The US constitutes a variety of populations. And all of these people have their history, culture, and language. The US celebrates all of its citizens without question of their race. And that also includes the Hispanic population.
What is National Hispanic American Heritage Month?
National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place every year to honor multicultural cultures. The US celebrates the culture of Mexico, Central America, and South America. That had a significant impact on our nation’s history and society today. This year is “The Latino Journey: 500 years of History.”
There are a variety of activities honoring Hispanic-American heritage all month long. To celebrate Hispanic-American heritage for people to learn more about either their family history or the culture in general.
When do we celebrate it?
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually from September 15 to October 15. It honors the histories and cultures. And contributions of citizens of America whose ancestors originated from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
Under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, the celebration began as Hispanic Heritage Week. It covered 30 days between September 15 and October 15. When President Ronald Reagan extended the celebration to include the entire month. After being approved by Public Law 100-402, it took effect on August 17, 1988.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within these 30 days.
Why is it important to celebrate National Hispanic American Heritage Month?
In the United States, the Hispanic population continues to grow as a part of a larger demographic trend. Since 2000, Hispanics have made up about 17% of the entire U.S. population and over 35% of the population growth in the U.S. As a result, by 2015 there were one million people who spoke Spanish at home. And almost six million people who spoke Spanish at least “well” or “very well”.
The Hispanic community has contributed to the United States in many ways. The Spanish language, music, and cuisine had a tremendous impact on our nation, starting with Spanish exploration. Over the years, Hispanic culture has influenced all facets of our national life. Besides education, religion, architecture, and language, the influence of Latino culture also permeates everything from the Fiestas to the integration of Latino-Americans into society.
In commemorating Hispanic American Heritage Month, we can acknowledge that this nation is made up of people of various backgrounds who work together to bring peace and prosperity to all of its citizens. As a community, they are proud to have contributed so much to this country which has given everyone so many opportunities to live happy and productive lives.
Hispanic heritage is not only important to the Hispanic community. But it is also part of the history of the United States. The Hispanic influence in the United States dates back to when Spanish explorers arrived in what is now Florida and Texas around 1492.
In addition, Mexico (including what is now part of the southwestern United States) was annexed by the United States after winning independence from Spain in 1821. Mexico was considered a territory of the U.S. And English became dominant as a language for official business and education by 1863 under an order from President Abraham Lincoln. Although Spanish continued to be spoken and used among some communities). The majority of Hispanics living in the US.
2021 Event Highlights
Kids & Families Event
- Young Portrait Explorers
Join the virtual workshop for children ages 3-6 and their adult companions. The programs help you learn about art, history, and more! You can explore these portraits in thirty-minute programs incorporating movement and artmaking. This program is open on Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, and Oct.13.
Children aged 8–12, and their families, will have the opportunity to learn about Sylvia and Aki during this online event. Inspired by the true story of Mendez v. Westminster School District, this book tells the story of a school desegregation lawsuit. A civil rights activist and author will showcase the story of the Japanese Internment during World War II. Sylvia Mendez is the main character, and Winifred Conkling is the acclaimed author.
Cavabalache, named for a Spanish language word meaning “exchange,” is a Chicano-Jarocho group based in East Los Angeles. Cambalache performs, runs workshops, and provides educational demonstrations for traditional son jarocho.
You can also find out about other events from here!