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Ideas to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo At Work 2024

Here is your guide on how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in-person or remotely

Every May 5th, many celebrate Cinco de Mayo with festive decorations, delicious Mexican food, and perhaps a refreshing margarita. But Cinco de Mayo holds a deeper significance beyond just a reason for a party. It commemorates the unlikely victory of the Mexican Army over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, a pivotal moment in Mexican history.

This guide offers a comprehensive approach for fostering a more inclusive and culturally aware environment within your workplace through a meaningful Cinco de Mayo celebration.

1. Historical Background

Kick-off the festivities by providing employees with a solid understanding of the historical significance of Cinco de Mayo. This can be achieved through:

Informational Pamphlets or Posters: Distribute engaging materials with concise historical facts about the Battle of Puebla, its impact on Mexico, and the broader context of the French intervention.

Lunch-and-Learn Session: Host a brief presentation by a history buff or a Mexican cultural expert. This session can delve deeper into the historical context, key figures, and lasting significance of the event.

Cultural Workshops
Offer a variety of interactive workshops to allow employees to delve deeper into specific aspects of Mexican culture:

2. Mexican Cocktail Making Class

Unleash your team’s inner mixologist with a fun and educational cocktail-making session. Learn the secrets behind iconic drinks like the refreshing Michelada, the citrusy Paloma, or the smoky Margarita, exploring the unique ingredients and techniques that define Mexican cocktails. This interactive session can be a great way to unwind after work and celebrate the occasion.

Pro-tip: Interested in booking a workshop? The Michelada Cocktail & Mocktail Masterclass from Unboxed Experiences will teach you and your team to craft the perfect Michelada, with options for both cocktails and mocktails. The Michelada is Mexico’s answer to the Bloody Mary cocktail.  This virtual event is perfect for remote and hybrid teams.

3. Cooking Classes

Explore the culinary delights of Mexico with hands-on cooking classes featuring regional specialties or classic dishes like mole, enchiladas, or fresh ceviche.  Consider partnering with a local Mexican restaurant or a professional chef to lead these sessions.

4. Dance Lessons

Learning lively dances like the Jarabe Tapatío (Mexican Hat Dance) or energetic folk routines like the Danza de los Viejitos (Dance of the Old Men) can be a fun and bonding experience for colleagues. Laughter and teamwork are sure to ensue!

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5. Salsa Making Competition

Divide employees into teams and challenge them to create the tastiest and most creative salsa.  Provide various ingredients and let their creativity flow!

6. Catered Mexican Lunch

Partner with a local Mexican restaurant that offers a variety of regional dishes beyond tacos and burritos.  Let your team explore the culinary richness of Mexico with dishes like Oaxacan mole, Yucatecan cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork), or seafood specialties from Veracruz. If your workplace has a well-equipped kitchen, consider organizing a friendly cooking competition featuring Mexican dishes.  Alternatively, organize a potluck where employees contribute their favorite Mexican dishes or snacks.  Set up stations offering a variety of Mexican appetizers, snacks, and drinks.  This can include tacos with various fillings, fresh guacamole and salsa, chips and pico de gallo, refreshing aguas frescas (fruit drinks), and a selection of Mexican beers or tequilas. 

7. Live Music or Dance Performances

Hire a Mariachi band or a folkloric dance troupe to create an authentic and lively atmosphere during a lunchtime event or after-work gathering.


Cinco de Mayo offers a unique opportunity to celebrate Mexican culture within your organization. By integrating historical education, cultural enrichment activities, and engaging team-building experiences, you can create a more inclusive and culturally rich workplace environment. Moving beyond a one-day celebration, consider partnering with local businesses, supporting community initiatives, and providing ongoing educational resources to demonstrate a genuine commitment to cultural appreciation and understanding. This approach can help build stronger relationships within your team and foster a sense of belonging for all employees.

This expanded guide offers a variety of options to create a memorable and enriching Cinco de Mayo celebration that goes beyond just margaritas. By fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for Mexican culture, you can create a more inclusive and vibrant workplace environment for your team.

To plan an unforgettable online event with your team or clients, contact We have more than a decade of combined experience running unique events that combine hands-on elements, customizable kits, charismatic and knowledgeable live event hosts and unmatched customer service.

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