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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an appreciation of liberation

Date Created: 05/02/2012

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an appreciation of liberation Cinco de Mayo is an important event in Mexican history - it commemorates the day in 1862 when Mexican freedom fighters fought against the imposing French empire and won the Battle of Puebla. Although Cinco de Mayo is not the Mexican Independence day - that holiday falls on September 16th - it still marks a triumph that deserves to be remembered. Even if you and your family are not of Mexican heritage, the holiday may still resonate with you - it is symbolic of the defeat of tyranny and the fight for sovereignty, something all nationalities can appreciate. So demonstrate your freedom to assemble with a Cinco de Mayo party at your house.

Represent the flag through decorations
Cinco de Mayo celebrations are usually characterized by high energy and an extremely decorative environment. Throw up the colors of the Mexican Flag with green, orange and white streamers, curling ribbon and balloons. Your party tableware can match these decorations by having disposable forks, knives and plates with those same colors.

Festive beverages
Tip your hat to our neighbors to the south by serving drinks that are traditionally affiliated with Mexico. For beer, use imported brands like Dos Equis, Corona and Modelo Especial. Bring out the blender and the salt for some righteous margaritas such as Emeril Lagasse's Ruby Red Grapefruit. This delicious blend uses coarse kosher salt, Ruby Red vodka and grapefruit juice, simple syrup, squeezed lime and wedges of grapefruit.

Follow up with food
Accompany your beverages with traditional Mexican cuisine. While supermarket salsa will suffice, the Food Network suggests a homemade blend that uses dried arbol chiles, roasted tomatoes and onions, fresh chiles and vinegar. Pass up the stereotypical burritos and fajitas for something more unique such as a large plate of fideo, which is Mexican fried pasta.

Get active
Take advantage of May's warm climate by having outdoor activities. Fun party games for the children could include pinatas filled with candy. Perhaps hold off whacking the pinatas until later on in the evening so they can be used as decorations first.

In the region of Puebla, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with dancing. Hook up your stereo outside and create a dancefloor in your backyard by stringing up lights and putting flaming tiki torches in the ground. Play lively traditional Mexican music and encourage everyone to shake and move, under the hot spring sun and into the seasonably warm night. 



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