Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. We celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The reason for those dates is because most Latin American countries won their Independence during this time.
This month is fun for me because not only do I get to teach people about my Mexican Heritage, but I also take time to connect with my roots. My family is from the state of Jalisco, which is known for the best tequila and the best mariachi in the country. Our traditional dance is Zapateado (Stopping). You probably have seen the guys with the big sombreros and the girls wearing big colorful dresses. Each state in Mexico has its own traditional food, its own traditional dance, and its own fashion. I find that very interesting. During this month, I get to see Aztec Dancers, try different type of food that I never heard of before, and I get to do some salsa dancing while enjoying some sweet agave nectar or like we call it here in America: Tequila Shots. I encourage all of you to step out of your comfort zone, look for events that are happening in your communities and take part in the festivities. Trust me, you will not regret it. A few margaritas and some salsa dancing never hurt anyone.
My grandfather used to say, “In order to know where you are going, you must first know where you come from” and I could not agree more. By embracing our differences and learning from each other, only then can we set an example for others to follow. Many people like to focus on things that makes us different. I like to focus on things that makes us similar. Enjoy the festivities and thank you for reading.