National Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual American celebration of Spanish heritage’s role in American history. It is celebrated for 4 weeks – from September 15 to October 15.
The idea of a month dedicated to Hispanic heritage originated in 1968 and belongs to Congressman George E. Brown. He believed if the government 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 a representative of two cities predominantly populated by Hispanics. At the official level, the holiday was approved in 1988.
The Americas were actively colonized in the 15th-17th centuries. In total, more than 200 thousand people arrived on the continents. Most were Spanish colonies, which subsequently gained independence. In North America, the vast majority of the Hispanic population lives in the southern regions (Managua, El Salvador, etc.). The ancestors of these people several centuries ago opened this continent to the whole world.
- The impetus for the colonization of America was given by Christopher Columbus, when in 1482 he discovered 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, who tried to protect their land from strangers.
How to take part
During the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, many events are held that allow you to get acquainted with the customs and traditions of Spain, which served as the basis for the formation of Latin American culture. Colorful dance performances, Spanish flavor, and interesting competitions – all this can be enjoyed for an entire month.
You can also visit art and museum exhibitions, or listen to lectures at universities and libraries to learn more about Spanish heritage.
When is National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated in 2022?
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed on September 15 each year.