Monday, May 3, 2004

Williamson County churches host Cinco de Mayo festival

"More than 10 local churches and organizations are working with La Casa de Mi Padre, a Franklin bilingual church, to put on the celebration."

"'It includes white and African-American people; Russian people; and us Hispanics,' said Jose Duran, pastor of La Casa de Mi Padre."

"'Hispanic' is a U.S. Census designation for people who have a Spanish language heritage. But within this classification are people from different countries throughout this hemisphere. Foods, music and traditions can be different under the same Hispanic designation, as well as race."

"Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May), however, is a Mexican celebration. It recognizes the Mexican victory over French forces in 1862 in the Battle of Puebla. Like in the United States and our celebration of July 4, Cinco de Mayo represents the end of the dominance of European colonialism."

The Tennessean

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