Celebrating Hispanic Culture


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Gloria Perez, Staff Writer

Hispanic Heritage Month occurs from September 15 to October 15 to celebrate the importance of Hispanic cultures in America. Latino culture has increased in the US over many years, as there are over 60 million latinos in the US. Everywhere you go, you’ll see latin foods, hear latin music, and notice aspects of latino culture through dance and art. 

Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as “Hispanic Heritage Week”, but was then expanded to a month. The reason it starts in the middle of September rather than the beginning is because the month corresponds with the independence days of Latin countries such as Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Why do we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the importance of Latino culture and history of America. During Hispanic Heritage Month, the U.S. Army commemorates the longstanding and remarkable contributions that Hispanics have made in building and defending the nation. This month is also celebrated to support Latino owned businesses, learn about the important Latin people throughout history, and to truly get an understanding of Hispanic culture. 

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the US. About 53 percent of the US population speaks both English and Spanish. Latinos take this month to really appreciate what America is able to offer. This month is important for everyone in the US because Americans are able to see why Hispanic culture is important. This month long celebration also allows Hispanic/Latino people to be grateful for their roots, and perhaps realize that the USA has given them much more than any country in Latin America could have throughout their lives.