Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"No time for a Siesta, it's time to Fiesta!"

Wild and Whacky Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Style

Cinco de Mayo recognizes the triumph of a small Mexican army over French forces in the 1862 Battle at Puebla. Although it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day (that is officially September 16th) it’s just as worthy of celebrating because the month of May gives us so few opportunities to drink ourselves silly, (just two, Memorial Day and Mother’s Day) it seemed necessary to add a third holiday during this relatively quiet month. It's Party Time, Amigos!

May 5th (which is the American version of “Cinco de Mayo”) always marks an important opportunity to not only have fun, but celebrate our important neighbor to the south. No matter if you're in school or at work, what your own cultural identity and background is, or how much you think you already know about Mexico, take a few moments to expand your horizons and celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with these ideas:

· Sew together a historical Mexican costume to wear today and have a fancy parade by yourself for your neighbors or co-workers.

· Find Mexico on a map. Remember where it is in case someone asks you to find Mexico on a map and point it out for them today.

· Jump around and pretend you are a Mexican jumping bean.

· Make your own personal piƱata and fill it with tequila. Ask really attractive people to take a swing at it with a stick. When it breaks, it will douse them with the tequila! Commence with the body shots!

· Create a giant cake in the shape of a sombrero, wear it around and have people eat off your head until it is gone.

· Every time someone says something in Spanish or someone wishes you Happy Cinco De Mayo, shake your own set of maracas in their face and scream "¡Andale! ¡Andale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Yii-hah!" and run away from them.

· Learn as much as you can about the history and culture of our amazing neighbor to the North, Canada…just to be fair.

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