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National Hispanic Heritage Month

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hispaniccelebrate1.jpgThrough this blend of mixed heritage, we have become so fortunate to be able to experience a piece of everyone’s culture. Being Hispanic, I am grateful to be able to experience my roots here at home.  Plus in Chicago, where I live, there are so many communities of different ethnicities that celebrate their own cultures and customs.  In fact, Chicago is home to many communities like the Ukrainian Village, Greektown, Little Italy, Little Vietnam, and Lithuanian Plaza, and La Villita, just to name a few!

 

When someone is able to visit a new community, they are able to experience those countries’ culture. I’m always amazed at just how unique they are and how they differ from my own background.  However, the best way to experience something new is by enjoying the native food. If I ever want a delicious gyro, I go to Greektown.  If I’m feeling like Chinese food, then I’m off to China Town.  The city of Chicago makes a great effort to celebrate the different cultures and it is truly something great to be a part of.  Our diversity us brings closer and it is one of the many reasons why we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.  National Hispanic Heritage Month came about in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, so that Americans could honor the Spanish Community for their culture and contributions to the US.

 

Many events are planned all over the US to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month.  This past weekend, Chicago hosted a few parades in the Hispanic dominate communities.  One of them was La Villita, which celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day, celebrated on September 16. Spectators had a chance to celebrate by admiring the beautifully decorated floats, horses and tons of live music.

 

Did you celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month?

If so, what events happened or are happening in your area?

 

If you’re not Hispanic, tell me about your heritage and what it means to you!

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