This year, the fifth of May falls on a Thursday, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo the right way. So whether you come from Mexico, China or the United States, here are three ways to celebrate this year:
1. Find out Why We Celebrate
Cinco de Mayo is not like the Fourth of July; it’s not the day that Mexico celebrates its independence. Cinco de Mayo is actually celebrated because of an event that occurred 50 years after Mexico declared their independence. On May 5, 1861, Mexican troops in the city of Puebla fought off a superior French army that outnumbered them two to one. The day is now remembered as the day Mexico fought off the French. But don’t take my word for it, find out more about the holiday and why now more Americans than Mexicans celebrate this event that happened more than 150 years ago.
2. Listen to Real Mexican Music
Get out that sombrero that is collecting dust in the back of your closet and make sure you dance to some authentic Mexican music this year. East Lansing has three different Mexican radio stations you can listen to: 640 AM, 810 AM and 1080 AM. So rather than listening to Pitbull’s “Fireball” or “Timber,” make sure you check out what regional Mexican songs are topping the charts on Billboard. “Levantado Polvadera” by Voz de Mando and “Soltero Disponible” by Regulo Caro are two regional songs currently listed on Billboard.
3. Taste Some Mexican Dishes
Even though Chipotle, Panchero’s Mexican Grill, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Qdoba are worlds better than anything at Taco Bell, this year try some other Mexican restaurants right here in East Lansing. If you are going to simply order some food try Trippers, El Azteco, Art’s Bar & Grill or Tacos E Mas. If you like to go out for dinner, there is El Oasis at 2501 East Michigan Ave. or Los Tres Amigos at 1227 East Grand River Ave. It’s impossible for you to not try Mexican food this Cinco de Mayo with all these local eateries.
Charlie Thompson is a senior majoring in professional writing. A Windy City native, he is a fan of Chicago hot dogs and the Cubs. Last summer he interned at BetterPoints in London and loved every minute of it. He enjoys watching the Oscars and going to art museums and a good beer.