Cinco de Mayo is coming up and while many may think it’s Mexican Independence day it’s actually not. So if you intend to celebrate the day, which commemorates Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th 1862, during the French-Mexican War, do so with some sensitivity to a culture rich in history.
Here are three things you absolutely should not do on Cinco de Mayo.
Dress up in sombreros and fake mustaches
There is no need to “dress up” for this day, but if you do, do not wear a sombrero, mariachi suit, serape, fake mustache or anything of the sort if you are not a member of that culture. Those things have historical and cultural significance, and donning them just for a day caricatures and stereotypes people. That’s not fun.
Go out and get drunk
There is nothing wrong with drinking in moderation and doing it socially, but responsibility is key. What is the use in celebrating a day if you get sick or can’t remember it?
Make English words Spanish by adding an “o” on the end
Not only does it not make any sense, but by doing this, it makes fun of another language and turns it into a joke. The same goes for plays on the holiday name, so no parties or themes like “Cinco de Drinko.”
You can make a margarita cupcake or a fun mocktail, or have dinner at a family-owned Mexican restaurant. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo without doing any of the three above
Remember, as a day that’s widely commercialized by the liquor industry it’s not necessary to celebrate. So feel free to stay at home with a bag of chips and salsa.