Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. It is also known as Battle of Puebla Day (not Mexican Independence Day). While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
Cinco de Mayo will look a little different from previous year celebrations amid the Covid-19 outbreak. We remind you to celebrate at home and have no gatherings outside the immediate household. Also, please remember the importance of social distancing and to wear a mask while having fun during the Mexican holiday.
Here are 5 tips on how to celebrate at home:
1. Support your local Mexican restaurant.
The chances are your local Mexican restaurant is opening for delivery or take-out. By supporting our local restaurants today, we can help ensure they will be around tomorrow.
2. Inform yourself on the Battle of Puebla:
Take some time to learn about this holiday and why it is celebrated. Knowing the history behind Cinco de Mayo, can help you celebrate in a more respectful and educated way. Puebla is actually one of the few places in Mexico that highlights this holiday.
3. Learn to make a true Mexican margarita:
Believe it or not, you can actually have a margaritas that doesn’t come from a pre-made mix! There are many online recipes and classes on how to make the perfect margarita from scratch (and some creative spin-offs from the original cocktail).
4. Have a Zoom Fiesta:
Gather your friends on a group Zoom call. Set a festive background and put on some fun music and toast with a margarita.
5. Cook at home
If cooking at home is more your style, the options are endless when it comes to Mexican inspired dishes. Enchilada’s, tacos, fresh salsa and creamy guacamole are a great place to start!