Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in many ways in the Roanoke area since September 15. The festivities will continue through October 15 and this weekend something special will be available.
Hispanic Heritage Festival adds something new
The Hispanic Heritage Festival will return to Downtown Roanoke on Saturday and a highlight will be quinceañera a coming-of-age tradition for 15-year-old Latino/Hispanic girls. Many cultures have traditions such as the Jewish Bar Mitzvah which is for 13-year-old boys to celebrate their becoming men. A quinceañera is similar to an American cotillion, Debutante ball, coming out party or a sweet 16.
Saturday, October 8th will be the first time the Roanoke community will have the opportunity to learn more about this celebration. Families will be able to see the dances and learn about not only a quinceañera but also other Hispanic traditions. The Hispanic Heritage Festival will take place during the Local Colors Hispanic Heritage Festival which is from noon until 3:00 pm Saturday at the Wells Fargo Plaza in Downtown Roanoke.
Quinceañera will be highlighted
Marina Trejo owner of Dream Dance and Fitness Studio, LLC says her business is one of several that will be participating in this cultural event. She also revealed that everything from the dresses to the dances has a special historical meaning related to Hispanic culture. Trejo added that the Quinceañera "has been in our culture for thousands of years and it is something that we want to keep alive. And me personally being able to help the Hispanic families in our community to help them and encourage them to continue this for many, more, and many, many more years it’s a pleasure to me."