La Alegria de los hispanos


The picture shows the art aspect of Hispanic Heritage Month: dancing. Courtesy of Ashley Henry.

Karla Bautista Mendoza, Staff Writer

Hispanic Heritage month where  Latin Americans get together and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This month is full of joy as people spend time with family. This month occurs from September 15 to October 15. 

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place all over the world for anyone that is Latin-American Hispanic Heritage Month revolves around celebrating the history, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Hispanic Heritage Month had just become its name in 1968 by president Lydon Johnson, which was expanded by president Ronald Regan in 1988 to be a 30-day period. According to Pew Research Center, the rise of the Hispanic population outpaced the country’s 7% average rate but lagged behind Asia’s 23% increase. Hispanics accounted for 19% of the population of the United States in 2021, including residents of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This has increased from just 5% in 1970 and 16% in 2010.

Two alternative strategies are used to promote Hispanic Heritage Month. Representative Esteban Torres of California attempted to make National Hispanic Heritage Week a month-long celebration in 1987, all for the purpose of America recognizing and planning events and activities to honor Hispanic culture and additional accomplishments. Mexicans celebrate the Da de la Raza (Race Day), which was once known as Columbus Day; it happens on October 12, during the second half of Hispanic Heritage Month. Race Day, or Da de la Raza, celebrates “Mexico’s mixed indigenous and European roots.”

Spanish unites numerous Hispanic and Latinx people even with differing histories and cultures. According to Forbes, more than 559 million people speak Spanish worldwide as of 2021. 

This month should be looked at more just because the Hispanics contributed to America’s development. This month aims to highlight the progress that still needs to be made while also paying tribute to the Hispanic heritage and all Hispanic Americans who have contributed to the development of America. This month isn’t for drama or differences, this month is for people to enjoy and see each other’s cultures for this month. 

Each year, there is always a new theme for Spanish Heritage Month. A new theme is incorporated every year just to change it up a bit and make Hispanic heritage month spark more than it already does. In 2022, the theme was “unidos” which means everyone is united. The purpose was to bring everyone together to have a stronger nation, to highlight voices, and to feel welcomed, all aiming to help build a stronger community. 

Overall, Hispanic heritage month is a beautiful celebration that many people should celebrate in order to bring our community together. As Sonia Sotomayor says, “The Latina in me is an ember that blazes forever.”