Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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Hispanic heritage month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15th,  and it focuses on our history and how Hispanics have helped shape the United states. Former president Gerald ford proclaimed September 10th-16th being national Hispanic heritage week in 1974. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402 to become a month long celebration. You are part of a very powerful, inspiring, and fastest growing minority group in the country.
Today, according to the CDC, the Hispanic population is roughly 54 million in the U.S. (CDC). Part of this population includes proud and successful Hispanic Americans with different cultural backgrounds.  In 2012, Mexicans made up 64% of the total U.S. population, followed by Puerto Ricans (9.4%), Salvadorans (3.8 %), Cubans (3.7%), Dominicans (3.1%), and Guatemalans (2.3%). Other Hispanic or Latino groups made up 13.7% of the total Hispanic population.
There are various ways to celebrate your culture during this month. From eating delicious food to celebrating your favorite cultural tradition, you can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month any way you like!
Comida
Food is a popular choice, especially when you have the opportunity to try different dishes from other cultures. Try a Peruvian style ceviche, which is usually seafood based, in a citrus salsa.Tasty appetizers like Cuban croquettes are lightly breaded and filled with common ingredients such as creamy cheese and ham. Simpler recipes can be a Mexican style quesadilla — a yummy, melty, cheesy treat that you can personalize to your taste. Have fun preparing meals like these con tu familia.
Musica
You do not have to throw a huge party to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month; nada malo en escuchar música to celebrate your heritage. Have a party or even d

 

ance contest while you enjoy some merengue, salsa, or bachata. Rockalingua is a dvd of Spanish music videos you can enjoy.
Outdoors
Enjoy the great outdoors while playing games inspired by your culture. Embrace each other with a game of el corazon de la piña. Donquijote.org suggests the worldwide popular and traditional Spanish game of rayuela, also known as “hop scotch”.
There are so many reasons to remember and appreciate your history.  Be even more creative this month, you can find craft ideas or even host a play with your amigos that captures  famous Hispanics or a historic event.

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