News Release

In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Donning sombreros, celebrants of Hispanic Heritage Month - professor included — gathered for a Piņata Party on October 10 and took aim at piņatas hung from the trees on campus.

The event, coordinated by Marisol Miron '10 of Chicago, Illinois, was sponsored by the College's office of ethnic diversity.

"The event gave everyone the opportunity to be actively involved in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, have fun, and relieve some stress," said Miron.

The activity of breaking a piņata has replaced the old pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game at children's birthday parties. The concept of the piņata is said to have originated in China but in the 16th century, Spanish missionaries used it for religious instruction.

The original design was a sphere with seven projecting cones (seven deadly sins) that blindfolded participants (believers with blind faith) broke with a stick (virtue) and collected candy and fruit (reward).

Hispanic Heritage Month, which began September 15, marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. (In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.) The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race.

Click here for a photo gallery of the festivities.

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