Hi everybody! Okay, so… I know what you are thinking. Opinionated Wednesday’s are bi-weekly and we just got one last week.
So, first… it is….
And second, #idowhatiwant 😊
And third, sometimes you have to get off the beaten path when necessary. What has us off the beaten path?
Cinco de Mayo or Fifth of May. More specifically, office parties that are themed around this holiday.
As of today, it is May 1st, and in 4 more days, a Sunday no less, there will be parties galore. And some offices will partake in said parties on the Friday before. (so many people are not going to be in work on Monday…smh)
Here at #TPPBlog, we give tips and tricks. But we also, drop some knowledge and for those of you who don’t know, Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day.
Cinco de Mayo, according to History.com, is the celebration of the Mexican Army defeating the French Army. The fight known as The Battle of Puebla, lasted from “daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash.” It was a battle the French had assumed they would win easily; however, that was not the case.
The history behind Cinco de Mayo can be written as a motivational piece…but that is not the purpose of this article.
I am discussing the parties that come along with the holiday. *rubs forehead* I have seen some interesting takes on this holiday that quite honestly… Have not an iota to do with the true history of the day. Don’t get me wrong, I know people are going to party and party hardy no matter what day it is.
So, here are some quick tips so you don’t come off as a jerk or offend someone with a Cinco de Mayo themed office party.
1. Be authentic and accurate: If you want to have a party, be authentic. Don’t just throw up Mexican flags in the office and bring in a sombrero you bought from Party City for 5 bucks. There is a rich history that follows this day. If you are going to do it. Do it right. Also, there’s a difference between Mexican and Tex-Mex. Thrillest.
2. Be historical: A simple Google search brings up so much about the history behind the holiday. Most people don’t even know the actual origins. Why not learn not just the culture but the history as well. It’s quite intriguing.
3. (and this one is huge) DON’T BE RACIST: Coming in the office in a poncho, sombrero, bringing in a bag of Taco Bell and calling everyone “Ese” is racist and has nothing to do with the holiday. And, for those of you following a certain somebody… if you think every person of Mexican/Hispanic origin is illegal and should, and I’m quoting here, “go back to their own country.” Ummm, quick question for you. Why are you celebrating or participating in their culture’s celebrations to begin with? -_-
4. When in doubt…Don’t: It’s better to be respectful and open-minded then disrespectful, wrong, and close-minded. If you feel like it wouldn’t be taken very well, then just avoid it. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
In a professional environment, its okay to have fun and experience things from different perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures; however, if you are going to experience those things get educated on the history and how to properly celebrate it.