Hispanic Heritage Month

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By Bisma Aftab and Natalie Ponciano 

October 9, 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time when people come together to celebrate the influence and accomplishments Hispanics/Latinos have made in history. Cesar Chavez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are all notable Hispanics/Latinos. It’s also a day to celebrate their independence from Spain. On September 15, 1821, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador became independent from Spain’s rule. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate independence on September 16 and 18.

According to Julio Ponciano, a Glasgow parent who was born and raised in Guatemala, “It’s a way to keep our traditions alive. Most importantly it’s a way to show our kids who were born in the US their identity and where they’re coming from. My kids have never been to Guatemala, so when they see people celebrating from where they are from, it makes them feel welcomed and a part of something.” 

People from different backgrounds all come together to celebrate this wonderful month about recognizing the influence and difference Hispanics have made. An example of this is in the parade in Chicago on September 15. Mariachis joined together in song to celebrate Mexican culture.