The 5th of MAY! The anniversary of the Battle of Puebla! A Mexican Celebration!
Culture Festivals across the US, the largest being held in southwestern US States
Watch "Celebrating Cinco De Mayo"
Brightly colored paper flowers
Papel Picado Banners
Green, Red, White, Black
Terra Cotta Bowls
Variety Pack Decorations
Blow up Lawn Cactus
When circumstances prevent the gathering, there are always ways to celebrate with the guest of honor by letting them know you are thinking of them! Mailing and social media open the doors to communication and sharing. While it is not a good substitute for a good "old fashioned" party, the purpose is served, and memories are still being made! There are no rules for creating a unique way to celebrate any occasion, nor are there any rules for the timeline to do so. All of the ideas listed above for creating a party may not be feasible during this time of Covid-19, but I hope you are inspired by some of the thoughts and traditions to make your party fly!
On May 5, 1862, the Mexican Army was victorious over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla! Also known as the Battle of Puebla Day, the Mexican army was led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza. The successful battle in the war against France represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government!
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and people of non-Mexican heritage. The celebration brings about cultural awareness, a day of historic significance, festivities that celebrate Mexican culture with food, song, color, dance, parades, folklore, and battle reenactments.
Cinco de Mayo was officially recognized as a national holiday in the U.S. in 2005, under a proclamation by President George W. Bush.
The official dish of the holiday is Mole Poblano. The sauce containing chocolate, chili peppers and spices was traditionally eaten in the town of Puebla.
Cinco de Mayo is NOT a holiday celebrating Mexican independence. It is NOT the day of the dead.
Awareness of Cultural sensitivity is on the forefront of minds these days. It is said to be politically incorrect for people to wear ethnic clothing or costumes of a culture to which one does not have genetic heritage. Be careful not to reinforce negative stereotypes with costume choices. In this scenario, it might appear racist to wear a sombrero, mustache, or attempt to speak with a fake Mexican accent.