Cinco de Mayo definitely looked different this year. No big fiestas, unfortunately. But if you still want to celebrate this week, or you’re just looking for a distraction from being quarantined, I’ve put together a list of 5 ideas to inspire your fiesta en casa.
- Donate to a cultural center. This category of place is struggling right now, and even the smallest donation can help a local museum, art gallery, cultural or outreach center keep their proverbial doors open. A worthy recipient of your Cinco de Mayo dollars in Atlanta is The Latin American Association Atlanta Outreach Center. Take a moment, when you visit their website, to browse a bit.
- Order from your favorite local Mexican restaurant. Duh! Although we may not be able to celebrate this amazing occasion with friends, Cinco de Mayo was actually on Taco Tuesday this year. Chances are that your favorite local taco, tamale, or taquito place is open for delivery or takeout. Try a Mexican restaurant offering takeout or delivery. Cinco de Mayo is typically a big deal for Mexican restaurants, and they could really use revenue right now! Don’t forget to wear a mask if you go out to pick up food.
- Support local mariachis. Whatever you do, definitely tune into some mariachi music this week. The novel coronavirus wiped out events where mariachis would usually play, cutting off a major source of income. Look up private mariachi sessions. Yes, that’s a thing!
- Read about the Battle of Puebla. Nope. Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexican Independence Day, y’all. The day marks a decisive Mexican military victory against the French, in 1862. And it’s mostly celebrated outside of Mexico, haha! But the city of Puebla, Mexico still celebrates the holiday. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Mexican Independence Day, which is September 16th!
- Take a Spanish lesson. Conversation Exchange, and My Language Exchange allow you to practice your skills with native speakers.