Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 because many significant anniversaries of Latin American independence fall on Sept. 15, including 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 this 30 day period.
The yearly observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to become a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
Generations of Hispanic Americans have positively contributed to and enriched American society. On the website https://hispanicheritagemonth.gov, one can explore many documents, exhibits, films, blog posts and other things from the National Archives and Presidential Libraries highlighting Hispanic culture.
And a website entitled “How to Celebrate Hispanic Month in North Texas” features a listing of local events, such as the Mexican Rodeo Celebration at the State Fair, the art market and various exhibits and performances at the Latino Cultural Center, and other opportunities.
Duncanville, with a diverse population that includes many people of Hispanic heritage, boasts a number of Mexican restaurants and three Hispanic markets—Terry’s on Camp Wisdom, La Michoacana Meat Market on 67, and Supermercade Monterrey on Danieldale.
Our lives, in fact, would be impoverished without the presence of our many Hispanic citizens—so we might consider celebrating Hispanic Heritage the entire year, whatever our background.
Along with Halloween, the Day of the Dead is coming up (November 1–2), with more opportunities to learn about and enjoy a meaningful and colorful Hispanic tradition.
So, let’s celebrate and embrace Hispanic people and cultures!
Article Submitted by Anne Perry, Commissioner
Multicultural Social Engagement Partnership (MSEP)
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