September 15th through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month! It’s our month to understand and celebrate Hispanic Heritage. It’s a month to understand the history of Spanish countries such as Mexico and Spain. It’s also a great time to educate yourself on Hispanic culture, without the influence of Americanization. There’s a ton to celebrate, so let’s get started!
First, we should get to know a little about the history surrounding Hispanic culture. Spain was founded in 1492, which became the parent place for much of the Hispanic heritage we see today. As for Mexico, there are documents saying that the Spanish empire found that land in 1521 when the tribe of the Tenochtitlan were still inhabiting the area. Eventually Spain conquered Mexico, but Mexico really wanted it’s independence. On September 16th, 1810 Mexico gained its independence from Spain and became it’s own country as we see today. That independence is a huge part of Hispanic Heritage Month as we see today. Hispanic Heritage has a lot more to it than that simple history lesson. There are many pivotal moments in that culture’s history that have formed Hispanics’ into how we see them today. Many laws have been passed here in America that were critical to their lives and are still celebrated today in Hispanic culture.
If you’re looking to celebrate I urge you not to simply eat Mexican food and talk to your Hispanic friends more. Doing that isn’t celebrating, and while it seems great to you, it might not be incredibly respectful to those around you who value this culture. I urge you to check out local events. Many Hispanic communities will host parades or dances to honor their culture. The National Archives and U.S. Libraries will be hosting learning nights for you to find out more about Hispanic Heritage and everything. Check out everything that they have to offer and what the programs that they have for you to view to find out more about them. Even your local cultural centers should be hosting programs.
Take this opportunity this month to learn about the richness and diversity of Hispanic culture. Go to the events that will be taking place all around the country. Take the time to understand a culture that might not be your own. Learning about another person’s culture can greatly impact how you view your own, and can open your eyes to the world around you. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about a brand new culture that you encounter every single day.
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