Latinx Heritage Month


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This month marks National Latinx month. It begins on September 15th and goes through October 15th. It acts as recognition and contribution to Hispanic Americans’ impact on history, culture, and achievements of the United States. This world wide celebration was first presented by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, who extended the week into a month-long celebration. August 17th, 1988 it was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. They did not just choose a random day to start the celebration, September 15 has a significance to it. September 15th is when Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua gained independence from Spain in 1821. 

It is important to take pride in your culture and learn more about your background. For many, their families worked very hard to get into the U.S. and it is important that we share their stories this month since they did a lot for us. If you are not Hispanic, you can still participate in this celebration. By hearing about your friend’s stories, researching, and learning about their culture, you are doing exactly that. 

“I did not know this month was Hispanic Heritage month but I knew it existed,” said senior Adolfo Gonzalez. “I like that we get celebrated for a whole month! I hope people get more educated and like to learn about our Mexican culture.” When asked how he was going to celebrate he said, “We celebrate everyday! Even when it’s not heritage month we still make authentic Mexican food and treats.” 

I have to agree with Adolfo, by taking pride in my heritage, everyday I am celebrating.  

“I was aware that this month is Hispanic heritage month. I love many things about my heritage. I love the language. I also like that my culture is focused on family unit and history. Communities in Mexico are tight and our traditions are geared to honor our past and pass it on to others, I enjoy doing that,” said Spanish teacher Mrs. Heredia. 

Since Independence Day in Mexico is also on September 16th she plans on celebrating by teaching her students the history of the country and having their own Mexican independence day celebration. If you plan on celebrating make sure to think about the history of the Latin American countries, eat some good food, and have fun!