Oscar Torres-Gomez with his daughter Isabella Torres-Gomez and Mariam Casas. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

As an indication of Bendigo’s increasing cultural diversity there will be a special celebration this year of Mexico’s Independence Day.

For a rich and happy day of immersing yourself in all things Mexican, Hispanos Unidos de Victoria is inviting members of the public to enjoy a celebration of music, dancing, food, games, pinatas and mariachis music.

While Bendigo has a population of 20 to 30 people who speak Spanish many representatives of the Hispanic community have been invited from Melbourne to help the locals enjoy the displays, costumes, dancing, singing and food.

President of Hispanos Unidos de Victoria, Oscar Torres-Gomez said the purpose of the event was to promote, foster and provide a richer understanding about the cultures of Spanish speaking countries.

“We hope to do this by providing opportunities for individuals of Hispanic background to come together and share traditions, customs and language,” he said.

Mr Gomez said Hispanos Unidos de Victoria was committed to understanding cultural and religious differences and generally supporting multiculturalism.

“The event will be family friendly,” Mr Gomez said.

“We would love to see many Bendigo people participate in the fun.”

The celebration of Mexico’s independence will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Myers Street, Bendigo, on Saturday, September 15, 5pm–10pm. Adults $10, concessions $7, children $5.

Tickets can be booked by emailing Hispanos Unidos de Victoria at hispanosunidosvic@gmail.com.