Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day, but it’s actually a celebration held on May 5 to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a big significance – the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. These celebrations began in California, where they have been observed annually since 1863. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades or battle reenactments.
It may be harder this year to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the vibrant way that it is usually celebrated, but here we provide you with some fun ways that you can still feel the joy and engage with Mexican culture.
Look out for any Zoom virtual gatherings that may happen in your community!
This is a great chance to connect with friends and community and check in, as well as celebrate with them over Zoom happy hours. If you would like to join bigger celebrations, here’s a link to the “Zoom party of the year,” a Cinco de Mayo Virtual Fiesta 2020, scheduled for 5PM tonight.
Try out an elaborate Mexican recipe.
Just because this Cinco de Mayo happens to coincide with Taco Tuesday doesn’t mean you have to go for that option. Mexican cuisine is wide and varied, and there are plenty of food (and drinks) that you can make and enjoy on this day.
Support your local Mexican eateries!
If cooking’s not your thing, no pressure. Now more than ever, supporting local restaurants and eateries is of utmost importance. Call up your favorite neighborhood restaurant and see if they’re delivering. Don’t forget to tip generously.
Consider donating to a charity with a good cause.
Here is a list of charities you can donate to to support Mexican culture, heritage, and education in more ways than one. Consider the time to go through them and give (as much as you can spare) to some of these causes.
Learn about Mexican culture.
Celebrations don’t always have to be extra, sometimes they can be low-key and centered on dedicating time and space to honor other cultures. Perhaps you can take the time to engage with Mexican culture and heritage, learn more about the country’s history, or simply jam out in your living space to some joyous Mexican tunes.