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  • Writer's pictureTyzza Macias

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations Take on Modern and Inclusive Twist for Latinx Generation

Cinco de Mayo has become a beloved celebration of Latinx culture in the United States. Although it commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, for many Latinx people in the US, it is a time to honor their culture and connect with their roots. And as each year passes, the celebration takes on a more modern twist.

For the Latinx generation, Cinco de Mayo is more than just a day to drink margaritas and wear sombreros. It is a time to celebrate the richness of their culture and educate others about their heritage. And in recent years, the celebration has taken on a more modern and inclusive twist.

One of the ways that the Latinx generation celebrates Cinco de Mayo is by creating fusion dishes that combine traditional Mexican cuisine with other cultural influences. Chefs have created dishes like kimchi tacos, which fuse Korean and Mexican flavors, and sushi rolls with a Mexican twist, like the spicy tuna roll with avocado and jalapeño. These dishes reflect the Latinx generation’s diverse backgrounds and experiences, keeping traditional Mexican cuisine alive while creating something new and exciting.

Another way that the Latinx generation celebrates Cinco de Mayo is by incorporating technology into their celebrations. Social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok have become popular ways for people to share their Cinco de Mayo experiences with others. From sharing pictures of their favorite dishes to showing off their dance moves, social media has become a way for people to connect and celebrate together, even if they are miles apart.

Cinco de Mayo has also become more inclusive, with Latinx people from all backgrounds celebrating the holiday. People of Puerto Rican or Dominican descent may celebrate by incorporating elements of their own culture into the festivities, like playing salsa music or making traditional dishes from their countries. The focus is on celebrating the contributions and achievements of all Latinx people while being mindful of the holiday’s origins and history.

Respect and accuracy are key when celebrating Cinco de Mayo. The Latinx generation has made efforts to move away from harmful stereotypes and cultural appropriation, instead of focusing on honoring Mexican culture. This means educating others about the true meaning of the holiday and celebrating the resilience and strength of the Mexican people.

Finally, the Latinx generation has also used Cinco de Mayo as a way to give back to their communities. Many people use the holiday as an opportunity to volunteer or donate to organizations that support Latinx people in need. This helps to strengthen the community and celebrate the resilience and strength of Latinx people.

One of the most prominent celebrations of Cinco de Mayo in Dallas, TX is the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts annual Cinco de Mayo parade, which has been a staple in the community for 30 years. The parade featured a diverse range of performers and participants, from all backgrounds and walks of life, coming together to celebrate the resilience and strength of Latinx people. The event showcased a new wave of Latino-influenced performances, including the Danza de los Matachines, a religious dance performed in colorful, elaborate decorative outfits and masks.

The Cinco de Mayo celebration has evolved to embrace the modern twist that the Latinx generation has brought to the holiday. From fusion dishes to social media sharing, inclusivity, and community outreach, the Latinx generation has created a new way of celebrating that honors the richness of Mexican culture while also celebrating the diversity of the people who make up the Latinx community.

As we look forward to many more years of celebrating Cinco de Mayo, let's continue to embrace the new, modern twist that the Latinx generation has brought to the holiday. May we continue to honor and celebrate the resilience, culture, and diversity of Latinx people.


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