The 20th anniversary of “Luz de las Naciones” is now online

“Luz de las Naciones”, the celebration of Latin American culture, is now available to stream online. The annual event, presented by more than 500 volunteer performers in Salt Lake City through sponsorship by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ marked the occasion before a live audience of more than 13,000 Nov. 5 at the Temple Square Conference Center. “We are so grateful to everyone who shared their talents with us tonight, and to everyone who has over the past 20 years.”

Brother Soares addressed the predominantly Spanish-speaking audience in his native language. “‘Luz de las Naciones’ celebrated and continues to celebrate the rich Hispanic culture,” he said.

The conference center stage was filled with a bright display of dancers, musicians and a 200-person choir who presented a variety of performances from several Latin American countries, including Cuba, Ecuador, Puerto Rico , Honduras, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Colombia. The beloved songs featured at the celebration were ‘La Vida Es Un Carnaval’, ‘Candú’ and ‘México Lindo y Querido’.

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“We’re so far from our countries that it’s really fun to feel that connection,” said Ariana Abadia, who attended the live event. “We need that thing that can let us know that we’re not alone, and we’re together, we have a friend.”

Celebrating the event’s 20th anniversary with this year’s theme “Better Together” was especially fitting, Elder Soares said. “It’s so wonderful to be together again. This COVID has been so lonely and has kept people away from each other and we [of Latin American culture) love to be together. I think this means a lot for us, it’s the first time we [have met] together after COVID.

Due to the pandemic measures, virtual events took place at 2020 and 2021.

How to watch

“Luz de las Naciones” originally aired in Spanishbut English and Portuguese versions with subtitles are also available.

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