Otago Daily Times

Cel­e­brat­ing Mex­i­can cul­ture

IN­VER­CARGILL

- LUISA GIRAO Higher Education · Mexico · Invercargill

THE colours and flavours of Mex­ico filled the South­ern In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy at the week­end.

The South­land Mul­ti­cul­tural Coun­cil pro­moted the event Mex­i­can Fiesta on Satur­day.

Co­or­gan­iser Ro­drigo Revilla said In­ver­cargill’s Mex­i­can com­mu­nity was grow­ing, so they de­cided to cre­ate the event to cel­e­brate their cul­ture.

‘‘As we have more and more peo­ple from the com­mu­nity liv­ing here, we de­cided to do the first Mex­i­can cel­e­bra­tion in In­ver­cargill.

‘‘I think we are 12 [Mex­i­can stu­dents at SIT] and this is a big num­ber for our com­mu­nity.’’

About 200 at­ten­dees tried the Mex­i­can flavours, cul­ture and tra­di­tional games, in­clud­ing a ‘‘chilli con­test’’ where peo­ple tried three tra­di­tional spicy sal­sas — mild, hot and su­per hot.

Mex­i­can na­tional Jorge Her­nan­dez has been liv­ing in In­ver­cargill for seven years, and said it was a great op­por­tu­nity to share their cul­ture with the com­mu­nity.

How­ever, he be­lieved the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple would only give the mild salsa a try, as he thought the su­per hot could be ‘‘too strong’’ for New Zealan­ders.

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 ?? PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO ?? Cel­e­bra­cion . . . In­ver­cargill fam­ily Ty­rone Tainui, Ty­tus (4), Sa­rina and Tin­gah (10) Faalol­ogo dress up for the South­land Mul­ti­cul­tural Coun­cil’s Mex­i­can Fiesta at the South­ern In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy on Satur­day.
PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO Cel­e­bra­cion . . . In­ver­cargill fam­ily Ty­rone Tainui, Ty­tus (4), Sa­rina and Tin­gah (10) Faalol­ogo dress up for the South­land Mul­ti­cul­tural Coun­cil’s Mex­i­can Fiesta at the South­ern In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy on Satur­day.

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