National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 – October 15, 2020

National Hispanic Heritage Month occurred from September 15 through October 15, 2020 and it celebrated many wonderful aspects about Hispanic cultures.Some people refer to Hispanic people as descendants of people from Spain and use the term Latinos for people from Latin American and their descendents, but National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates all Americans from Spanish-speaking cultures.

What Is National Hispanic Heritage Month?

The month honors the contributions of U.S. citizens who have ancestors from Mexico and Spain, the Caribbean, as well as South and Central America. It’s a time to learn more about the traditions and cultures of the people from these areas.

In 1968, the commemoration started out as just a week, but twenty years later, U.S. President Ronald Reagan made it a full month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15 and lasts for thirty days because September 15 is the day that the Latin American countries of Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica celebrate their independence. September 16 is Mexico’s Independence Day, and September 18 is Chile’s Independence Day.

Almost a month later, on October 12, people in Mexico, Central America, and South America celebrate Dia de la Raza (Day of the Race or Race Day) to honor people that are indigenous to the Americas. Other people celebrate Columbus Day on this date, and Columbus Day has been controversial because of the European explorer’s relations with indigenous American communities.

Interesting Facts About the Hispanic Population in the United States

Given the different cultures and origins of the Hispanic population in the United States, it’s not surprising that the population is huge and diverse:

  • The Hispanic population in the United States reached almost 60 million in 2018.
  • Hispanics are the second-fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, behind Asian Americans.
  • In 2018, Hispanics made up 18 percent of the United States population.
  • Just over 60 percent of the Hispanics in the United States are of Mexican origin.

In addition, the population has contributed countless elements to U.S. culture in all fields. Therefore, it makes sense to learn all we can about Hispanic cultures and the people behind them.

Learning About Cultures

If you’re not sure why it’s important to learn about Hispanic cultures and about other cultures that make up the United States and other countries, consider the fact that this knowledge could enrich your life.

In addition, the more we know about people, the better we can help them – and each other. Take the way we handle medical issues.

Some cultures may be reluctant to address certain health-related topics or treat them in certain ways. They may not want certain types of treatments because they go against their beliefs.

For example, some cultures address addictions and other mental health conditions in certain ways and may need others to explain the merits of different treatment approaches. The more we know about different heritages, the better we can ensure that everyone is able to enjoy good health.

Not only is National Hispanic Heritage Month a time to get to know about these rich cultures, it’s also a time to get to know more about the people that make up this group to help them thrive in all ways.

Sources

hispanicheritagemonth.gov – About National Hispanic Heritage Month

hnmagazine.com – The Difference Between Hispanic and Latino

pewresearch.org – 7 Facts for National Hispanic Heritage Month

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