Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month together
¡Feliz mes de la Herencia Hispana! That means Happy Hispanic Heritage Month in Spanish! Hispanic Heritage Month also known as HHM started on September 15th, and it goes all the way until October 15th. HHM is a month-long celebration to recognize Hispanic history, art, and culture.
HHM started in 1968 as only a week, but later on in 1988, under Ronald Reagan’s presidency, Reagan expanded HHM from a week to a month. The significance of HHM starting on September 15th is because it is the anniversary of independence in Latin American Countries. Día de la Raza (Day of the race) also falls in the HHM time period on October 20th.
This special month is about Hispanic people and their culture. LPHS is fortunate to have vibrant Hispanic Slicers in its school. Slicer Newsroom interviewed four Slicers to hear what they have to say about HHM.
Señorita Guzman, a Spanish teacher at LPHS, is from the city capital Morelia in the state Michoacan, which is known as “La alma de México” (The heart of Mexico). Guzman celebrates HHM by teaching her students about Latin origins and the importance of where they come from and who they are. Guzman believes it is important to respect others’ nationalities.
“Hispanic Heritage Month is about remembering the legacy of Hispanic people and a reminder of who we are and where we come from,” Guzman said.
Señor Marino, another Spanish teacher, is from a place with lots of mountains, lakes, and valleys, – Cordoba, Argentina. Marino celebrates HHM every single day by being who he is and showing his students that being proud of their heritage and being who they are will leave a mark in this world.
“Be proud of the heritage you are from. Embrace and own it,” Marino said.
A proud Hispanic Slicer student is Lizbeth Padilla. Padilla isn’t from Mexico but both of her parents are, and she is proud of that. Padilla celebrates HHM by having parties where everyone brings traditional Hispanic foods and appreciates everything they have and what they and their ancestors had to fight for so they could be where they are now, even though sometimes it can be tough.
“I want people to know that we are people, too, and how important it is to appreciate our culture and to respect it,” Padilla said.
Another proud Slicer is George Chavez. Like Padilla, Chavez’s parents are from Mexico, and he was born in the United States. Chavez learns more about his heritage from his friends and family. He thinks it’s important to respect people based on where they come from.
“Remember the people, and learn about the culture. We work hard every day to be where we’re at,” Chavez said.
Hispanic Heritage Month is important to many. Students and staff are lucky to have such a diverse school. Every nationality has endless strengths to offer the world and should be respected and honored.