It’s Time to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is the day commemorating the victory of Mexico over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Outside of Puebla, Mexico, however, Mexicans rarely put much effort into celebrating the day. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become a celebration of Mexican heritage much like St. Patrick’s Day celebrates Irish heritage or Oktoberfest recognizes German heritage. So let’s raise our tequila glass and celebrate.

As with most holidays, it should center on food. Many restaurants will be cooking up some authentic Mexican food like chiles rellanos, mole and tamales. While you’re out, sample a special tequila or cerveza.

Check out a community festival that celebrates Mexican heritage. Many are family-friendly with ample activities for kids and adults. If you can’t find a festival, make your own neighborhood event. Grab the maracas and hang a piñata and you’re off to a good start.

No party is complete without some music. Fortunately, music and dance are important aspects of the Mexican culture. Some favorite traditional dance styles include mariachi bands, Tejano and banda. You can find some instructional dance videos online to help you and your neighbors learn these fun dances.

It’s a common misconception that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day. But if you want to celebrate, you’ll have to wait until September 16.