Cinco de Mayo is known as one of the holiday’s that represents Mexican pride because of its rich history. On this day, Mexican citizens honor the triumph of the Mexican Army who fought against the French army in the Battle of Puebla on the 5th of May 1862. The date was declared an annual holiday on September 16, 1862 by President Juarez; then after this, Cinco de Mayo became a popular Mexican holiday.
Beside Mexicans, other citizens around the globe also celebrate Cinco de Mayo: in Mexico, most Cinco de Mayo celebrations take place in Puebla, the battlefield of the Mexican Army and the French. In Mexican celebrations, you would see large parades where people are dressed up as French or Mexican soldiers; plus, a lot of vendors are also present, selling traditional Mexican food, traditional clothing, as well as accessories for people to wear during the occasion.
Sometimes, there are also reenactments of the Battle of Puebla. In the US and in some areas in Canada, Cinco de Mayo parties are often hosted by families and friends. Green, red, and white, which are colors of the flag of Mexico, are often in costumes and party decorations. In these festivities, Mariachi bands perform, or Mexican folk music is played, and traditional Mexican dancing is also present. People also feast on traditional Mexican dishes such as enchiladas, salsa, tacos, and tortilla chips.
If you wish to celebrate Cinco de Mayo to honor and celebrate the Mexican Army’s victory this May with your family and friends, you can now begin your party planning. Here are some tips for you to have a spirited celebration:
Adorn Your Home with Mexican-style Decorations
As mentioned earlier, Cinco de Mayo parties often feature red, white, and green colors since these are the colors that represent the Mexican flag. You can get balloons and streamers in these colors, and you can also check out a party prop store to purchase a Mexican flag that can be hung somewhere in your home. For the dining area, you can set up brightly colored tableware; and for an excellent option, you can add the piñata for your Cinco de Mayo party. If you’re wondering where you can purchase these piñatas, just visit a party store and you’ll be able to find one for your celebration. Since you’re aiming for the red, green, and white theme, it’s best to search for one around the time of the celebration itself, or if you want to bring out your creative side, you can also make your own piñata for your Cinco de Mayo party. If you’re not much into the piñata, you can instead, use luminaries which are another great option to keep the tradition. Luminaries are tin candle holders that have punched holes to create a starry night effect.
Dressing up for this Occasion
You can also choose outfits that exhibit the colors of the Mexican flag. This will be even more perfect for the occasion. This is to easily bring the Cinco de Mayo spirit to your family and friends to fully enjoy. To make things even more fun for your celebration, you can also wear outfits that greatly inspire Mexican traditions; or, you can also wear clothes that have been designed and styled by Mexican designers. If you want to include some accessories, it would be fun to carry instruments like the maracas or a guitar to bring in more of that fun Mexican vibe.
Dance with Friends and Family
Dancing is one of the activities done during the celebration of Cinco de Mayo and the Mexican Hat Dance is the most popular for the occasion. There are also other Latin dances such as folk-lorico, salsa, and rumba. You can either hire a professional to teach the partygoers some dances or browse online for videos that can teach you how to do these dances.
Play Mexican Music
For Cinco de Mayo celebrations, it is great to visit websites where you can hire a mariachi band to perform at your party if you can afford this. If not, you can always create a Mexican-themed playlist instead. You can browse online to see Mexico’s top billboard songs to know what’s popular today. Another option for you is to perform Mexican songs if you and your other family members know how to play the guitar or the maracas.
Play the Lotería Game
In a Lotería game set, a deck of fifty-four cards with colorful images and ten boards with random patterns of 16 images are present. Before the game begins, rules will be made, and an announcer will be picked. After selecting a card from the deck, the announcer may choose to make riddles or say humorous things to give other players a hint about what is on the card. Usually, players use beans to mark their board. Players who first complete the established rules must shout “Lotería!” You can also make this more exciting by playing the game for nickel or dollars.
Serve Mexican Food
Food is one of the things that people never miss in celebrations, so for Cinco de Mayo, serve a variety of Mexican dishes. You can mix up some guacamole, make enchiladas, or grill chicken fajitas.
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