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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Living la vida loca at Lochduhar

RESIDENTS at Lochduhar Care Home went loco celebrating Cinco de Mayo last week.

Cinco de Mayo, or May 5, is a national day which celebrates freedom and liberty in Mexico. It marks the date in 1862 when President Benito Juarez sent troops to face the invading French army who were marching towards Mexico City.

The day is hugely important in Mexico and is celebrated with parades, battle re-enactments, fireworks and parties around the country.

And in Dumfries, residents watched videos of parades and celebrations in Mexico and had a brilliant Mexican party with Mariachi music and a buffet of traditional food including tacos, burritos, enchiladas and mole poblano, a delicious rich sauce made of chillies and chocolate.

General manager Gillian Ward said: “We celebrate all cultures and religions and we try to mark as many cultural events as possible.

“Cinco de Mayo is a fantastic celebration and a great excuse for a party. We all had so much fun decorating the home with Mexican flags and dancing to the Mariachi music. Our residents also enjoyed tasting some traditional Mexican food and drink.”

Resident Enid Mitchell agreed and said: “It is so wonderful to be able to mark occasions like this and to remember the history behind the date.

“I really enjoyed listening to the music and the Mexican food our chef prepared was absolutely delicious!”

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