Experiencing Mexico through music, dance and stories

Experiencing Mexico through music, dance and stories

Shouting, loud music and singing usually aren’t commonplace at the East Chicago Public Library (ECPL).

But the recent Mexico en la Piel celebration of Mexican culture included all of the above, and no one seemed to mind. No compatible source was found for this media.

Held in conjunction with the library’s observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, the program featured a special presentation by Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo and other local talents. Community Leader and local radio personality Eve Gomez served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

“Translated, Mexico en la Piel means Mexico in your skin,” she said. “To have something in your skin is close to the English saying for something to be in your blood.”

In the crowd of more than 150 visitors was Patrica Garcia-Jackson and her children, Ricardo, 12, and Rosalinda, 10.

“My family is still in Mexico, so my kids aren’t able to see many of the events I did while I was growing up,” Mom said. “So, it’s wonderful that they can see some of it here at the library.”

Many other audience members agreed that keeping a family’s customs and traditions alive are of utmost importance to both adults and children.“I miss the fiestas we used to have in Mexico,” said Francisco Munoz of Chicago, who is visiting his brother in East Chicago. “When I heard about this celebration, I knew we had to come. Hearing this music is […]


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