Estamos Unidas Latina Student Association celebrates Carnaval

Melvonia Taylor, Staff Writer

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Estamos Unidas Latina Student Association celebrated Carnaval with the Columbia College student body on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the student union.

“I wanted to know what was going on. I also wanted to interact with my peers here at Columbia College,” Shekia Garrett, first-year biology major, said.

Carnaval, or “Carnival,” is a Christian celebratory season that begins before the Christian season of Lent. Christians celebrate Carnaval with a public celebration involving dancing, masks and food.

“Carnaval is a celebration celebrated in many different countries and was started by the Roman Catholics,” Caitlyn Duffy, junior Spanish and speech language pathology major, said.

Line dances, music, food, masks and beads were incorporated, during Estamos Unidas LSA’s Carnaval celebration to assist in sharing the culture.  “With this program tonight, we want to educate the public about different cultures around the world,” Duffy said.

Estamos Unidas LSA is an association that “educates, not only Columbia College, but the community about the Hispanic culture. To be a member,  you do not have to major or minor in Spanish,” Ljubitca Fadic, junior biology major, said.

“I came out tonight to learn more about new cultures,” Roxie Brown, first-year speech language pathology major, said.


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