Cinco De Mayo is here and we’re all so excited! While it’s not necessarily a holiday we get off of work, or school, we appreciate the chance to celebrate it all the same. This cultural holiday is big in the United States and in Mexico. There are so many fun and exciting ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo whether you want to go out, or if you’re thinking about staying in. No matter how you celebrate this holiday, it’s important to know why Cinco de Mayo or (May 5th) is such an important date in history.
History of Cinco de Mayo
Many people are under the impression that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, and that is simply not the case. If that was you, don’t worry about it, just know Mexican Independence is celebrated in September, not May. Cinco de Mayo is a day that commemorates the Mexican army winning The Battle of Puebla. They won against the French army, who at the time was the greatest army in the world, and hadn’t lost a battle in over fifty years.The battle took place May 5th, 1862 and even though they were completely outnumbered they came through victorious. Today Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the U.S and Mexico by embracing Mexican culture and traditions.
Events, Parties, and More
Now that we know why we are celebrating, let’s talk about the fun ways we can go about it. There will be numerous places celebrating and hosting different Cinco de Mayo events, and these events will be too good to miss. If you live in one or our Weidner Apartment Homes in Phoenix, AZ there is a popular Cinco De Mayo festival that takes place on May 6th. There will be live music and even scholarship giveaways. In places like Tucson, AZ there is a Cinco De Mayo Annual Picnic at the George Mehl County Park. You can bring your friends and family for a guaranteed good time. All over America, there are Cinco De Mayo parties taking place. People in Midland, TX and Odessa, TX can go to a Cinco De Mayo party being hosted at the Double Tree Hotel in Midland. They are having the party on both Saturday and Sunday, double the weekend fun! If you’re not into to going out, that’s fine, we have celebratory ideas for you too!
Cinco De Mayo Apartment Party
Get things going in your own home this Cinco De Mayo and throw your own Cinco De Mayo party! Invite some friends and family over and incorporate a little blending of Mexican culture into your party. Cook or serve Mexican food favorites that are easy and quick for your party, like enchiladas, tacos, and quesadillas. Have great finger food for people to snack on, like chips and salsa, chips and guacamole, or chips and a really good bean dip. Having decorations like colorful candles, napkins, plastic cups, plates, and utensils is also a really good idea. Colorful banners, place setting, and a Mexican flag or two wouldn’t hurt the aesthetics of the party either. Serving popular Mexican drinks like horchata, Jarritos, and aguas frescas will really make your party stand out. Integrate a couple of Spanish or Spanish style songs into your playlist and you’ve got the makings of a legendary Cinco De Mayo party.
No matter how you celebrate this special holiday it’s important to remember why we celebrate it. Cinco De Mayo is a time for having fun, but always remember to be safe. If you have any other great Cinco De Mayo tips, and traditions, share it with us at #LifeatWeidner.