Episode 65: Holiday events at MECA

Dive into the rich tapestry of Mexican holiday traditions at Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) with our latest podcast episode! Join the chat between host Blanca Quezada and Armando Silva, the newly appointed Executive Director of MECA, as they unveil two captivating, free events that promise to infuse your holiday season with vibrant cultural experiences.

Armando shares the details on the Guadalupana event scheduled for December 12, 2023, at 6:30 pm. Picture this: pre-Hispanic dance performances, musical delights, and a delightful spread of complimentary Mexican pastries and hot chocolate, creating an immersive celebration that will appeal to all your senses.

But the festive journey doesn’t end there! Armando also shares info on MECA’s La Posada on December 16, 2023, at 6:30 pm, set in the charming Old Sixth Ward. This event includes a reenactment of the journey to Bethlehem, culminating in a lively party featuring piñatas, tamales, candies, hot chocolate, Mexican pastries, and entertainment that promises to be a joyous affair for the entire family.

Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season with these unforgettable experiences that promise to create lasting memories. For additional details, check out https://www.meca-houston.org or call them at 713-802-9370.

Fiesta Guadalupana

Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at 6:30 pm

La Posada in Old Sixth Ward

Saturday, December 16, 2023, at 6:30 pm

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Timestamps (AI generated)

00:00 We are excited to welcome Armando back on the show, taking over from former director Alice Valdez, and we are looking forward to his fresh ideas for the organization.

05:24 Transition into a new role; founder’s support crucial for success.

07:40 Armando studied dance with great teachers in Houston since 1991, particularly grateful for partnering skills taught by Bill Henry and their application in professional work.

12:10 MECA was founded in a multicultural community at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, encompassing diverse ethnic groups, including Latinos, Mexicans, Mexican Americans, African Americans, Vietnamese, and Polish communities. The organization’s focus remains on fostering community through arts.

15:10 MECA celebrates Fiesta Guadalupana, honoring the patron saint of Mexico, La Virgen de Guadalupe, a cultural staple for Mexicans and Mexican Americans.

19:18 The Matachin dance is a traditional Mexican dance celebrated in December and indigenous in nature. It involves dancers wearing shells on their ankles, plumage on headdresses, and specific costumes unique to indigenous areas of Mexico. The dance is traditionally used to celebrate La Virgen de Guadalupe. The next step for MECA includes scholarly research to understand the origins of the dance and the mythological image associated with colonization.

22:15 The annual Posada event commemorates Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. It involves reenacting the journey through a neighborhood, seeking permission to stay in homes, and culminating in a celebration with traditional food and music.

24:37. The gathering is on Dec 16 at 6 PM at Dow School.

28:03 Volunteers are needed for daily maintenance and events at the facility, including pandemic-related activities and celebrations such as the Day of the Dead.

31:19 The city has faced natural disasters and seeks funding for an upcoming campaign.

33:29 Thank you for joining Spotlight Houston. Your support is appreciated. Please join me again soon, and feel free to share any show ideas or comments.

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