As BFS begins its first full week of school of the new year, we are preparing to recognize and celebrate the breadth, power, and Wepa of Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month.
Although every day is a moment to celebrate the power of who we are, from September 15 through October 15, we “take up space” and highlight the resilience and contributions Latinx history, culture, and our communities. Latinx Heritage Month is a moment to honor the diverse global Diaspora, encompassing a multitude of countries, languages, and traditions as well as their resiliency, revolution, and power in the face of social justice, oppression, civil rights, and colonialism.
Beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week,” but it was later extended to a month in 1988. Since then, it has been celebrated nationwide through festivals, art shows, conferences, community gatherings, and much more.
The month also celebrates the independence days of several Latin American countries, including: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15th, Mexico on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th. They also include holidays that recognize Hispanic contributions such as Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Day that is celebrated in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
BFS will culminate its celebration at the Latinx Community Fiesta on Friday, October 13, from 5:30-8:00pm in the Lawrence Cafe. More information on this celebration will be coming in the coming days.