Latino Month or Mes de La Hispanidad
This is one of my favorite times of the year. Yes! We get to celebrate and honor
our Heritage. I am so proud of being Hispanic that I want to share with you some of the activities and knowledge I have, so you can also celebrate and continue our Latino traditions.
I want to inspire you to be creative about how to celebrate your Hispanidad. As mothers, fathers or Hispanic culture lovers we have the great opportunity to pass down and create awareness of Latino culture, both at home and everywhere we go.
Take this “Hispanic Month” as an opportunity to be the best ambassador of our culture, not only about the particular country your heritage is from, but also of the rich and amazing Hispanic culture that unites us all.
What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
Here is the scoop, on September 17, 1968, president Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first proclamation creating Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988 congress extended the celebration to a month to fall on the dates between September 15th and October 15th.
Why is September 15th significant in Hispanic culture? Let me throw a bit of history here. In Mexico, churches ring bells on this date to commemorate father Hidalgo’s Grito de Dolores. Dolores is the Mexican town where father Hidalgo called for independence from Spain in 1810, even though Mexico officially proclaimed its independence from Spain in 1821.
September 15, 1821, is also an important date in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, which declared the independence of the kingdom (at the time these countries were one and included Chiapas) from Spain.
Later on in 1823, these countries formed the new republic, and Chiapas decided to remain with Mexico.
Did you know that many Americans who are not Hispanic are calling this month Spanish Month? This was totally surprising to me.
I think it stems from the language we speak, Spanish. Have you noticed
Hispanics are also called Spanish everywhere? Well, the same happened to our Heritage Month, it is now also called Spanish Month!
Hispanic Month Prints and Art
Picture at the top by Jos Dielis