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Texas Lawmakers Propose April 16 as State Holiday Honoring Selena

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“Anything for Selenas” is a widely popular catchphrase associated with the late Queen of Tejano, Selena Quintanilla Perez. That phrase is appropriate for a newly proposed bill that could send the late singer’s legacy soaring to new heights. A Texas bill has been proposed to make April 16, Selena’s birthday, an official state holiday.

The bill was authored by Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos (D-102). It reads in part, “A Selena Quintanilla Perez Day may be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies and activities.” If passed, House Bill 2492 would take effect September 1, 2019, which means we wouldn’t be able to celebrate this year, but next year the party would be full of bidi bidi bom bom, as fans would be dreaming of her that day.

Video: Facebook/Selena

The video above highlights moments from various performances from the award-winning singer and recording artist that remind us of her commanding presence on and off the stage.

In order to make this dream holiday a reality, the bill will need to be voted out of the house committee, then voted on by the full house, before heading to the Senate and Texas governor. Chris Perez, who was married to the singer before her tragic death, was excited to hear about the news. He took to his Facebook page to share 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! 

Interestingly enough, this wouldn’t be the first such day within the Lone Star State. Three weeks following the singer’s murder, Governor George W. Bush proclaimed April 16, 1995, as “Selena Day.” On November 3, 2017, the singer was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as Los Angeles affirmed November 3 as “Selena Day.”

From a successful MAC Cosmetics Selena collection to exclusive, limited-edition Selena bags from H-E-B, must-have memorabilia items have added to an empire that rivals that of the likes of Elvis Presley. It’s no wonder Texas would want to recognize this Lone Star legend who will forever live in the hearts of fans around the world.