The celebration took place at Frog Fountain on Thursday, October 12, and featured a mariachi band, a dance instructor, food and a variety of booths. The booths included activities such as piñata building, face painting, a soccer goal and cultural trivia.
“I think it’s our way to promote the culture, just because we are a small group on campus,” Laura Ortega, a junior economics major and co-treasurer of the ULA said. “It’s our way to kind of spread awareness.”
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. It was officially enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1998. Earlier this month, the ULA hosted a loteria game night and a Stories of Success event, where a panel of four different people of Hispanic backgrounds working in four different professions spoke to students about their experiences as Latino college students.
“I think it’s good to kind of have tangible examples of culture, especially like the music going and all the food,” Jordan Cole, a junior English and education major said. “It attracts people to come and kind of experience the culture and see more than what they would just typically see on TV or if they read books.”
Ortega said that events like this that are out in the open with music and food can attract the attention of students and help the cultural celebration not go unnoticed.
Alex Avila, a junior child development major who attended the event, said it was a great time to socialize and learn more about different cultures.