Cinco de Mayo, or Day of the Dead, celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. This took place on May 5, 1862, hence the name of the holiday. This holiday isn’t to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day and ironically, is not often celebrated in the country. This holiday is quite popular in the United States, where populations of Mexican-Americans across the nation celebrate culture. Over several decades, Cinco de Mayo has become widely popular in the states, with festive parades, parties, and Mexican cuisine being the center of the celebration.
So, how do you plan to bring in your Cinco de Mayo at home? Here are seven ways to fiesta:
Host a virtual get together
We’ve all adapted to the use of Zoom and other group conference call apps on our smartphones. Center your next chat around Cinco de Mayo! Guests can grab their favorite drinks and snacks, and you can even compare who makes the best tacos.
Stir up homemade margaritas
Speaking of your favorite drinks, there’s nothing like a freshly mixed, cold margarita with salt around the rim. Get creative and head to Pinterest for authentic and fresh recipes. You can keep it classic with a traditional lime margarita, or concoct a unique and special recipe, like with strawberries and basil. Don’t be boring – make it from scratch!
Have a cook off
Are you quarantining with someone? Keep your stay-at-home order energetic with a cook off! Take turns making traditional Mexica dishes, and have an award-winning tasting once you’re finished. Really competitive? Throw in a prize for the best dish served.
Lead a neighborhood car parade
We’ve seen it all over the internet – neighbors are getting creative and staying connected. We love many car parades we’ve seen celebrating a special holiday – you can host one for Cinco de Mayo! Send an email or give a call to your neighbors and let them know what time your parade starts. Decorate your vehicles and blast some mariachi music down the street.
Plan a scavenger hunt
Create an educational scavenger hunt for your quarantine buddies, kids, or partner to learn the history behind the holiday. Keep it simple or go deep into the history of the Franco-Mexican War.
Want to keep it simple? Call your crew and host a conference-call-style game night. We love Playing Cards with our Rosettes – so much fun!
Watch a movie
Pull out the classics, like Desparado and The Mask of Zorro, grab a cozy blanket, and get comfortable!
Whatever you choose to do, remember to choose safety first. Protect yourself and your loved ones, and stay healthy!