Cinco de Mayo, it’s a Mexican holiday, right?
Not so fast!
It turns out, that although the holiday actually celebrates a Mexican victory over the French in Puebla in 1962, and in most of Mexico, isn’t that big of a deal. The holiday gained popularity United States when Mexican immigrants were afraid they were losing their heritage in the 1940s, so they started pushing the holiday as a celebration of Mexican culture.
But most people just use is as an excuse to drink, and the reason is because beer companies started to use it as a way to sell alcohol in the 1980s. In fact, the holiday actually didn’t gain real popularity until after 1998, according to a study from Washington State University.
However it started, it is always interesting to celebrate other cultures (and promote diversity in books!). Here are four fun ways you can do that this year without being in elementary school:
Galley Cat has a list of free books you can get for Cinco de Mayo. Seriously, no need to buy any.
On Schooling a Monkey, I made a list of 9 fun Cinco de Mayo resources for kids of various ages to learn more about the holiday. You don’t have to be a kid to learn something from these books.
Stuff Your Face
If only these cookies wern’t too much effort to make, I would totally make them to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year: the original Pinata Cookie.
And Shugary Sweets has a list of over 75 different food recipes for the holiday. It’s more Mexican food than you can shake a stick (maraca?) at!
Here are some basic instructions from Paper and Party Love on how to set up a taco bar. Because every Cinco de Mayo party needs a taco bar.
I’m pretty sure most people only celebrate Cinco de Mayo to get proverbially (maybe literally?) shitfaced. So, why not join them with these tasty beverages?*
Brit and Co has some jello shots that are made using lime-rinds, which is super cool.
Oh, and of course you need margaritas at Cinco de Mayo! I like this one from Jessica Weible. It’s so pretty!
If you want to get really fun, you could always make your own pinata.
And I looked for some games online for Cinco de Mayo, and most of them are for children. So, I’m making up my own.
Chili Pepper Contest
How many chili peppers can you cram into your mouth at once? Don’t bite down, or you’ll be sorry.
Which pepper is the spiciest?
Guess which chili pepper is the hottest. Loser has to eat the winning pepper.
Guess the Hottest Salsa
Put out like, 8 different salsas of various spiciness. Loser has to eat the bowl of the hottest salsa.
Pretty much all these ideas revolve around eating spicy things.
Happy celebration of Mexican culture in America everyone!
*Please drink responsibly.