Like many things over the past year, celebrating Cinco de Mayo may look a little different in 2021. But that doesn't mean it can't still be a fiesta! Let's dive into 4 ways you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with style!
Music is an integral part of Mexican-American culture. There are tens of different styles to choose from — folk to mariachi to corridos and pop. Mexican music spans all genres and includes such greats as Vicente Fernández, Juan Gabriel, Thalía, Luis Miguel and the Tejano star Selena.
You can now enjoy a live concert from the comfort of your own home. Check out the below upcoming live events featuring Latin music stars.
Marco Antonio Solís (May 9)
Mexican singer-songwriter Marco Antonio Solís will offer a virtual concert to honor all moms on Mother's Day.
Where to Watch: 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 9. Tickets available here.
CNCO (May 14)
The Latin boy band CNCO, will be performing their first virtual concert since before the pandemic.
Where to Watch: 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, May 14. For U.S. tickets, click here.
You can also bring the vibe of Mexico home today with this incredible playlist:
One of the things many of us know and love Mexico for — its delicious food. Today I’d love to highlight a few dishes you can make at home to bring the flavors of Mexico to your kitchen.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
While lot of people dash to margaritas when they hear Mexico, today I want to share a beverage that is truly the cocktail of the Mexican people — the paloma. The paloma, which means “dove” in Spanish, is popular all across Mexico and is also damn delicious.
One of my favorite dishes that will make you feel like you’re on vacation is elote, or Mexican street corn. It is corn on the cob smothered with a layer of mayonnaise, grated cheese, lime and chili powder. It’s delicious and super easy to make.
A couple of notes on the preparation. If you have trouble finding cotija cheese, you can substitute grated parmesan.
For the chili powder, you can use what you have on hand but if you want to give your elote a kick grab some Tajin. It’s a tangy blend of chili peppers, lime and salt. You can find it at grocery stores in the Hispanic food aisle, and of course, online. And, if you’re looking for ways to use it up, try sprinkling it on fruit for a Chicano experience. It’s a perfect compliment to jicama, watermelon, mango and pineapple.
Support Local Businesses
One of the best ways you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year is by spending some dinero! Yes, take this as an opportunity to support a local Mexican-owned business.
Below is a list of businesses near my hometown of Tacoma that you can support this Cinco de Mayo. And if you're not near Tacoma, WA ask others in your community for recommendations as well!
The final leg of our celebration includes some fun activities you can do at home for Cinco de Mayo. Check it out! ?
Mexican wrestling, otherwise known as lucha libre, is a unique form of entertainment where storytelling, athleticism, machismo and sequins meet! Swap your face mask for a lucha libre mask and tune into a match.
Here's a couple places where you can watch.
Watch a Movie or TV Show
I love a good film and TV show to transport me into a new world. Lucky for us, there’s no shortage of great films about Mexico. There are dozens of greats to choose from.
In the montage video above, you'll see clips from amazing movies and shows featuring Mexican American stories, from young to old and from past to present. See the list below to learn more about the clips included.
No Mexican fiesta is complete without a piñata. Piñatas are an important part of birthday parties and other parties for children (and fun-loving adults), and have a long history that dates back millennia.
This is a fun tradition that you can bring home by making your own piñata with paper maché. Then fill it up with fruit, candy or other goodies and have fun breaking it open and letting all of the goodies rain out. Watch the video below to learn how to make your own piñata.
I'm Natasha Ho, a trained chef and avid traveler. I've studied culinary traditions from cuisines around the world, and I help food lovers learn how to cook a wide variety of meals that are consistently delicious so they can have more fun, ease and joy in their kitchen.