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What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Apicha Community Health Center Sep 25, 2018  

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From September 15 to October 15, Hispanic and Latino communities in the United States celebrate and embrace their heritage. And in New York City -- one of the most culturally diverse places in the country -- there are plenty of ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. 

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as a way to celebrate the independence of several Latin and South American countries. The 15th of September marks the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. September 16, 18, and 21 mark the independence of Mexico, Chile, and Belize, respectively. 

According to the official site, National Hispanic Heritage Month aims to celebrate the "histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America."

Why does it matter?

With over 5.6 million Hispanics and Latinos living in the United States, Hispanic Heritage is a meaningful celebration of culture and identity. Regardless of whether someone is an immigrant or not, Hispanic Heritage Month offers the perfect platform for Hispanics and Latinos to recognize and embrace their identity.

What is Hispanic, and who does it include?

This is sometimes a confusing question to answer. Many people think the term Hispanic and Latino are interchangeable, when they actually aren't. To put it simply, Hispanic refers to any country where Spanish is spoken, and Latino refers to anyone from Latin America. For example, someone from Brazil is Latino, but not Hispanic because they speak Portuguese and not Spanish.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events in NYC:

1. Hispanic Heritage Parade:

What: This annual parade celebrates Hispanic Heritage and the many different Hispanic and Latino cultures thriving in NYC.

When: Sunday, October 7, 2018

Where: The parade will take place on 5th Avenue from 44th to 69th Street.

2. Cardi B at Global Citizen's Fest

What: At this free concert, Bronx-native Cardi B will be performing, along with other artists like Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Janelle Monae, and John Legend.

When: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 2 pm

Where: The Great Lawn at Central Park. 

3. Watch "Coco" in the park!

What: Come watch this Oscar-winning animated film at Fort Greene Park. The film follows Miguel, a young  boy who loves music, as he embarks on an extraordinary journey to the land of his ancestors to discover the real story behind his family’s ban on music.

When: Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 6:45 p.m.8:45 p.m.

Where: The Lawn at Myrtle Avenue and North Portland Avenue in Fort Greene Park.

4. Panamanian Parade

What: A parade celebrating Panama and its people, culture, and history.

When: Saturday, October 6, 2018

Where: In Crown Heights, along Franklin Avenue from Bergen Street to President Street, and then along President Street to Classon Avenue, ending in a street fair at Eastern Parkway. (Please note this information is from last year's parade, as there is no updated information for this year's a parade.)

5. Dominican Parade

What: A parade celebrating Dominican culture, people, and history. 

When: October 7, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Where: On 37th Avenue, and will run from 69th Street to 86th Street.


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