Spanish History Month


Wyatt Boyett (Senior), Editor

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.

“Spanish history month hasn’t been a big part of my life but that doesn’t mean I don’t still talk about it with my family and take the opportunity to have a reminder of my culture’s roots,” said Sophomore Aroni Hernandez.

Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.

“When learning about Spanish History month in Spanish class there was a lot that I didn’t know before, people like Frida Kahlo who made a big impact stuck out,” said Sophomore Ylljon Emerllahu.

The start of Spanish history month began with President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. Which September 15 also is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

“One of our family’s favorite traditions is to just cook a ton of food together and enjoy an excuse to get together as a family,” said Sophomore Jorge Malagon.

Families can celebrate Hispanic heritage by learning more about the communities, celebrations, and traditions of Latinos around the world. Hands-on activities can be another great way to connect with your own family’s history and traditions. How about cooking some Venezuelan arepas, Argentinian asado, or a recipe from your childhood?

“I feel as if cultural remembrance and the importance of your routes should be remembered and the idea of a cultural history month is exactly what keeps those routes alive,” said senior Luis Chavez.