Photo By Leonard Kelley/Viking - LBCC students make piñatas using balloons and newspaper at the Hispanic heritage month event on Thursday, Sept. 26 in the Nordic Lounge at the LAC.
Photo By Leonard Kelley/Viking – LBCC students make piñatas using balloons and newspaper at the Hispanic heritage month event on Thursday, Sept. 26 in the Nordic Lounge at the LAC.

By Leonard Kelley / Staff Writer

LBCC’s Egalitaria club celebrated national Hispanic heritage month by hosting its first Hispanic heritage festival on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Nordic lounge on the LAC. The event was filled with “a festive Latino atmosphere,” organizers said.

Balloons decorated the room and dance music was provided by KCTY 107.7 FM.

Some students played live music on stage. Piñatas were made by students wrapping balloons with plaster. More than 30 musically enthused students took part in line-dancing and did their shimmy-shimmy. Jonathan Montalvo, 20, a fine arts major, said, “The event was a decent outcome of activities and references to Hispanic culture, but what really made the event was the communal feeling that comes with a large group of Latino Americans together.”

Andrea Escoto, 21, a criminal justice major, said, “I am celebrating that I am a very proud Mexican and that we invented tequila.” Hispanic heritage month begins Sept. 15 and marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18. Elisa Castillo, 21, a human development nursing major, said, “This event was amazing. I really enjoyed making the piñatas and listening to the music.” Daniel Robles, 18, a graphic design major, said, “It was the most fun day of the year. Amazing history, beautiful language, awesome food and drink is what makes the Hispanic culture unique.”