Top 8 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Your Multicultural Family

Cultural activities can be for everyone!

Sarah M. Baker May 05, 2015

“The Battle of Puebla, Mexico in 1862. The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862.” (

Learning the history of Cinco de Mayo is important so misconceptions aren’t passed along to the next generation. Did you already know what the Cinco de Mayo holiday was or did you just enjoy tacos and margaritas with friends each year? If your child is adopted from Mexico or of Mexican descent, learning the true meaning of the holiday can help them have pride in their heritage. Encourage your entire family to celebrate your child’s heritage and embrace the culture.

Here are some ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your family.

Be crafty.
1. Be crafty.

Make your own mariachi instruments like guitars and maracas out of household items. Take it another step further and create your own sombreros and festive masks. Crafts are a great way for children to get involved in Cinco de Mayo.

Dress up.
2. Dress up.

Find brightly colored Mexican-inspired clothing for the whole family to wear to celebrate your child’s heritage for Cinco de Mayo.

Learn the language.
3. Learn the language.

You may not be able to learn Spanish in just one day, but you can practice counting, common words, and simple phrases.

Cook tasty food.
4. Cook tasty food.

Cinco de Mayo wouldn’t be complete without delicious food! Prepare some yummy Mexican recipes to share as a family. Not up for cooking? Many towns have great authentic Mexican restaurants!

Have story time.
5. Have story time.

Visit your local library or bookstore and discover the history of the Cinco de Mayo holiday through illustration.

Pull out a piñata.
6. Pull out a piñata.

Every child, big and small, loves to take a swing at a piñata. Local party stores have a large variety and they are fun for all ages. Fill it with goodies and enjoy your Cinco de May celebration!

7. Celebrate.

Check out local festivities and join in on the Cinco de Mayo fun! There
may be a Mexican dance performance, historical reenactment, or a food and activity street festival in your town. If you can’t find something, make your own Cinco de Mayo parade or celebration!

9. Education.

For more info on the Cinco de Mayo holiday, check out's Cinco de Mayo page.

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Sarah M. Baker

Sarah is a Staff Storyteller for and passionate about teaching others the power of open adoption. She is very active in the adoption community, where she spends a lot of time advocating as the founder of Heart For Open Adoption. She is the mom of two boys in addition to parenting her niece. She is a mother biologically and through domestic infant open adoption. Sarah promotes adoption education and ethical adoptions. She and her husband were featured on Season 2 of Oxygen’s “I’m Having Their Baby,” which tells the story of their first adoption match failing. Sarah hopes to bring her personal experience to you and help anyone who wants more information about adoption to find it with ease. Though it was once a taboo subject, Sarah hopes to make adoption something people are no longer afraid to talk about. You can learn more about Sarah and her family on her blog.

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