Mothers of the children at Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County were treated to a mariachi band Friday as the club celebrated one of the most important holidays in Latino culture.
"For Latinos that live in the United States for years, or for the kids that were born in the United States, they need to know what are the special days in all cultures," said Maria Avila, the club’s Latin Outreach Coordinator.
The afternoon celebration of Mother’s Day was fit for a full-on fiesta. Mothers were treated to red roses, gifts, games and music.
The approximately 250 children present at the celebration had a hard time sitting still when the band played "The Chicken Dance." Avila said she expected about 150 parents to show up for the food, which included hamburgers, hot dogs and tacos, along with games and raffles.
"This is a special day for everybody," Avila said. "Not only for the mothers, but for kids, too."
Ten-year-old Christopher Santos soaked up the sounds of the mariachi.
"It’s kind of amazing," Santos said.
During the week, Santos said he learned that he needed to honor his hard-working mother, who could not come to the celebration because she was at work.
Santos drew his mother a "pretty good" picture of a heart for Mother’s Day, and said he had plenty of reason to.
"She’s pretty. She’s awesome. She’s helpful, and she’s very, yeah, very pretty," Santos said.
Avila said she wanted the kids to learn the importance of treating their mothers with respect. Earlier in the week, the kids helped make tissue paper flowers for the party.
In Latino culture, the flowers are a symbol of respect, love and peace and are given to "the people who gave us life," Avila said.
"We need to understand we have something special in our life, because if we don’t have that person in our life — we can’t live without them," Avila said.