Hispanic Heritage Month

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People are at a parade for Hispanic Heritage month

Aneecia Owens

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of Hispanic heritage that is from September 15 through October 15.  Hispanic Heritage Month falls during this time because it incorporates the dates of independence of several Hispanic countries, like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In 1968, Californian congressman, George E. Brown, created Hispanic Heritage Week, which was later expanded to a month in 1988. 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage month doesn’t have to be a big party. Dayana Garcia said, “We put a Mexican flag outside and invite our whole family to celebrate at our house We eat a lot of Mexican food and my parents catch up with their siblings.” Some foods eaten in Hispanic culture are empanadas, tajadas, gallo pinto, mole, grilled corn, arroz con Leche, and many others. 

Before COVID-19, many places, including  Philadelphia, New York, and Florida, held parades and celebrations. When going to these parades, spectators would see bright colors, flags of Hispanic or Latino countries, traditional clothing, and art and crafts. Joanne Martinez stated, “we have gone to Antigua where there are a lot of parades and I think at 5 pm, everyone sings the national anthem in front of the park and church.” 

Aside from attending parades, there are still many ways to celebrate. Learning more about the culture is a great way to start. Learning about past struggles, art, music, crafts, and food can help someone gain a better understanding of the culture. Visiting museums is another great way to celebrate because it is a way to experience art made specifically for the culture. Supporting local Hispanic businesses can also be a great way to celebrate. Being immersed in the culture can be very beneficial to celebrating the month so it would be good for people to do as much as they can to be involved. 

Of course, now that we are living in a pandemic, many big festivities have been canceled. Hispanic Heritage month has ended but that doesn’t mean we should forget about the origin of why it exists. Hopefully next year, more people can help celebrate.