Hispanic Heritage Month
Originally, the celebration only took place for a week. Then, when Ronald Reagan became president, he decided to extend the Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. And since 1988, these dates have remained intact to acknowledge Hispanics living in the United States.
Why does it start on September 15th?
As we mentioned in a previous article, September 15th is the day five Latin American countries celebrate their Independence Day from Spain: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala y Honduras. Mexico celebrates its independence the day after, on September 16th, and Chile does the same on September 18th.
Additionally, el Día de la Raza (also known as Columbus Day) is celebrated on October 12th all across Latin America as well as the United States, and this also happens to be a national holiday in Spain.
With these dates in mind, the United States' government considered ideal to acknowledge Hispanics from September 15th through October 15th.
Celebrations across the United States:
With more than 55 million people today, the Hispanic community represents 17% of the United States' population. It's no surprise then that, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month there will be several celebrations, festivals, exhibitions and all sorts activities going on across the country. Here's a summary of them:
As one of the cities with the biggest Latino population, Los Angeles will host several activities all month.
- September 15 – Los Angeles City Hall
- Keeping this tradition alive, the Los Angeles City Hall will gather Mexicans and Mexican-Americans to scream in the traditional Grito de Dolores and remember Mexico's Independence from Spain.
- From September 15th through October 15th – Plaza De La Raza
- This plaza with deep Latino roots will host a photo exhibition honoring some of the most important Hispanic artists in Hollywood today.
- October 8th – Wilmington Waterfront Park
- The city of Wilmington will host a Latin festival with various performances to share the wealth of Hispanic culture.
- October – North of Miami
- The Latin "capital" of Florida celebrates its Gran Fiesta on October 8th, at MOCA square. As usual, this free event will include music, dance, Hispanic art and so much more.
- Casa Bacardi - Permanently
If you're interested in learning more about Cuban history, the University of Miami has a Cuban center known as Casa Bacardi that includes an art exhibition, music, film, seminars and all sorts of activities.
You may find more information Here!
- September 15th – Fiestas Patrias
- In Texas, most celebrations will take place around the DFW area. As usual, the Hispanic Heritage Month will begin with the Grito de Dolores (Shout of Dolores) to remember Mexico's independence from Spain.
- September 16th – Hispanic Heritage Festival
- The John & Judy Gay will host several activities to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month. Activities include food exhibitions, games, mariachi music and a painting contest for children.
- For more information on Dallas' Hispanic celebrations, click here.
We hope these suggestions shared with you will allow you to learn more about the Hispanic heritage in the United States. If you live in a city not listed above, you may find more exhibitions and other activities in your area by visiting this website.
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