Cinco De Mayo recently passed. While it’s a celebration of Mexican heritage, it doesn’t commemorate Mexican Independence Day. That we celebrate September 16th. Still, Cinco De Mayo is a great time to relax, have fun and explore Mexican traditions. Is there a better time to plan a Cinco De Mayo inspired Mexican vacation?
Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Cities like Denver closed streets for a Cinco De Mayo festival. As you begin to construct your itinerary, include festivities. Are there any festivals taking place around where you’ll be staying? Go!
2. While Cinco De Mayo doesn’t commemorate Mexican Independence, it does commemorate an accomplishment. On May 5th, 1862, a powerful French army tried to force Mexico to honor previous debt. Mexican soldiers, in turn, defeated the French. This is just a tidbit of information on the interesting history of Mexico. Plan a trip to historical sites and museums. What other battles did Mexico fight? Are other victories also honored? If so, how?
3. Cinco De Mayo is a big deal in the United States, but not so much in Mexico, where Independence Day garners more attention. Consider the ways in which your traditions differ from Mexican traditions. Get involved in arts and crafts. Creativity leads to a memorable getaway.
4. Cinco De Mayo is a celebration filled with music, dancing, and of course, food! Explore different dishes while you’re on vacation. If you’re brave, bring a recipe back to try at home.
5. Wherever you are in the world, a Cinco De Mayo celebration brings joy! It is a celebration of history, culture and more. Before you depart, remind yourself that it’s all about your attitude. Don’t let small imperfections get in the way of what may very well be your best vacation yet.
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