The Brief: Memes about Cinco de Mayo, which falls on May 5th each year, depict the various ways people celebrate this holiday.
Cinco de Mayo memes reveal the different ways that different people 0bserve the holiday, including celebrations of Mexican heritage and people getting wasted on “Taco Tuesday.”
May 5, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that commemorates Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Not to be confused with Mexican Independence day, which falls on September 16, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in mostly in the U.S. and in parts of Mexico as well. In the U.S., in addition to being celebrated by Mexican Americans, the holiday has been co-opted by beer companies and non-Mexican Americans, many of whom are white, as a drinking holiday.
As COVID-19 lockdown orders require millions of people to stay at home on May 5, 2020, memes note how a damper will be put on festivities.
At least we won’t be seeing drunk white people in sombreros on Cinco de Mayo this year
— Alex Arriaga (@alexarriaga__) May 4, 2020
Since May the 4th, also known as Star Wars Day comes right before Cinco de Mayo, mashup memes combine references to both holidays.
Today vs. tomorrow pic.twitter.com/sU61diGgE7
— The Real One (@WWEREALONE) May 4, 2020
A Baby Yoda meme:
My next two days:#MayThe4thBeWithYou #CincoDeMayo pic.twitter.com/YS5331ni90
— Jake Turner 🌅 (@Astro_journey) May 4, 2020
Those who celebrate “Taco Tuesday” are bummed out that they won’t be able to go out for tacos this year.
cinco de mayo lands on a taco tuesday. miss corona really took that from us this year
— ronald (*˘︶˘*).｡.:*♡✧*。 (@seismically) May 3, 2020
white people quarantined on cinco de mayo who can’t go to $5 margaritas at Applebee’s pic.twitter.com/8Hk1MnOFg3
— Gym Leader Andy (@AyeAyeAndrew) May 3, 2020
#TBT to this extremely cringey tweet:
Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics! https://t.co/ufoTeQd8yA pic.twitter.com/k01Mc6CuDI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016
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We support your right to honor Mexican heritage by eating tacos and drinking margaritas any day you chose with or without a hat under your sombrero, but if you’re toasting independence today… • Cinco de Mayo is often misconstrued as Día de la Independencia (which is Sept. 16th) but is in fact, a celebration of victory against the French army at the Battle of Puebla and is not a federal holiday in Mexico. • #themoreyouknow #cincodemayomemes #cincodemayo #battleofpuebla
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Several Cinco de Mayo 2020 memes reference how the Coronavirus and Corona, a Mexican beer, share similar names.
A world where Cinco De Mayo falls on Taco Tuesday ruined by a disease named after a Mexican beer from TwilightZone
@aqpittmanWhen the quarantine ruins Cinco de Mayo but not your sense of humor! 🇲🇽 ##cincodemayo ##mexicanrestaurant ##theshowwillgoon ##fyp ##dallasstrong♬ Olvidé cancelar – daviidpalomino
@el.fresano me ataquen🤡😘😘😘😘 JAJA ##mexico ##cincodemayo ##mexicano ##parati ##fup ##fresa ##mexican♬ Bien Servida – Diego Herrera
Karens on Cinco de Mayo:
@yazzmineangelinai love alL culturEs 🥰💕🌮🇮🇹 ##karen ##cincodemayo ##fyp ##foryoupage ##viral ##hispanic ##mexico ##mexicanmeme♬ Original Sound – Unknown