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De Colores

De Colores (literally ‘Made of colours’) is a Mexican folk song often sung at fiestas, on public holidays and labour union rallies. The song is also popular choice of Mexican schools. There are many different versions of the song according to who’s singing it and where they are from. De Colores has been covered many times by singers and groups including Los Lobos, Joan Baez, Raffi and Nana Mouskouri.

You can listen to a version of De Colores here.

De Colores (lyrics in English)

De Colores the fields love to dress in all during the springtime
De Colores
De Colores the birds have their clothing that comes every season
De Colores
De Colores the rainbow is vested across the blue sky
De Colores and so must all love be
of many bright colors
to make my heart cry
De Colores and so must all love be
of many bright colors
to make my heart cry

Sings the rooster
Sings the rooster with his kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri
And the cluck hen with her cara cara cara cara cara
And the baby chicks
And the baby chicks with their pio pio pio pio pi
De Colores and so must all love be
of many bright colors
to make my heart cry
De Colores and so must all love be
of many bright colors
to make my heart cry.

However, you don’t have to sing at Cactus Cantina’s Cinco de Mayo celebration: just bring your friends and have a good time! (Find more details on our Cinco de Mayo event page).

Mexico’s real independence day!

Many people still think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s independence day. However, Cinco de Mayo actually celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on 5 May 1862, which took place some 40 years after the war independence had been won!

Mexican’s love to commemorate famous battles and their war heroes. And they love to party! So, perhaps its no surprise that two of Mexico’s biggest fiestas commemorate military victories: Cinco de Mayo marking the unexpected victory against the French forces of Napoleon and the earlier El Grito de Dolores (the Cry of Dolores), celebrating the beginning of Mexico’s war of independence on 16 September 1810.

There is also Heroica Defensa de Veracruz, on April 21st, remembering the valiant defense against the U.S. military occupation of the port city of Veracruz in 1914. Then we have Día de los Niños Héroes on 13 September celebrating the Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican–American War of 1847 and the heroic teenage military cadets who died defending Mexico City’s Chapultepec Castle against invading U.S. forces. And then there is Consumación de la Independencia on September 27th, which commemorates the end of the war of independence in 1821.

This month at Cactus Cantina we’re celebrating Día de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day) or El Grito de Dolores (the Cry of Dolores). El Grito was the patriotic speech of Roman Catholic priest and revolutionary leader Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla announcing the start of the Mexican War of Independence to his congregation and revolutionary comrades in the church of the small town of Dolores.

These days El Grito de Dolores, begins on the night of September 15th with the Mexican president and government officials in towns and cities all over Mexico delivering a version of Hidalgo’s famous speech. The following day, September 16th, is a fiesta patria (patriot festival) marked by street parades, marching bands and fiestas.

You can help us celebrate El Grito de la Indepedencia on Tuesday 16 September (6pm ’till midnight) at Cactus Cantina! It’s going to be fun and our lime margaritas are just AED 25 each all night!

¡Viva Hidalgo!

¡Viva la Independencia Nacional!

¡Viva México!

Diners are advised to reserve a table in advance. Just call +971 4 3574441 or email us at reservations@cactuscantinadubai.com.

Día de San Patricio!

That’s right, we’re celebrating Día de San Patricio (Saint Patrick’s Day) at Cactus Cantina on March 17th! “But why?”, you may ask! What’s Saint Patrick’s Day got to do with Mexico? Well, here’s the story…

Saint Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in Mexico for many years in honour of the foreign soldiers who fought for Mexico against the U.S.A. during the 1846-48 Mexican-American War. The foreign soldiers (most of them recent immigrants to America), were organised into an army battalion called the San Patricios, led by an Irish soldier called John Patrick Riley.

Although the battalion included Canadian, English, French, Italian, Polish, Scottish, Spanish and Swiss soldiers, the largest complement of men consisted of Irish and German immigrants and the name ‘San Patricios’ stuck. To this day Mexicans celebrate Día de San Patricio, not only to honour Saint Patrick, but also the foreign war heroes of the San Patricios battalion.

Of course, Mexicans also like a good excuse to have a party! Join us at Cactus Cantina on Monday 17 March to help us celebrate Día de San Patricio and you can order our lime margaritas or Heineken bottled beer for just AED 25. As they say in Ireland, sláinte!

Diners are advised to reserve a table in advance. Just call +971 4 3574441 or email us at reservations@cactuscantinadubai.com.

Al fresco dining!

Cactus Cantina Outdoor TerraceThe UAE’s cooler Winter/Spring season is here and it’s time to make the most of the beautiful weather!

After months of staying indoors for just about every activity to avoid the summer heat, spending time in the fresh air is, well, refreshing and eating outdoors is a real treat! Now you can dine al fresco at Cactus Cantina!

Our fantastic outdoor terrace is open for lunch and dinner, so you can enjoy a great meal outdoors. Order from our extensive modern Mexican menu and enjoy the fresh air and the pleasant view of the WAFI Pyramids gardens (by night, of course, you have the stars).

Due to high demand for terrace seating during the Winter season, we recommend that you reserve a table in advance (just give us call on +971 4 3574441 or email us at reservations@cactuscantinadubai.com). Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Welcome aboard Tequila Flights!

Feeling adventurous? Try one of Cactus Cantina's tequila flights!Despite enduring references to Mexican bandits getting drunk on cheap tequila in the movies and the ever popular Margarita, tequila has a rich history and Mexico distills many fine tequilas that rival the best malt whiskies and brandies in their smoothness, complexity of flavours and aroma.

Tequila is distilled from the blue agave tequiliana, a particular type of cactus (in fact, the very cactus you can find in the middle of the Cactus Cantina logo!). Jose Cuervo is believed to be the first distiller to commercialise tequila production and sales in the 17th century. Since then, many fine tequila distilleries have established themselves, making a wide variety of different tequilas.

There are four type of tequila:
Blanco (or Silver) tequila
Gold (or Joven) tequila
Reposado tequila (aged or ‘rested’ for a number of months)
Añejo Tequila (aged for a minimum of one year)

As with whiskies and brandies, the longer the tequila is aged for, the more valuable it is. At Cactus Cantina, we store more than 20 different types of tequila from the regular Blanco tequilas right through to some of Mexico’s finest añejo tequilas.

Eager to learn more? Then Cactus Cantina Tequila Flights could be an enjoyable and educational experience for you! Choose one of our Tequila Flights from the menu and taste a selection of different tequilas from a variety of Mexican distilleries. Read more about Tequila Flights here or ask your server.

Welcome to the new Cactus Cantina website!

Welcome to the new Cactus Cantina website! Thanks for visiting us!

Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be sharing more news, events and updates about Dubai’s famous Cactus Cantina, so please come back to this site often.

If we haven’t seen you for a while, you may not know that Cactus is now located at Wafi, adjacent to the Pyramids at Wafi. We have a brand new restaurant and a lovely terrace for the cooler winter weather. There’s also plenty going on nearby with plenty of other bars, restaurants and entertainment a short walk way.

Looking forward to seeing you at Cactus real soon!

Cactus Cantina opens at Wafi

Valerie and Rudy Rivas

Dubai’s Gulf News took some nice pics of our opening night! Click here to see them all.