North Celebrates Mexican Independence Day

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Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.)  held its annual Mexican Independence Day Celebration on Sept. 15 during lunch in front of the arcade. This celebration is the first event M.E.Ch.A. has hosted this year.

“During the summer the M.E.Ch.A. executives met and began talking about what we could do to set the tone for the rest of the year. We understood Mexican Independence Day was our very first event we would be hosting. For being the first event that we put on I felt like it was very successful and set the tone for our upcoming events such as Dia de Los Muertos and Cinco de Mayo,” said senior Alyssa Leyva.

The festival was intended to demonstrate the importance of Mexican Independence Day and expose North students to Hispanic cultures and traditions.

“It’s good to stay in touch with your roots and family heritage, [including] being able to embrace where you come from and not be embarrassed or afraid of it …You [never] really hear or learn about Hispanic or Latino history in books. [That’s why] days like this are important because it’s finally a day to celebrate where we come from,” said junior Sarah Godinez.

The celebration included a variety of different performances that embraced Hispanic culture. The Ballet Folklorico performed a traditional dance from Jalisco before the International Dance performed a modern piece that incorporated styles of music and dance that were not completely traditional. Leyva and junior Jennifer Ayala also performed a more upbeat and complex dance from Baja California.

“I was honored to be dancing alongside my partner Jennifer. The dance we did was from the Baja California region of Mexico and was different from what people are used to seeing. The dance was meant to bring a more upbeat attitude and make people clap and dance around. I love dancing [with] this region because hearing people cheer, dance and clap is one of the best feelings in the world,” said Leyva.

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North Celebrates Mexican Independence Day