Thursday, April 24, 2014

Celebrating Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo - Origins, Posters, Quotes and More!! 

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,

Peace & Love,.
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Cinco De Mayo Party Games

No party is any fun unless seasoned with folly! -D. Erasmus 

*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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50 comments:

  1. Oh too much fun! Love all of this info about Cinco de Mayo and the party ideas are great too! :) Sharing!

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  2. fun! I haven't really celebrated cinco de mayo much before, but it's so fun :)

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  3. The party ideas look like fun! While I grew up in California and lived in Texas, two states that really celebrate Cinco de Mayo, being Polish-Italian I've never hosted a Cinco de Mayo party myself. We've just always gone out to dinner at our favorite local family-run Mexican restaurant.

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  4. Yes, I was one to think it was Mexico's Independence Day as well. I never heard it called 'Mexican St. Patrick's Day' either, but that is kinda true and funny! Lots of great ideas for a fiesta!

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  5. Hahahahaa.. Mexican St. Patty's Day! My name is Erica, I'm a Mexican-American and I approve this blog post.... snicker :P

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  6. Love reading about the history of the day! And the games you mentioned sound like a blast! Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. Being a native Californian, from San Jose, CA to be specific, I grew up celebrating and being around Cinco de Mayo and Sept. 16 events where they would shut down the streets and have parades to mark the Mexican "celebrations"...so I appreciate this post, pointing out the differences. Also, love the Pinata for adults idea! FUN TIMES!

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  8. Ah Cinco de Mayo already?! The year is flying by! It was great to read more about it!

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  9. What an interesting post! Thank you for sharing! My dad's birthday is Cinco de Mayo, so I've never really celebrated Cinco de Mayo!

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  10. Such an interesting post I love learning about new cultures and festivals - thank you for sharing :)

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  11. For me this post was very educational
    I never knew the reason for this holiday
    Thanks!

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  12. I love reading the real story before holidays, great idea! And thank for the reminder to pick up some cerveza!

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  13. I love to celebrate all holidays and make them special in our home. I think it is important though to know why we have the holidays in the first place. Perhaps it doesn't matter but I like being educated. Thanks for taking the time to put this together!

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  14. Thank you for your kind words Jade!

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  15. tequila is always on the cinco de mayo menu!

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  16. I remember in high school we used to have a big Cinco De Mayo party every year! So now naturally I continue to celebrate and break out the margaritas!

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  17. Love the thought of eat, drink & be merry but I'm going to pass on the re-fried bean eating contest lol

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  18. Love the Cinco De Mayo party ideas - especially the pinatas for adults! The refried bean eating contest on the other hand might be the most hazardous part of the night :)!

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  19. I cannot, absolutely cannot join the bean-eating-contest. I don't eat beans :D
    These are good event ideas, keep 'em coming.

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  20. We always have fun with our friends during Cinco De Mayo! Great food and great people. What more could you ask for?

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  21. Love Cinco De Mayo Party quotes and poems, thank you for sharing

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  22. I love reading about the history of different days. I never celebrated Cinco De Mayo before but those games look like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing all this great information.

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  23. Cinco de Mayo means nothing over here, so good to understand a bit more about it, now I hear about it lots online

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  24. Thanks for sharing this post we've bee celebrating Cinco de Mayo now for about 5 years

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  25. great info! i do enjoy hearing about other holidays and celebrations-thanks for sharing

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  26. Thank you for sharing. I remember my mom would have us celebrate other cultures holidays I always thought it was so fun.

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  27. Love all the history you shared. Great post and thanks for sharing.

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  28. This is an interesting post. I never celebrated Cinco De Mayo, but i think it is fun.

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  29. I've never celebrated Cinco De Mayo before, but I'm willing to give it a shot this year.

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  30. Thanks for sharing the history of Cinco de Mayo. I've heard about the day but it's only now that I know the history.

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  31. Great Post Loved Learning The History Behind It It's Such A Festive Event!

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  32. That is one of our fave holidays. Love celebrating Cinco de mayo every year

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  33. Great to know some holidays in other country. May I have a drink, too? Lol.

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  34. This is a great post about cinco de mayo.Thanks for sharing.

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  35. I'm from Texas and a Cinco de Mayo party is a must! There's a chain of tex-mex restaurants that have a clock that counts down to cinco de mayo every year.

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  36. I have done my research as well on Cinco de Mayo which has a completely different name in Mexico lol. I love learning new things... my sons birthday is on May 5th so we usually celebrate that even though I am half hispanic I have had my Cinco de Mayo days of partying when I was younger lol.

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  37. I'm not aware of Cinco de Mayo but the celebration looks fun and very exciting. I also love festivals and I support them always.

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  38. I'm not sure if my comment went through but just in case, I'm not aware of the Cinco De Mayo festival but I bet it's exciting and fun!

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  39. Thank you for sharing... was interesting to learn the history ;)

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  40. You've shared great facts. I didn't realize it's sometimes called the Mexican St. Paddy's Day. That made me laugh

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  41. This was very informative, I never knew these facts!

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  42. Cinco de Mayo is really a big day though I don't observe it because we don't have Cinco de Mayo here but I see some great post and photos about this I even see contest.

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  43. i didnt know how big Cinco de Mayo really was, this is well written , im walking away feeling like im part of something fun and exciting

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  44. WOW! Thanks for sharing all of this information. I can't believe that there is a retired bean eating contest. wow!

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