High School Latin Event Celebrates Culture, Music, Food & Customs | education

Dancers dressed in brightly colored costumes graced the stage of the Halifax County High School auditorium Thursday night as the aroma of homemade tamales and empanadas wafted from tables of food awaiting guests in the lobby.

The occasion was the celebration of the fifth annual “Latin Day” at the school. The first “Latin Day” was held at Halifax County High in 2016, and the school took a three-year hiatus from the program from 2020-22 due to COVID-19. This year, more than 100 Spanish 2 and Spanish 3 students in Sandra López and Ion Imbachi’s classes participated in Hispanic Day by performing to a full audience and cooking authentic dishes served in Spanish-speaking countries.

Griselda Coronado, one of the coordinators of the Hispanic Day celebration at Halifax County High School, shows off the homemade Spanish food offerings at the celebration Thursday night.

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A girl wearing a red quinceanera dress surrounded by her court of honor, showing the Latin American celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday, symbolizing her transition from girl to woman, is part of a Hispanic Day program Thursday night at Halifax County High School Auditorium.

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A celebration of Latin American Dance Day at Halifax County High School Thursday night featured traditional dances from various Latin American countries.

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Students in the Spanish program at Halifax County High School wave flags from various Spanish-speaking countries as part of the Latino Day program Thursday night at Halifax County High School.

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Guests at Thursday night’s Latin Day celebration at Halifax County High School enjoy homemade Spanish dishes such as tamales and empanadas.

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