Celebrating Cinco De Mayo
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Article by Guest Blogger: Big Daddy Tee
The un-official countdown for this year's Cinco de Mayo celebration is less than two-weeks away. Although the day is celebrated widely throughout the country no where is it more celebrated than right here in California. Many have likened this 'holiday' to that of St. Patricks Day as it is known for a drinking celebration with buckets of Coronitas w/ fresh limes and of course Tequila shooters. But do you know the real reason why Mexicans celebrate this day and why it is so special to them?
For some reason, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States of America, by Mexicans and Americans alike, than it is in Mexico. Many think that this holiday is the celebration of Mexican Independence Day. It is not, that is celebrated on Sept. 16th and is a much bigger holiday in Mexico than Cinco de Mayo.
The history of every country begins in the
heart of a man or woman -Willa Cather
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. It was a battle against the French in which they faced overwhelming odds against victory but victory indeed is what they accomplished on that infamous day in Mexican history.
In the city of Puebla, as in many USA cities with large Mexican populations, there are parades, dancing and festivals. Traditional Mexican food is often served or sold. Mariachi bands fill town squares, and a lot of Dos Equis and Corona beers are served.
It’s a fun holiday, really more about celebrating the Mexican way of life than about remembering a battle which happened 150 years ago. It is sometimes referred to as a “Mexican St. Patrick’s Day.” Like St. Paddy's Day, where everyone is Irish for the day, so too on Cinco de Mayo everyone gets to be Mexican for the day. The message for both holidays is the same drink, eat and be merry.
Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo celebration in a safe and responsible manner! Wepaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,
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Cinco De Mayo Party Games
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*De Nada, De Mayo Drinking Game
Adult only. Please drink responsible and have a designated driver!
Only a small group will participate from the party. The individuals who are participating will be the only ones in on the fact that a game is being played. So you, the host, will have to choose who is going to play. For this demonstration, we will have four players (two teams of two). Determine among the participants when the game is over. For example, whichever team drinks 7 times is the loser. This number was just randomly picked. The actual number should be discussed ahead of time. Team one, must take a drink every time the words "de nada" is uttered by any party member. Those who are playing the game, may not say the key words. Team two must take a drink every time "de Mayo" is said. The team players are only able to drink when a party goer says their key words. Most likely, the guests will catch on. This will make it interesting to see the creative ways the party guests are purposely now saying the key words, "de nada" or "de Mayo". It will also be fun to see who is rooting for who. The game is done when the determined amount of drinks (7 in our case) has been doled out by the party goers. The loser is the team who had to drink all seven times. Prize: The losers must buy (for the winners) the next round of drinks, coffee or sober food!
*Pinata for Adults
It's your regular pinata, but in addition to candy and beads filling the pinata add some folded up slips of paper (pre-printed) for the guest to grab for as well. After everyone has snatched their stash, then person by person have them open up and read what is on their slips of paper. The person must either perform what is on the paper or accept the prize on said paper.
Ideas: One free beer (if cash bar). Give a spontaneous toast to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. 4 slips of paper will say perform a Mexican Hat Dance-after all four slips have been found those four party goers will perform as a group. Save the best beads for this--You won special beads, but you will have to earn it (flashing is not required, you may do something funny/entertaining) You are the Cinco de Mayo King or Queen. You can buy a cheap crown at the dollar store and enhance it or even make one totally from scratch.
Making a crown: Just take any light weigh cardboard. I used a cereal box and cut it out to look like a crown. See picture of the Farkle King below. Cover in tin foil. Hot glue some costume jewelry or I used toy jewelry from the party store where I also got the letters. Instead of the letters spelling out Farkle, have them spell out Mayo 5. You can hot glue them on too.
*Mexican Re-fried Bean Eating Contest
This game is great to have kids and adults competing at the same time. Take six volunteers (random number), of hopefully a mixture of the young and old. There will be two winners, first adult to finish and first child to finish. The fastest of these two will win the grand prize and the other will win runner-up prize. Have plates of equal sized portions (big) of re-fried beans. You can use a medium size bowl and fill level, then scrape the contents on a plate. Repeat for the six plates. This will ensure even portions. Have the participants put their hands behind the back, then on ono, dos, tres have them start eating. Whoever cleans their plate first (one adult, one kid) wins. Contents must stay down, which may be hard for the adult who may have been imbibing when they volunteered.
Prize: Before the game starts, pass around the sombrero for prize money. For example, if a total of $20 is given, then grand prize winner will receive $12 and runner up will get $8. No the house does not get a cut! Guests will root for their favorite competitor more if they have a stake in it. Fun bets on who will win may be acceptable.
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Feliz Cinco De Mayo!!!
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