From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month or Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. It is an extremely important celebration, since the achievements, contributions, culture, traditions, and contributions of the residents of this country with roots in Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean are evoked.
President Lyndon B. Johnson’s proclamation urged the American people, especially educational entities, to observe the week with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Twenty years later, on August 17, 1988, President Ronald Reagan reiterated a broader recognition of Americans of Hispanic origin, and for this Congress passed Law 100-402, which extended the celebration for a period of 31 days which was called National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated for 30 days beginning on the 15th, as it coincides with the anniversaries of the national independence of several Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua recognize September 15 as the date of its independence, while the independence of Mexico is celebrated on September 16 and that of Chile on September 18.
I am a Mexican living in the United States, a place that has given me many opportunities, and for which I have been able to see from “up close” how the Hispanic community is much larger each time and an important gear in day-to-day functioning. The contributions or inheritances that have been left over the years and with the growth of the Hispanic community in all aspects, to the point that Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the country.
I dare to say that Hispanic is synonymous with PURE ENERGY, work, joy, music, and good food. Nothing like our language full of love, the diminutives that show the tenderness and affection with which we have treated each other. Hispanics ARE POWER!
Pride of belonging to the community that demonstrates over the years that we can make dreams come true, that we are hard workers, and that, even though our countries of origin, the family, all that good life that we leave behind to improve ourselves will always be missed as people or to give our families a better future. Pride in being an example of struggle and strength.
Today, here so far from my beautiful Mexico, I feel more than ever proud of my roots. So excited that Hispanics are increasingly being recognized and having a moment to celebrate the heritage, cultures, and contributions of all Hispanic and Latino Americans in the US.
Although the whole year can be recognized and thanked. This is an “introduction month” or an “entry point”. Hispanic Heritage is an opportunity for the Latino community to reinforce its achievements, but also to extend beyond these borders, to remind them that we are all equal and that we have rights. That we are important and very strong.