This year's Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township is yet another departure from our usual practice of examining one particular country. ¡Viva! Coming Together is a celebration of one of the fastest growing demographic groups in our community, people of Latino/Hispanic heritage.
As we are a tremendously diverse community, an in-depth look at Latino/as will be exciting as well as educational. It is, indeed, a challenge to bring you an overview of the Latino community, which includes Mexico, Central America, South America, the Latin American and Caribbean Islands, and Spain. Members of the Coming Together committee, many of whom are Latino/as who work and live in Niles Township, have been working very hard to give you a taste of the many riches Latino culture offers.
Over the past 400 years, Latinos have been influenced by Pre-Columbian cultures,notably in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay; European colonial culture of Spain, Portugal, and France is reflected in literature, painting, and music. African immigrants have also influenced music, dance, cuisine, and religion in countries such as the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Panama, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico. And, Chinese, Indian, Filipino and Japanese immigration has influenced the culture of Brazil, Cuba, Panama, and Peru in their cuisine, art, traditions, and music. There is a great deal for all of us to learn.
¡Viva! Coming Together offers a wide range of activities throughout Niles Township, including Skokie, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, and Niles. Programs offer singing, dancing, food, and a look at Latino history and life in Latino countries as well as in the United States. We hope you will join us at our opening ceremonies at Niles West High School, at 1 p.m. on January 31, 2016, and at the many events that will take place over the following weeks. This booklet is your guide to this year's activities. For more details, or updates, please go to www.comingtogether.in.
We invite you to join us!