Hispanic Heritage Month Begins with a Fiesta

Evangelina Morales, Staff Reporter

This coming Sept. 14 the Serving Engaged Empowered and Diverse Students Office will host an event celebrating the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Hispanic cultures, languages, traditions, and acknowledge the presence of Hispanic and Latin American students at A&M – Commerce.

“Que Comience La Fiesta” is an event hosted in collaboration will different Hispanic and Latin American organizations on campus. Each organization is in charge of having a table with an educational activity for students to participate in.

“I think is important to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month because it’s a way to honor and recognize the Hispanic and Latin American people that have made a contribution in the United States.” sophomore Jackie Oyervides said.

Despite the fact that each organization is unique and different from each other their main objective is to expose TAMUC students to their Hispanic heritage. Some of the educational activities offered at the kickoff event include:

Omega Delta Phi: Aguas Frescas

Latino American Mentorship Program: Piñata and Loteria

Student Organization of Latinos: Photo Booth

Hispanic Student Association: Paper flowers and crowns

Phi Iota Alpha: Latin American flag face painting

R.O.S.A.S.: Aztec Math

Kappa Delta Chi: DIY piñata and its history

Mujeres en Accion: DIY Papel Picado

“I think is very important to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month so we do not forget where we come from and to represent the roots of our ancestors,” senior Luz Colunga said.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15 because it marks the independence day of five Latin American countries: El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Furthermore, Mexico celebrates its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile celebrates theirs on Sept. 18. Additionally, Oct. 9 is Columbus Day as well as Dia de la Raza, or Day of the Race.

“I think it is important to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to share our heritage with those who do not know about our history and for those who are Hispanic or Latino descendants to remember where we came from and to learn in more about our culture,” senior Sandra Rios said.

The kickoff event will begin at 6 p.m. and will go on until 9 p.m. at the amphitheater.

“They should come and check it out and have fun, the event is not Latino/Hispanic exclusive.” Rios said. “The event is about getting to know a different culture and just have a good time among peers in unity”

In addition to “Que Comience La Fiesta,” various Hispanic and Latin American organizations on campus will host events throughout Hispanic Heritage Month.