Hispanic Heritage Month (Updated)

October 4, 2019

We are continuing to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This week, Bomba dancer and drummer, Sarai and Julio, performed for our students during their lunch period and some even joined in on the fun! They spoke on the different instruments used in Bomba, rhythms, and of course, dancing!


What is Bomba? Bomba is a traditional dance from the island of Puerto Rico. It is a dialogue between the dancer and the drummer. Bomba started after the 1500s in the Puerto Rico, originally in Mayaguez, Ponce, Loiza, Santurce, and Guyama. Many people see Bomba as a healing activity that bring joy to the soul! Bomba is also danced during celebrations to commemorate the Puerto Rican culture.


September 20, 2019

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

AFSE is celebrating this year by sharing some of our own cultures and traditions. We are also honoring El Dia de los Muertos, typically celebrated Oct 31 - Nov 2, with our own AFSE ofrenda.

Students are encouraged to wear traditional clothing or celebrate their cultures and share it with the community. We will continue to celebrate and honor Hispanic culture throughout the month. If you have any ideas or know of any fun activities that we can participate in, please contact  Ms. Cameron at acameron@afsenyc.org.


National Hispanic Heritage Month

What is an ofrenda?