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How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Updated on March 28, 2008

Are you looking for a reason to have a party? What better reason to celebrate than Cinco de Mayo?

About Cinco de Mayo

Many people think Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, but that is actually incorrect. May 5th is an important date in Mexican history, but the country's independence day is actually September 16. May 5th is notable because this date marks the Mexican army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Interestingly, Cinco de Mayo is actually celebrated more widely and with greater pageantry in the United States than in Mexico. Many individuals and communities celebrate this event with parades, traditional Mexican or Chicano music and dancing, and feasts that include various types of Mexican foods and beverages.

Visit Your Favorite Restaurant

Many Mexican restaurants hold their own Cinco de Mayo events, complete with food and beverage specials, mariachi bands, and other fun and festive events. If you have a favorite Mexican dining establishment, you might find that the best way to mark this occasion is by gathering a group of your friends and attending the festivities as a group.

Plan Your Own Party

If you'd rather hold a private celebration, you might want to consider hosting a Cinco de Mayo party at your home. With a little creativity, you can easily decorate your home in a manner appropriate for such a party. You might want to select green, white, and red decorations to coordinate with the shades of the Mexican flag. If there will be children in attendance, you may even want to include a piñata in the décor.

Beyond setting the mood with décor, you'll want to be sure to play festive Mexican music throughout your party. You'll also want to serve a menu packed with favorite Mexican meals. If you don't trust your culinary skills, you could have the event catered. If you enjoy preparing Mexican food, or you want to learn how to do so, you can always make the items you serve yourself.

Mexican Cooking How-To

See Quick and Easy Recipes - Mexican Style to learn how to make beef and bean burritos, taco salad, nachos, quesadillas, and enchiladas. See How to Make Tortilla Rollups for instructions for an appetizer that will be perfect for you Cinco de Mayo bash. If you'd like to serve something straight from your slow cooker, try this unique Mexican Pizza recipe. If you really want to give your Mexican dishes an authentic flair, you can make your own taco seasoning.


Don't forget the beverages! Your guests will really enjoy your homemade margaritas.

Any Ideas?

Do you have any great ideas for planning a perfect Cinco de Mayo Party? Please feel free to post your suggestions in the comments section below.


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    History Of Enchiladas 8 years ago

    The history of enchiladas the earliest known indigenous people who lived in a lake region of Mexico according to tradition ate small fish wrapped in corn tortillas.