28 Sep Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized across the country from September 15 to October 15. This time is dedicated to celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Hispanic Americans. More specifically, those individuals whose ancestors originated from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. During this time, festivals and other educational events are held in communities across the United States to celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans.
Hispanic refers to a person who is a native of, or descendant of a person from a Spanish-speaking country. The term “Latino/a” refers to a person who was born in Latin America or is a descendant of a person who was born in Latin America. Instead of Hispanic Heritage Month beginning at the start of September, it starts in the middle of the month in order to overlap with the national independence days in several Latin American countries. Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica celebrate their independence days on September 15, followed by Mexico on September 16, Chile on September 18, and Belize on September 21.
Why should the Hispanic community in the United States be celebrated every year? As of July 2021, the Pew Research Center reports that there are 62.5 million Hispanics living in the United States. This represents 19 percent of the total population of the country. Today, one out of every four children in the United States is Hispanic. Since the American Revolution, Hispanics and Latinos have made significant contributions to American society and have served in every war fought since then. This population continues to strengthen communities across the nation as business owners, veterans, educators, and public servants, among other occupations.
The Hispanic community in the United States has left a permanent mark on both the culture and economy of the United States. We can honor their many successes and contributions to this country’s history during Hispanic Heritage Month.