#BEDM | Cinco de Mayo

I’ll be honest here. I know that Cinco de Mayo is a holiday in Mexico celebrating something that happened on the 5th of May, but I don’t know what. So being the culturally sensitive type that I am, I thought “I know, I’ll do sugar skull nails – ties in my regular Mani Monday post and is Mexican.” Yep, sorry Mexico! I deserve how badly these turned out:

Sugar Skull nailsI used: Barry M Silk ‘Pearl’ (white and as base under the pink); Barry M ‘Superdrug 50th Birthday Special Edition); Barry M nail art pens in pink and black; fimo flowers; real dried flowers; Boots Shine Solution topcoat.

The main things I would change are the green flower to be a bit smaller and to put a pink gem stone above the eyes on the skull. I see so many intricate designs like these and it makes me wonder – how big are these people’s nails!? Jealous much?

Anyway, if you’re more educated than mean you’ll know that sugar skulls are used to honour and celebrate departed family members during Dia de los Meurtos (Day of the Dead) on the 1st and 2nd November. Cinco de Mayo meanwhile celebrates of day of victory for Mexico over the occupying French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It’s observed regionally in the city of Puebla and some other areas of Mexico as well as widely in the US.

The more you know…


10 thoughts on “#BEDM | Cinco de Mayo

  1. Beth @plasticrosaries says:

    You know I thought Cinco de Mayo was all about sugar skulls and stuff too but turns out I was wrong – still Mexican and they look sweet even if you’re a huge fan of them – I like ’em and I couldn’t do it:)

    • AlleyHope says:

      Thank you lovely:) I wouldn’t be offended if someone did highland coo nails in honour of St Andrews Day so hopefully I’ve got away with itπŸ˜‰

  2. Rachael (@hookstitch) says:

    I love how the skull turned out, he’s pretty awesome. Cinco de Mayo is a big deal here in Detroit to as we have a large Mexicantown town area (where some of the best food in this area can be found!).

  3. Diane says:

    I opted for the sugar skull nails route too so you’re not alone, ha ha. It was either that or waffle on about how much I want to visit Mexico (a lot!).:) x

    • AlleyHope says:

      Oh me too, it’s at the top of my bucket list! I was considering doing a margarita recipe post, wish I had done that now because I really fancy one!

  4. Katie Kosaya (@KatieKosaya) says:

    Wow! The nails are amazing! I didn’t know much about Cinco de Mayo (born and raised in Russia…), so I had to read about it last week, I’m up to speed now haha

    • AlleyHope says:

      Thank you! I liked this prompt because it seemed like a lot of people learnt something new,

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