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UTSA's Piñata Bash

 

Latino Heritage Month is celebrated September 15th through October 15th. The Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion will host, in collaboration with other departments, several events and programs to honor Latino culture and heritage. .

This year the Piñata Bash will take place at the Paseo on Thursday, October 8th at 12 p.m. During this event there will be six giant piñatas filled with candy and prizes that students will be able to break open

For Some history about the piñata is that it would usually only be seen at a religious celebration and carried a lot of symbolism. Today, although still sometimes used for many religious celebrations, it is mostly used for fun at many secular celebrations. Piñatas are very popular in Mexico during Las Posadas, which is the traditional processions that bring in the Christmas season and also at birthday parties. While trying to break the piñatas people usually sing songs.

Traditionally, the piñatas are filled with both candies and fruit such as guavas, oranges, peanuts, sugar canes. There are also other piñatas called traps that are filled with just flour or confetti. Today Piñatas have become a popular addition to children's birthday parties in many Latin-American countries like Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Panama.

For more information about the event or to request an accommodation, contact the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion at (210) 458-4770 or University Center Suite 2.01.04, Main Campus.

Pinata Bash

 


 

UTSA's Latino Heritage Banquet

 

Latino Heritage

Ann Margaret Trujillo, Associate Director, Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion

Latino Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 through October 15th.  The Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion will host, in collaboration with other departments, several events and programs to honor Latino culture and heritage.  2015 will mark the 8th Annual Latino Heritage Banquet which will take place October 15th at 6:00 p.m. in the HEB University Center Ballroom.

Since March 2015, a UTSA committee made up of student leaders has come together to plan the event and identify themes and performances of interest to showcase for this year's banquet.  The students have put in time and effort to select the components of Latino culture and heritage they want to see highlighted as part of one of the final Latino heritage month UTSA events.

The lineup for this year's UTSA Latino Heritage Banquet includes a student performance, a keynote address, dinner inspired by Latino cuisine, presentation of the Outstanding Latino/a Student Leadership Award, and a dance. Tickets are now on sale at Roadrunner Express ($10 for UTSA students, $15 for non-students).  Seating is limited so tickets should be purchased early!

"One of the most beautiful things in life is the diversity of our community. To be able to come together to celebrate cultural understanding in a great experience! "

- Jaleen McKee, Mixed/Bi-Racial, Junior, Communication

For more information about the event or to request an accommodation, contact the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion at (210) 458-4770 or University Center Suite 2.01.04, Main Campus.