National Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual American celebration that celebrates the role of Spanish heritage in American history. It is celebrated for 4 weeks – from September 15 to October 15.
The idea of celebrating a month dedicated to Hispanic heritage originated in 1868 and belongs to Congressman George E. Brown. He believed that if the government of the country actively supports the idea of protecting civil rights, then it is necessary to recognize the great importance of Spanish culture in American history. In addition, Brown was the representative of two cities predominantly populated by Hispanics. At the official level, the holiday was approved in 1988.
The colonization of America was actively carried out in the 15th-17th centuries. In total, more than 200 thousand people arrived on the continent. Most of all there were Spanish colonies, which subsequently gained independence. The vast majority of the Hispanic population lives in the southern regions of North America (Managua, El Salvador and others). The ancestors of these people several centuries ago were able to open this continent to the whole world.
- The impetus for the colonization of America was given by Christopher Columbus, when in 1482 he was able to discover a new continent.
- Despite the great role of the period of colonization, it was a very bloody time. Skirmishes constantly arose between Europeans and the local population (Indians), who tried to protect their land from strangers.
How to celebrate
During the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, many events are held that allow you to get to know the customs and traditions of Spain, which served as the basis for the formation of Latin American culture. Bright dance performances, Spanish flavor and interesting competitions – all this can be enjoyed for a month.
You can also visit art and museum exhibitions, listen to lectures at universities and libraries to learn more interesting information about the Spanish heritage.
When is National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated in 2022?
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed on September 15 each year.