor to pay its debts. France took this opportunity to invade Mexico in order to claim it as a territory. On May 5, 1862, the French were met by a group of Mexican soldiers outside of the small town of Puebla. Despite being outnumbered two to one, they managed to defeat the French. Though it didn’t stop the French from taking Mexico City in 1863, the victory gave the Mexican people a sense of pride, and it served as a symbol of defiance against French imperialism. TRANSITION INTO THE STATES After the United States helped push the French out of Mexico, the celebration of Puebla, or Cinco de Mayo, spread into the states. People of Mexican heritage in the United States saw INCLUDE THE WHOLE FAMILY Once the travel games no longer pique anyone’s interest, try an activity that can be fun for the whole family: a traditional road trip game. If you have a car full of storytellers, try “Fortunately, Unfortunately.” The rules are simple. The first person starts by saying, “fortunately,” and mentioning something good about the road trip or the destination. The next person (moving clockwise) then follows by saying something “unfortunate” about the previous person’s statement. Take turns with every passenger in the car. If someone stumbles, they get a strike; three strikes and you’re out. The last passenger standing wins. PLAY AN AUDIOBOOK OR PODCAST We get it. Sometimes passengers don’t want to play games. Occasionally, they’d rather relax
or take a nap. However, your listening material doesn’t have to be limited to Dad’s favorite music. Instead, consider listening to a family- friendly audiobook or podcast, which can make the longest and most boring parts of your trip an entertaining or educational experience. Almost any popular book is available in audio form, but it can be hard to find an enjoyable podcast. “Transistor” is a science-focused podcast that explores subjects kids and adults will find fascinating. Or if you’re looking for something fictional, try “Storynory,” in which the narrator tells fairy tales and legends from all over the globe.
Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ll soon pile the whole family into the car, ready to brave the road for a vacation. Everyone knows that riding in the car for hours can be torture. But with a little creativity, you can turn the worst part of a long trip into a fun event. PACK A TRAVEL GAME When the excitement of the family vacation starts to wear off, keep the peace and entertain your kids with a travel game. Many board game manufacturers offer travel-sized versions that are easy to pack and play in the car. Before your next road trip, consider purchasing digital Yahtzee, which packs all the fun of the classic game without the dice, or IQ Fit, a logic game with over 100 challenges. Both games cost around $10 and can provide hours of entertainment.
CINCO DE MAYO THE HISTORY BEHIND THE CELEBRATIONS
holiday is now chiefly celebrated throughout America as one of the major holidays in May.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations are less common and often confined to bars and restaurants. But Cinco de Mayo is much more than an excuse to have a few drinks; it’s a holiday steeped in culture, tradition, and national pride. When we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we celebrate the spirit and heritage of Mexico. THE MYTH BEHIND THE HOLIDAY Many people believe that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in honor of Mexican Independence Day, but that isn’t the case. Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16, 1810, 50 years before
CELEBRATIONS Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted and celebrated throughout the United States as an appreciation of Mexican culture and heritage. Huge celebrations take place all throughout America and include parades, dancing, food, and alcohol. Today, Puebla is the only city in Mexico to celebrate the holiday. People in Mexico believe that celebrating Mexican Independence Day is a better way to express their patriotism than on May 5. Learning about the past and why certain holidays are celebrated encourages and inspires people to celebrate. This year, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with newfound knowledge and understanding.
the event that led to the celebration of Cinco de Mayo: the Battle of Puebla.
the victory as a source of pride and strength. During the Civil War, they used it as inspiration to fight. The
In 1861, Benito Juárez, the president of Mexico at the time, declared that the
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