Olivieri said she was excited to see people show off their heritage and explain their history to the attendees of the event. People enjoyed the music, food and fun of the different cultures, she said.
“I think people are happy knowing people from other countries,” Olivieri said.
After the celebration, many of the participants and attendees gathered for a showing of 'Latino Americans,' a documentary that highlights the contributions of Latin Americans to North America. The six-part series will be airing an episode every Thursday through the month. Initially aired on PBS, the documentary series was intended to educate attendees on what Latin American history looks like.
Meghan Davis, program assistant manager for the Orange County Department on Aging, said she wanted to showcase Hispanic heritage across the county.
“Chapel Hill is very diverse. With these programs, we want to make sure we are offering culturally diverse programs and events,” she said.
She said that, in recognizing the importance of Hispanic heritage in America, she encourages all people, especially non-Hispanic people, to engage in Hispanic Heritage Month.
“It gives a chance for other participants to learn about other cultures,” Davis said in regards to other events offered this month.
On Thursdays throughout the month, the Seymour Center will be hosting various activities in Spanish for Orange County residents who are over sixty years old. Offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., these events include socialization, exercise, relaxing activities and opportunities to learn new skills.
On Oct. 30, the Seymour Center is planning to host 'Hand Painted Sugar Skull Cookie Workshop,' an event where people can learn about the Day of the Dead while hand-painting their own sugar cookies.