Hispanic Heritage Month is observed every year between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. The month-long celebration began in 1968. President Lyndon Johnson passed a law in order to enact Hispanic Heritage Month. The month honors and recognizes the contributions made by Hispanics/Latino Americans. The month correlates with the Independence Day of seven Latin American countries and Columbus Day. I personally do not observe any of these dates.
According to the Hispanic Heritage Month website, about 55 million Hispanics/Latinos reside in the United States. An additional 4 million live in Puerto Rico. This includes about 17 percent of the U.S. population.
El Paso will celebrate the month with various lectures at the University of Texas-El Paso and El Paso Community College. The El Paso Playhouse will perform Federico Garcia-Lorca’s Bodas de Sangre (Blood Weddings) in English and Spanish. A Mexican food cookoff was held in Downtown El Paso yesterday afternoon.
Life of an El Paso Woman will feature posts about Hispanic events, movies, etc. throughout the month-long celebration.
Photo from Hispanic Heritage Month website