Día del Niño, or Day of the Child, has been celebrated annually in Mexico since 1925 and now it will be a tradition here in Colusa.
The Colusa librarians hosted an event that they intend to be the first of many. On April 30, outside the front of the library, families congregated to listen to Williams High School’s mariachi band open up the celebration.
After the serenade, the crowd filtered inside the library for a flurry of color as dancers from Folklorico Latino de Woodland dance troupe twirled around in traditional dress.
One of the toe-tapping songs included “Los Machetes,” a folk dance from the Jalisco region of Mexico, performed with actual machetes.
Transitioning into story time, Gabriela Silva, youth services coordinator, read in English and Spanish so all the children involved could enjoy the story. As the library family story time includes crafts, children and their caregivers were invited to create maracas with recycled plastic Easter eggs, filled with dry beans, and plastic spoons taped on for a handle.
Folklorico Latino de Woodland dance troupe closed up the night with an encore performance. Dancer Sara Rodriguez has been dancing since she was able to walk.
“My mom was my first dance instructor,” said Rodriguez, who now teaches dance to young students.
In Mexico, April 30 is not an official holiday but it is celebrated with favorite foods, games, music, activities, and sometimes the children receive presents.
Santiago Lopez, 7, said his favorite part was “when they started dancing with the skirts and stuff and all the beautiful colors.”
The evening held many activities for families.
“I liked all the parts,” Evelyn Reynoso, 7, claimed.
Thanks to a grant, the library staff have extra incentive to bring this festivity to Colusa for many years to come, officials said. ■