Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated with delicious Mexican food, elaborate festivities, and remembrance of a rich culture. The real reason we celebrate Cinco de Mayo is to commemorate Mexico’s victory over France in the Battalla de Puebla on May 5, 1862. There is the common misconception that it’s Mexico’s Independence Day, but that is celebrated separately on September 16.
The French army was much larger and victory for Mexico was unlikely. Against all odds, Mexican forces prevailed, and a holiday was declared to honor the country’s perseverance.
The holiday since has become more popular in the United States than Mexico and evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture, unity, and solidarity. So, while you’re making Mexican food and drinks like margaritas and tacos, take some time to learn about our neighbor's rich culture.
Throw a house party! Fill your home with festive Cinco de Mayo décor and culture with these fun ideas that the whole family can be a part of. Start by decorating or dressing up in the colors of the Mexican flag – red, white, and green – however you can!
Decorate with Papel Picado
Mexican folk art is fun for all ages. Just get some colorful paper and string and cut out creative designs. You can also build a piñata out the same paper and string, just add some watered-down glue! By turning one craft into two you will have ample decorations for your celebration.
Shake things up by painting empty bottles or other containers with festive colors. Then throw in beans, rice or pasta. It’s a fun way to teach kids about other cultures while making musical instruments they can use for other celebrations or to make during arts and crafts lessons at home.
Play Mariachi Music
Now that you have maracas to play along with, turn on some Mexican music to accompany your cooking and celebrating. Maybe even try some traditional folklórico dancing while you’re at it. The Mexican Hat Dance would be a popular dance to recreate – just grab a sombrero or hat and have fun!
Play some super fun games like Mexican kickball, piñata breaking, or escondidas – the Mexican version of hide and seek! You can also incorporate your Mexican food into games like having a taco eating contest!
Don’t limit yourself to one day of delicious Mexican food. Tacos, enchiladas, and other classic Mexican fare hits the spot any time. Try these recipes today and end your party on a sizzling and spicy note!
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