Fiestas Patrias Jamaica helps Hispanic community reconnect with heritage

Fiestas Patrias Jamaica helps Hispanic community reconnect with heritage

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Dozens came out to celebrate Fiestas Patrias Jamaica at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Wichita Falls on Saturday. It is a festival that celebrates Latin culture and raises money to renovate the church.

The festival is held every year on Mexican Independence day, September 15.

"It helped me embrace who I am, where I came from and I am grateful for this country for being part of it and letting us be able to celebrate our culture," Mary Aranda a member of the church said.

She said it helped her reconnect with her Hispanic heritage.

"When I was younger, I was more quiet," Aranda said. "I wasn't as happy to celebrate it. As you get older, you come into who you really are. So for me, in my family, it's really important to celebrate our culture."
"I think the Jamaica gives us the opportunity to reunite with all our brothers and sisters, have a great time and to celebrate the Independencia in September, not only the Mexicans but all the Americans as well," Jessica Barron a member of the church said.

Barron grew up in the church, was baptized there and has attended the festival every year. She said she can now share that tradition with her children.

"I think it's a great pleasure to show my kids our heritage," Barron said.

The event organizers said they hope to raise at least $50,000 to renovate their church.

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