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  • Writer's pictureCesar Guerrero Isaias

Why Hispanic Heritage Month is so Important

Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration between September 15th and October 15th and is recognized as a time to honor the culture and heritage of many Hispanic and Latinx people throughout the world. During this celebration, the independence days of many of the Hispanic countries are celebrated such as the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile. Surprisingly some people have begun to lose their connection with their heritage and culture, so here is why you should celebrate this month and be proud of your culture!

The concept of Hispanic Heritage Month originated back in 1968. When the celebration lasted a singular week. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a law to designate the week of the 15th of September as Hispanic Heritage Week. This marked the official recognition of both Hispanic-Americans and Latinx-Americans across the United States. Over time, this celebration has evolved into a full month spanning between the 9/15 and 10/15 to allow for more recognition of the different cultures throughout the regions. Throughout the month, various events take place nationwide, highlighting famous Hispanic traditions, art, music, and their accomplishments.

Hispanic people have helped pave the way in all work environments for all future generations of their community in cinema, in music, and even in industries as large as NASA. They have been able to achieve many important milestones on behalf of all the Hispanic and Latinx communities. The Hispanic community has been able to earn the vital representation of their culture and have been able to persevere through their challenges and struggles to help make more diversity for their culture in the United States and their achievements are inspiring for everyone across the globe.

The importance of this celebration is vital to the Hispanic community and it lets all Hispanics alike have a chance to celebrate and reconnect with their culture. Because we came from different countries and cultures, we are proud of our heritage even if we aren’t in those countries. Although some may not be fully intact with their culture and heritage, it's always good to celebrate and commemorate who you are and the amazing country you came from and what your community has been able to achieve along the way.

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