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.
Chances are good that 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!