Thursday, September 15th marked the start of Hispanic Heritage Month which BANKW Staffing honorably celebrates with all members of the communities we serve. National Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the inspiring and impactful ways that Hispanic people have contributed to U.S. history.
On September 15, President Joseph Biden said, “Since the beginning, our country has drawn strength and insights from Hispanic writers, scientists, soldiers, doctors, entrepreneurs, academics, and leaders in labor and government. Our culture has been enriched by the rhythms, art, literature, and creativity of Hispanic peoples. And our deepest values have been informed by the love of family and faith that is at the core of so many Hispanic communities. All of these contributions help us realize the promise of America for all Americans.”
Why the 15th of September?
This observance, which honors and celebrates Hispanic history and culture from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, begins on September 15th the 31-day timeframe following the day encompasses several additional dates of importance in Hispanic and Latinx history.
The 15 of September signifies the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month because it is the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
September 16 remembers Grito de Dolores, or the “Cry of Delores,” which is the battle cry of the Mexican War of Independence. After an 11-year war following this initial uprising, the day would become recognized as the anniversary of Mexican independence.
Additionally, September 18 and 19 are celebrated as The Fiestas Patrias, literally “Homeland Holidays,” in Chile in commemoration of the proclamation of the First Governing Body of 1810, officially marking the start of Chilean independence.
Día de la Raza, Day of the Race, is an alternate holiday for the controversial Columbus Day, held on October 12, and is meant to celebrate the mestizo or “mixed blood race” of the integrated indigenous and European heritage of Mexico. The general idea, however, is similar to Columbus Day, which is to celebrate the first encounter between Europe and the Americas.
Hispanic or Latinx?
Though these terms are often used interchangeably, they’re actually different! Someone can be Hispanic and Latinx, but not all Latinx people are Hispanic. As an example, Brazilians are Latinx, but their native language is not Spanish.
Hispanic refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country.
Latino/a or Latinx refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a country in Latin America.
Join us in the Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Here’s How.
- Support Hispanic and Latinx Owned Businesses
Grab a refreshing beverage or delicious meal at a local Hispanic or Latinx restaurant or bakery! Additionally, you can snag some unique gifts from these Latinx-owned Etsy shops.
- Read Latinx Books
Boston University put together a list of twelve books to read during Hispanic Heritage Month that will honor and celebrate Hispanic and Latinx authors, their culture, and stories.
- Visit a Museum
Museums and cultural centers across America are hosting exhibits and events to celebrate the influence of Hispanic and Latinx artists. Grab a friend and head out to experience the art and culture first-hand. Visit the official National Hispanic Heritage Month for more collections and exhibits.
- Take a Virtual Tour
Unable to visit a museum? No problem! Immerse yourself in a virtual trek of Machu Pichu in Peru; Visit Brazil’s first modern museum, The Museu de Arte de São Paulo, which offers an online viewing experience; Dive into Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen for a unique underwater tour of the archipelago; Or take a 360-degree tour of the Mayan Pyramids at Mexico’s Chichen Itza.
- Watch Hispanic/Latinx Programs
Many streaming services, like Netflix and Hulu, have taken the time to cultivate Hispanic and Latinx documentaries, television series, and movies into one list or category for easy viewing and selection.
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