Hispanic Americans are increasingly playing an important role in today’s American society. Each year, Americans celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanics from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America through the National Hispanic Heritage Month. Parades, parties, and performances are held throughout the country to celebrate.

The history of Hispanic Heritage Month

Traditions are at the core of Hispanic culture

Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 and was first introduced by President Lyndon Johnson. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, with the approval of Public Law 100-402 and was first executed by President Ronald Reagan.

When do Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month covers 30 days from September 15th to October 15th. The reason for choosing these days is that the independence days of many Latin American countries are within these thirty days. September 15th is of importance because Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all commemorate Independence Day on this day. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate Independence Day on September 16th and September 18th, respectively.

The Hispanic American presence in the United States

Dominicans celebrate their culture

The Historic Heritage Month also celebrates the long-term and important presence of Hispanic and Hispanic Americans in North America. Many Hispanic Americans trace their roots to the culture of Native Americans, as well as Spanish explorers and African cultures. According to the US Census, today’s Hispanic American ancestors come from all over the world, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain, and other  Central American or South American countries. The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers announces the different yearly theme for Hispanic Heritage Month. The themes invite people to reflect on Hispanic American traditions, history, and culture.

How you can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Parades are a big part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations

If you want to join the celebration, a good place to start is the official website of the Hispanic Heritage Month and check out their calendars. You’ll find the schedule for some official parades and parties. Secondly, you can check out the recent events in your city, such as events at Time Out. Last but not least, you can check out Facebook’s Events page, where you will often find some local activities posts.

Hispanic culture is full of enthusiasm and joy, as is the Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s time to grab your friends and loved ones, and experience the diversity and richness of Latin culture together! I hope you enjoy all the great food, music, art, and culture!

Calvin Chen

Calvin has an international education background. He has studied in China, the United Kingdom, and the United States, which exposed him to various types of cultures, customs, and language differences. He supports the public relations and marketing efforts at Diáfano, an education company responsible for the design and implementation of corporate-level Spanish classes and programs through the Diáfano Method. His ultimate dream is to become a “living bridge” between America and China and contribute to cultural exchanges. Check him out at www.diafanomethod.com.

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