The Latinx Center closed Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting a closing ceremony in the USU Ballroom on October 16.
The event was not exclusive to Hispanic students, welcoming students from all walks of life to enjoy live shows, traditional games, and food.
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the Hispanic community from North America to South America. The closing ceremony gave the Latinx Center and its members the opportunity to be heard and display their unique traditions with the campus community, such as folk dancing.
Chanel Tran, a freshman at CSUSM, said her friend introduced her to the event and that as an Asian student she learned about Latin heritages: dances, games and food.
Raquel Coronado, Leadership Ambassador for the Latinx Center, presented the Day of the Dead event to be held on October 28 at 9 a.m. The holiday is a cultural event dating back to the pre-Hispanic traditions of the Aztecs.
Day of the Dead is one of three days in which Mexican culture celebrates its deceased ancestors through rituals, offerings, and an altar. The Latinx Center made their own altar, which can be seen on the third floor of the USU in front of their office.
Celebrating Heritage Month has become a staple of the Latinx community at CSUSM.
âI’ve been at Cal State San Marcos for three years. Every year we celebrate Heritage Month with Latino students and their families between September 15 and October 15, since I was the director of Latino Faith. Now we have programs throughout the year to celebrate our culture and our roots. We will use music and art through cultural dialogues to present the history of the community, âsaid Latino Latinx Center director Dr. Renzo Lara.
âHeritage Month is coming to an end, so we have invited the group live, invited families, friends and siblings of the students to come together as a community to celebrate their culture and heritage,â said Lara.
Gustavo Alcoser, the lead singer of Jarabe Mexicana, performed songs with high notes and long duration that made many listeners applaud. The group was filled with energy as they danced with the singer and invited the audience to participate.
âLatinos used to participate in National Hispanic Heritage Month because the tradition was respectful within their society,â said Alcoser.
Despite the appreciation of Latin traditions, COVID-19 has made it difficult for crowds to gather and celebrate their customs. Nonetheless, Alcoser hopes other events will take place after the pandemic.
After several performances, the participants went to the service section to eat freshly prepared pupusas filled with different proteins: chicken, pork or cheese. Pupusa is molded in a round vessel with corn flour and commonly eaten with meat and beans in El Salvador.
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The night was a worthwhile cultural experience. While you might have to wait a year to experience the next Hispanic Heritage Month, students are encouraged to attend Latinx Center events year round.
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