4 Key Ingredients of a Cinco de Mayo Celebration

4 Key Ingredients of a Cinco de Mayo Celebration

The Mexican Army was outmanned three to one. But by the end of the battle, they had defeated the French, who were the world’s top military power. The date was May 5, 1862. Cinco de Mayo.

Which is NOT Mexican Independence Day, as is commonly believed. That’s September 16.

Like most holidays that get lost in translation over time, Cinco de Mayo has morphed into one of the most anticipated party days of the year, now often commemorated with salty, spicy food and drink, colorful displays, music, and other festivities. The celebration got really big in the ‘80s, just like hairstyles and shoulder pads in women’s clothing.

Since then it’s typical for people to observe Cinco de Mayo simply by gathering at a local Mexican cantina. Others may throw parties in their own homes. Either way, you’ve got to love a holiday where no special attire, gifts, or cards are required!

Let’s take a closer look at this fiesta for the senses.

Tastes: Salt Around the Rim, and Everywhere Else

A party is only as good as the refreshments that come with it. On Cinco de Mayo, huge, endless orders of tortilla chips and salsa are downed with cervezas (beer) and/or margaritas. The nachos are loaded, and they’re in good company. There are lots of other great Mexican dishes, so consider trying something new.

And remember: Good guacamole doesn’t come out of a tube or a packet!

Sights: Pageantry and Piñatas 

In some cities around the U.S., revelers don colorful costumes, dance, and hold parades to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture. It’s common for restaurants and bars to decorate by hanging piñatas. Unless your host tells you otherwise, these are “for show,” so don’t just start batting things off the ceiling.

Sounds: Move Over, Maracas

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Not Mexican, but their song “The Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro)” is a Cinco de Mayo staple. “La Bamba,” based on a Mexican folk tune, is another. And of course, “Tequila” by The Champs. Do yourself a favor and look up artists like Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel, and Thalía, too. They’re the real deal.

Vapes: The “H” Is Never Silent

And what to vape? Whatever your favorite Halo party flavor is, that’s the one. But we’re happy to make some suggestions. Had enough salty, spicy food? Try something sweet like Devlin, Twisted Turnover, or Belgian Cocoa. If you want something heartier, have a cigar flavor like LongHorn or Cordoba. Just make sure that your location is vape-friendly before taking a puff.

Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday this year, giving everyone the weekend to recover, so it could be quite the party in 2017. Enjoy yourself, but don’t overdo it!

Get your Cinco de Mayo celebration started now with some tasty selections from Mexican and other musical artists.

The opinions and other information contained in these blog posts and comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Nicopure Labs LLC, owner of the Halo and Halo Cigs marks.

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