Every year, September 15 begins Hispanic Heritage Month, a time where the many influences of the Hispanic culture is celebrated. According to the US Census, as of July 2014 roughly 14.99 million Latinos live in California alone. So many people living with similar cultural backgrounds, makes learning about the culture even more important.
On Wednesday October 4, the Highland Sam J. Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center hosted an event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with crafts, face painting, Baile Folklorico, and an opportunity drawing for a new tablet!
One of the many crafts available was, “Papel Picado” or “cut paper” which is a decorative Mexican craft cut into many designs, similar to a paper snowflake. The library had banners of Papel Picado strung along the walls and ceilings. Along with the crafts, the library had face painter Emily from Full Spectrum Entertainment & Events. She would airbrush the designs to make colorful characters for free. To end the event, the library held an opportunity drawing where one lucky patron would win a new Tablet! In order to get entered into the drawing, visitors got one free ticket every 15 items checked out. The more you read, the more chances you get!
One of the most loved traditions is Baile Folklorico or “folkloric dancing.” This is the traditional type of Mexican dance which is often recognized by the girls in large skirts, colorful clothing and complex footwork. Pictured left, dancers from Ballet Folklorico Tierra Flor y Canto dance company based in Fontana end their performance of “Los Machetes.” Los Machetes features the Machete, a common tool in Mexico. The men of the dance each carry 2 knives and “show off” their skills to the women. For more information about Baile Folklorico, Ballet Folklorico Tierra Flor Y Canto can be contacted at 909 899 3498. For anyone ages 4 and up!