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Posted in Food and Recipes | May 2014

It’s a Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Mexican celebrations
Cinco de Mayo, the commemoration of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War1, is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico. In the United States, however, it has turned into an important celebration of Mexican culture and heritage that anyone—no matter where they’re from—can enjoy!

Typically celebrated with parades, mariachi music and street festivals, this colorful holiday is a great opportunity to gather friends, have some delicious food and perhaps start a few traditions of your own.

Food is an important part of Cinco de Mayo. Mexican food is bright, colorful, zesty and delicious—the perfect food to share with friends! Tacos, enchiladas, burritos, guacamole, nachos, tamales, and chiles rellenos are just a few of the Mexican-inspired recipes you’ll find at Food Network . And don’t forget dessert! Visit Epicurious to find out how to make churros with Mexican hot chocolate, Mexican chocolate flan, and mango lime ice. Or check out Allrecipes.com for delectable treats like sweet empanadas, Mexican wedding cakes, tres leches cake, and nutty bunuelos.

If you’re having friends and family over on May 5 to celebrate with delicious homemade Mexican food (or your favorite take out, which is also perfectly acceptable), you might as well make it look and sound festive too. It’s not a real fiesta without some brightly colored décor and finger-snapping music!

Visit Martha Stewart for some décor inspiration, including the kind of bright colors and decorations you might see at a Cinco de Mayo bash. If there are going to be kids in attendance, a piñata stuffed to the gills with candy is a fun was to make a big impression on the little ones. You can buy empty piñatas at many party supply stores and simply fill them with bulk candy, or you can try your hand at making one! Brit + Co has 20 ideas  for cheery handmade piñatas your guests will adore.

If you can hire a mariachi band for your party, you will go down in the record books as the host/hostess with the mostest! But it’s perfectly fine (and much more economical) to throw on a CD or stream some live Mexican radio stations from the internet using a site like Surf Music.

However you choose to celebrate—even if it’s just heading out for margaritas with your sweetheart or having the kids help you with a special taco dinner—enjoy this fun and festive day!

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1 http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo

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