The Director of the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg, TX, Leticia S. Leija received the prestigious Ohtli Award during a reception held at the Consulate of Mexico in McAllen. The Ohtli Award is the highest honor bestowed on a member of the Mexican or Mexican-American community. This award acknowledges and celebrates the recipient’s commitment to uplifting the Mexican culture and traditions as well as for their vision and impact.
The Mexican government has designated that Ms. Leija’s promotion of the culture and traditions of Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley have established her as the point of contact in the organization of cultural events and artisan fairs in the region. Ms. Leija, as Director of Library and Cultural Arts for the City of Edinburg has established under her guidance various annual events, such as; The three day Cinco de Mayo Weekend Celebration, Fridafest, a festival in celebration of Mexican Artist, Frida Kahlo and Danzonfest, a celebration of the traditional danzon and the Christmas play and festival, La Pastorela. This year, the South Texas International Film Festival and Los Muertos Bailan: a Dia de los Muertos Celebration, two additional events done in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in McAllen will be incorporated as annual festivals in the City of Edinburg.
The award which consists of a medallion, silver rosette, and a diploma signed by the President of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME), symbolizes the opening of roads for the well-being of the Mexican community abroad. Ohtli is a náhuatl word that means “good path” or “straight path” and symbolizes the sincere appreciation of the Government of Mexico to the outstanding career of those receiving it.