Try out these Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Explore these ways to celebrate this longstanding holiday

Natalie‌ ‌Dean‌ ‌|‌ ‌Entertainment‌ ‌Editor‌ ‌ ‌

April is almost over, which means Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and will be here before we know it. For many, Cinco de Mayo celebrates Latinx culture and heritage, and is also commonly known as Battle of Puebla Day. May 5 commemorates the single battle known as the Battle of Puebla, which was won by the Mexican army in 1862. Due to common misconception, it is important to note that Cinco de Mayo is separate from Mexico’s Independence Day, which took place on Sept. 16, 1810.

Nowadays, the holiday provides an opportunity to recognize one’s heritage, celebrate culture and spend time with loved ones. For many, the day is spent in leisure and enjoying delicious food with family and friends. Although there may not be a ton of large events to attend, there are plenty of activities to do at home or around town for this year’s Cinco de Mayo. 

  • Since large gatherings and social events are limited, reach out to family and friends with a quick phone call or text.
  • Support Latinx-owned businesses, online shops and other local organizations.
  • Consider sharing local Latinx resources for folks in the community.
  • Order in from local Mexican restaurants to support small businesses.
  • Try new recipes by making festive drinks, traditional meals and sweet treats.
  • Decorate with the colors of the Mexican flag ⏤ green, white and red.
  • Listen to Mariachi music and find new artists to enjoy year-round.
  • Decorate the house with streamers, balloons, flowers or play music.
  • Experiment with themed crafts and decorations.
  • If needing some creative inspiration for art projects, look for Latinx artists on YouTube.
  • Poke around online and find other Latinx creators to support.
  • Practice and expand one’s Spanish-speaking abilities with apps like Duolingo, or by watching movies and shows in Spanish.
  • Take it easy and spend the day getting some good old rest and recovery at home.

Contact the author at ndean17@wou.edu

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