For many members of the Mexican-American community, Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate victorious Battle of Puebla in 1862 and the Mexican culture as a whole. Unfortunately, for many Americans, this day has been demeaned and celebrated for the wrong reasons. If you want to honor an important day in Mexican history, then you need to look for ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo without appropriating the Mexican culture.
There's a very prominent Mexican community throughout the United States and, because of that, Cinco de Mayo has become such a big celebration. During this day, however, it's important to make sure that you're respecting the culture in celebration instead of just finding an excuse to drink.
Fortunately it is possible celebrate Cinco de Mayo without appropriating it. For starters, learning the history of Cinco de Mayo and the Mexican culture is a great place to start. After all, you can't truly honor or celebrate a holiday without understanding the reasons behind an important day.
So this Cinco de Mayo, put in some effort and enjoy the day for what it's really about. Here are a few culturally respectful ideas to celebrate and refrain from appropriating Cinco De Mayo this year.