¡Celebracion! Cinco de Mayo happens on May 5 (obviously) and it’s time to finally learn why we’re all getting excited. Hint: We’ve had 157 years to figure this out.
Despite the holiday’s popularity in the U.S., most Americans have no idea why they’re drinking so many peach margaritas. While often mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo actually marks Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
Surprisingly, it’s not a national holiday in Mexico, but Americans seem more than happy to make it one in the U.S. While the holiday began as a means of resistance against French rule in Mexico, let’s take time today to honor Mexican-American culture.
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Cinco de Mayo Activities
Learn about Mexico
Discover the beginnings of Cinco de Mayo and expand your appreciation of our southern neighbors. Take the time to learn more about how their history has helped shape our own and the ways in which they have contributed to U.S. culture.
Dance to Mexican music
Try learning traditional Mexican dances such as Jarabe Tapatío. You can take a class or simply give it a go in your own home. Not only is it fun, but the exercise will help you feel less guilty when you chow down on traditional food later! The bigger the group, the bigger the fun, so invite your friends and have a little dance party!
Cook an authentic meal
One of the best ways to get to know a culture is through food. So why not try creating a traditional Mexican meal at home, either alone or with friends? Skip the standards — you can have those anytime. Instead of guacamole or tacos, try making pozole or tamales. You’ll love making it as much as eating it.
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Why We Love Cinco de Mayo
When Mexico celebrates, we celebrate with them. The U.S. would not be what it is today without the support of Mexico’s great citizens. Cinco de Mayo's a great time to revel in all Mexico has to offer and celebrate the country and all it’s added to our own!
Who doesn’t love a good party? On Cinco de Mayo there are celebrations most everywhere. Someone may invite you to one or you may throw your own. Alternatively, many restaurants, clubs, and organizations host events. It’s a good time to relax, have fun, and enjoy the company of friends and family!
Cinco de Mayo's an excellent excuse to enjoy Mexican cuisine and even try your hand at a traditional recipe you haven’t had before. If cooking isn’t your thing, go out to eat! Support your local Mexican restaurant and try something new off the menu.