Editorial: Celebrate culture during Hispanic Heritage Month

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Learn about the history of Hispanic Heritage Month and ways you can celebrate!

Melissa Theodorus, Editor-in-Chief

September 15 marks a special day for much of the United States. Today is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. You might be questioning why the month is starting on the 15th instead of the usual first day of the month. The 15th is the anniversary of independence from Spain in 1821 for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. After the 15th, Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16th, Chile’s is on the 18th, and Belize on the 21st from Spain and the United Kingdom.  As you can tell, this week alone is already very important for many people.

Much like Black History Month in February and LGTBQ+ Pride Month in June, during the month one can see festivals and celebrations that recognize familiar identities.

Every year, from September 15 to October 15, the country celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Being a diverse country with a history from different regions, Hispanic and Latin culture are woven deeply into our lives. This month gives us the opportunity to acknowledge that and bring their culture into the light. It is a time that empowers us and allows us to appreciate the enduring impacts and contributions of Latinos to our country.

Because food is rooted very deeply in every culture, it is typical to see celebrations with traditional recipes and foods. Here at The Armijo Signal, there are many restaurant reviews for you to read and try out, including the most recent one for El Pitayo. Read some of the detailed biographies, by The Armijo Signal writers, that celebrate all that Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present have accomplished.  You might learn something new or a way to celebrate with the Hispanic and Latinx communities.

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