The late Selena Quintanilla’s legacy has continued to live on thanks to her devoted fans and it looks like she’s going to be getting even more recognition very soon. According to the Houston Chronicle, Texas is looking to introduce a new bill that aims to make Selena’s birthday — April 16 — an official state holiday and we’re over the roof excited about this!
Considering how loved Selena still is these days — by the Latinx community especially — it’s nuts this hasn’t happened already. It’s about time a law like this gets passed and what better day than on her birthday?
“April 16 is Selena Quintanilla Perez Day in memory of the contributions to Tejano music of Selena Quintanilla Perez, an award-winning singer and recording artist,” a bill authored by Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos (D- 102) reads.
The bill which was filed on Tuesday has to be voted out of the house committee. If it does then it would be voted on by the house and move on to the senate and then the governor. According to The Chronicle, if it goes through, the bill wouldn’t go into effect until September 1, 2019. In other words, Selena’s official holiday wouldn’t happen this coming April — but the following. We’ll still take it though.
Either way, I’m just glad to hear that Selena is being recognized in this way. She holds such a special place in so many people’s hearts and not just for Latinxs. Country singer and songwriter Kacey Musgraves’ is apparently a huge fan and recently did a cover to Selena’s “Como La Flor.” The Tejano singer has inspired a number of celebs including Texas-native Beyonce, Drake, Big Sean, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, Katy Perry — even Whitney Houston!
Selena’s widow Chris Perez was thrilled when he heard the news and took to Facebook to share it with fans.
“Just heard the news! How awesome it would be… if Texas passes a bill that would designate April 16 as “SELENA QUINTANILLA-PÉREZ Day”… an official holiday in Texas!”
It would be awesome indeed! Here’s to hoping it happens and eventually becomes not just a Texas holiday — but a national holiday too.