2016 has been an election year like no other. With soundbites abound from Presidential candidate Donald Trump including disparaging comments about Mexicans, it has been a particularly hurtful and difficult year in the media for our friends and loved ones of Mexican heritage. Thus, as a young leader with a platform I found it of great importance to recognize ands celebrate the accomplishments of the Mexican-American community at La Guelaguetza Festival 2016.
Featuring traditional sumptuous Mexican fresh homemade Mexican cuisine, Mexican traditional art, cultural crafts and products, historical and geographical information about Mexico, live performances, breathtakingly opulent elaborate costumes and much more, La Guelaguetza is an wonderful part of the rich and ancient history of the indigenous Mexican people which dates back to pre-Columbian times. From www.mexonline.com:
“The famous Guelaguetza festival is held each July in the Mexican state of Oaxaca (WA-HA-KA). Also known locally as ‘Los Lunes del Cerro’ (Mondays on the Hill), this celebration takes place on two consecutive mondays. A beautiful cultural event dating back hundreds of years, this festival attracts visitors from around the world.
Participants from the seven different regions of the state gather in the capital city, also named Oaxaca, to dance, sing and play music. This cultural exchange is a visually stunning exhibit of color and movement. The dancers and musicians wear clothing representative of their district. Their costumes, decorated with ribbons and bells, add a wonderful presence to the festivities.
In addition to folkloric dance and song, the cultural exchange extends to culinary delights. Regional food specialties are featured, enchanting the taste buds with exquisite flavors. Oaxaca is internationally known amongst food connoisseurs as having exceptionally delicious cuisine. Tantalizing Oaxacan dishes typically feature exotic mole (MO-LAY) sauces accompanied by fragrant aromas.
The roots of the Guelaguetza festival call upon pre-Columbian traditions that have existed for millennium. Indeed, the word ‘guelaguetza’ hails from the Zapotec Indian language and means an offering or gift. Included in the translation is the concept of an exchange, or an act of reciprocity. Guelaguetza was woven into the area’s indigenous cultures as a form of social etiquette and expectation. Its practice benefited everyone involved.”
I WAS PROUD TO STAND WITH MANY DECORATED COMMUNITY LEADERS/PUBLIC FIGURES TO RECOGNIZE & CELEBRATE THE IMPORTANCE & THE GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS OF MEXICO & THOSE OF MEXICAN HERITAGE not only to the world at large but to the United States DIRECTLY!!! From the wondrous Mayan Empire & its innovations to the rich cultural heritage of Mexico, they have been a force since the dawn of modern man. Although some “politicians” have unfortunately made grossly incorrect & irresponsible statements regarding Mexico & those of Mexican descent, NOT ALL OF US WITH A PLATFORM ARE SO IGNORANT! THE UNITED STATES ITSELF WAS BUILT OFF THE SACRIFICES & ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE MEXICAN COMMUNITY INCLUDING THEIR OWN LAND AS MOST OF THE WESTERN UNITED STATES WAS ANNEXED FROM MEXICO! MEXICAN HISTORY IS AMERICAN HISTORY & WE DON’T NEED TO “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” WE CAN CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TOWARDS A BRIGHT FUTURE AS IT IS ALREADY GREAT THANKS TO THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MEXICO & THOSE OF MEXICAN HERITAGE! WE SALUTE THE MEXICAN COMMUNITY FROM ALL ETHNICITIES & WALKS OF LIFE AS WE COME TOGETHER TO SAY MUCHAS GRACIAS Y VIVA MÉXICO! AMO A LOS MEXICANOS! BESITOS, FAFA 🇲🇽❤️🌹