Latino culture’s diversity celebrated

ROCHESTER — The diversity of the Latino culture came through loud and clear during an Oct. 5 presentation on Spain, the motherland of the Spanish language.

As it turns out, the country is home to three other languages spoken in different regions — Euskera, Catalan and Galician, according to presenters during the 11th-annual Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day held at the Memorial Art Gallery."

Unai Anton said that the Basque language, Euskera, is completely different from other languages, and language standards were developed as recently as 1978.

"I’m sure you’ve never heard a language like this," he said.

The variety found in traditional and contemporary Latino dances also was featured prominently in the Family Day’s closing event, a showcase of performers representing Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chile and Cuba.

"I hope you have a newfound education and have learned a lot about the diversity of the Latino culture," Debora McDell-Hernández, the museum’s coordinator of community programs and outreach, said during the finale.

Evelin Echevarria, whose daughter was featured on Rochester’s Hispanic Heritage Month poster, said that such cultural events are beneficial for the entire community.

"It’s great," she said during the Sept. 15 kick-off ceremony at City Hall. "It shows other cultures our culture."

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