Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when we can learn about, commemorate, and celebrate the history and contributions of Hispanic cultures. As the event’s official website explains, “Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.”
“Why is it celebrated from September 15 to October 15?”
This event is designed to encompass several important days in Hispanic cultures. To begin, September 15 marks the independence of five Hispanic nations: Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. The next few days recognize the independence of Mexico (September 16) and Chile (September 18). October 12 is another important holiday in many Hispanic countries. It’s usually celebrated as Columbus Day, to commemorate the man who first brought Spanish culture to the New World. However, in many places, the day has been re-dedicated as Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity (Argentina), Day of the Race/Day of the Hispanic People (many countries), Day of the Americas (Uruguay and Belize), Day of Indigenous Resistance (Venezuela), Day of the Cultures (Costa Rica), or Indigenous Peoples’ Day (many U.S. cities), to shift the focus onto the local people whose lives were changed by Columbus’s journey.
“What is the library doing to honor this event?”
During Hispanic Heritage Month, the library will have several displays of books and media by prominent Hispanics and about various Hispanic cultures. We encourage you to borrow these materials and learn more about this rich heritage.
We will also be honoring Hispanic Heritage Month here on this site, with articles and reblogs. If you would like to contribute a guest post, please contact the site administrator at rbrothers[AT]oakwood[dot edu].