Fiestas are a big part of most Mexican holidays. A fiesta generally starts at 8 or 9 in the evening, and goes late into the night. People of all ages attend the fiesta. There are three things a fiesta almost always includes: food, a pi–ata and dancing.

The best fiestas have a life mariachi band playing for the guests to dance to. A mariachi band typically has a violin, vihuela, guitar, trumpet, and occasionally a harp.

The pi–atas are ussually in the shape of a donkey, star or chili pepper. They are filled with candy and other treats, and the children hit it until the goodies are spilled onto the floor.

Cinco de Mayo fun

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