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Selena Day

Celebrate Selena Day with her music, movies, and more - show your love for the Queen of Tejano and honor her legacy!
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Get ready to celebrate Selena Day on April 16 with a day of appreciation and admiration for the late singer. Every year, fans across the globe gather together to honor her memory and remember her legacy. Selena Day was first founded in 1995 by Texas radio station KQXX-FM as a way to commemorate the life and work of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who tragically died four years prior in March 1991 at just 23 years old.

History of Selena Day

Selena Day Dates

Selena Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1971</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Selena's Birth</div><div class='timeline-text'>Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was born on April 16th, marking the beginning of her short-lived yet enormously influential life. </div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Formation of Selena y Los Dinos</div><div class='timeline-text'>Selena y Los Dinos, the family band that served as Selena's stepping stone to stardom, was formed by Selena's father. </div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1987</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Tejano Music Award</div><div class='timeline-text'>At only 15 years old, Selena won the Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year - a title she would hold for nine consecutive years.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1994</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Grammy Win</div><div class='timeline-text'>Selena won the Grammy Award for Best Mexican/American Album for her album 'Live!', making her the first Tejano artist to win a Grammy.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1995</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Selena's Tragic Passing</div><div class='timeline-text'>Selena was tragically killed by her fan club's president, triggering an outpour of grief worldwide, especially within the Latino community.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1995</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of Selena Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Texas radio station KQXX-FM founded Selena Day on April 16 to commemorate the life and work of the Tejano superstar.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Selena Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a Selena movie</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>What better way to celebrate Selena Day than to watch the iconic movie starring Jennifer Lopez? It's the perfect way to honor the Queen of Tejano music and learn more about her incredible life story.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Listen to her music</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make a playlist of all your favorite Selena songs and blast them all day long. There's no better way to get into the spirit of Selena Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Support her family</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The Quintanilla family has created several initiatives to honor Selena's memory, including clothing lines, restaurants, and foundations. Show your support for them by purchasing merchandise or donating to one of their causes.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends together and throw a party in honor of Selena Day. Serve up some classic Tex Mex dishes, play her music all night, and have fun!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit her hometown</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Selena was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, so why not head there for the ultimate Selena Day experience? You can explore her childhood home, see where she performed her first concerts, and even visit the Wax Museum dedicated to her legacy.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Selena Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Selena was an Inspiration to many</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Before her untimely death in 1995, Selena Gomez was a Latina superstar who became a role model for millions of fans around the world. From her music and fashion choices to her charitable work, she inspired Latinas everywhere with her spirit and unapologetic self-expression.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>She made history</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Selena was the first Latin artist to have four No. 1 singles on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart, making musical history in the process. Her crossover success also paved the way for other Latin music artists to reach wider audiences.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Her legacy lives on</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Selena will always be remembered for her unique singing style, upbeat dance moves and vibrant personality. Every year, fans come together on April 16th (her birthday) to celebrate Selena Day - a day dedicated to honoring her amazing life and legacy!</p></div></div>

5 Facts about Selena that Will Surprise You

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>She wrote a cookbook</h3><p class='facts-content'>Selena wrote her own cookbook titled Recipes & Memories. The cookbook features a range of dishes from her Tex-Mex Restaurants, Selena's Café.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>She held a Guinness World Record</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 1993, Selena was awarded with the Guinness World Record for having the most records sold by a female artist in one year.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>She was a fashion icon</h3><p class='facts-content'>Selena's style and signature look was admired around the world, often described as a mix of traditional Mexican styles with more modern influences.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>She sang in both Spanish and English</h3><p class='facts-content'>Selena recorded 3 albums in Spanish and one in English before her untimely death, with many more planned for the future.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>She was a philanthropist</h3><p class='facts-content'>Selena made sure to use her fame to give back to the community, starting a pet shelter in California and donating proceeds of her tour to sick children.</p></div></div>

Selena Day FAQs

When is Selena Day?

Selena Day is celebrated on April 16th every year. In 2024, Selena Day will occur on a Tuesday.

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