In the U.S., Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize the members of our society who share a Hispanic background, or heritage from a Spanish-speaking country.
Why is September 15th – October 15th Hispanic Heritage Month?
In mid-September, Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain. But, Mexico is not the only country that celebrates its Independence Day in September. In fact, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, and Nicaragua all celebrate Independence days this month too. These countries all celebrate Independence days on or around September 15th.
Why should I care?
It’s no doubt that the Spanish language has had a significant presence in the United States for years. In the American Southwest region, this is especially apparent. California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico were all part of New Spain for approximately 300 years. So, it only makes sense that architecture, city names, and the overall culture have a Hispanic influence.
Today, the Hispanic population is more present than ever. Based on recent U.S. Census Statistics:
- More than 13% of residents speak Spanish at home.
- The Hispanic population is the largest U.S. ethnic/racial minority.
- Hispanics made up 18.3% of the 2018 U.S. population.
- 10 states are home to over 1 million Hispanic residents, including California, Florida, and New York.
This month is a time to recognize the contributions of our Hispanic peers, family, friends, and coworkers and seek to understand ways to improve our relationships with them.
As a language service provider, we think it’s important for us to find ways to include and effectively communicate with the Spanish-speaking members of our society.
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! ¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!