Mexican Independence Day is every year on September 16th, and there’s no better time to don a sombrero, eat authentic Mexican food, or pay tribute to La Ciudad de la Esperanza. Having trouble figuring out how to celebrate? No problem, we’ve got plenty of great ideas—just leave house cleaning out of it.
The Food of Mexican Independence Day
Mexico is known for its rich and diverse variety of foods. From tortillas to carne asada, in the world of Mexican cuisine, there is something for everyone. Rather than spending the day house cleaning, or running errands, plan a trip to a local Mexican restaurant. Make sure that it’s authentic instead of Tex Mex, or you won’t get the full effect.
Buy a Piñata
Piñatas make any get together more enjoyable. It certainly will add to your Mexican Independence Day gathering! Have your friends, family, and neighbors over for a cookout and end the evening by breaking the piñata. This activity is great for kids and adults alike, plus at the end of it all, there’s candy to go around. Gotta love that!
Listen to Your Favorite Mexican Artists
Famous Mexican artists like Joan Sebastian, Jenny Rivera, and Selena have broken sales records time and time again, and their songs and stories are synonymous with Mexican Independence. Turn on your stereo and blast your favorite Spanish speaking radio station, or compile a playlist of your favorite Mexican artists. Sit back, relax, and let the music take you away.
Take Part in Arts and Crafts
Too busy finishing chores like cooking and house cleaning to get out and celebrate Mexican Independence Day? Opt for something simple like arts and crafts instead. Make a centerpiece out of an old sombrero or use colored construction paper for red, green, and white “snowflakes.” The options are endless, and there are several internet sites that provide plenty of arts and crafts suggestions for even the busiest people.
Practice Your Dancing Skills
Stuck inside this year for Mexican Independence Day? That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the celebration. While getting things done, work on your Jarabe Tapatío or Danza del Venado. Both of these classical Mexican dances are historic and easy to learn. Have a long line of agricultural workers in your family? Then you might want to try the Tlacolorerosis or agricultural dance instead. Get your feet moving and celebrate our sister country to the south.
Watch a Cantinflas Film
There’s no greater Mexican actor than Cantinflas, so why not celebrate by watching one of his many films? From El Padrecito to Around the World in 80 Days, there’s a little something for fans of all genres. Laugh out loud, and enjoy one of the greatest entertainers of all time.
Whatever you do this Mexican Independence Day, don’t let it pass you by. No amount of house cleaning, errand running, or work can make up for this special day that arrives once (and only once) each year. Viva Mexico!