Hispanic Heritage

September 15 - October 15

"The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period."

Explore the videos below and check out the Resources page for more information.  

 

Cinco de Mayo, the "5th of May" 

This holiday started in celebration of the Mexican Army's victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. In the United States, the holiday celebrates the culture and heritage of the Mexican people. 

 

Spanish language resources are also available in this collection. 

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Corn or Maize | Periscope
Corn or Maize | Periscope

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Corn, or maize, is an important part of the Hispanic diet. In fact, the corn we eat today was developed by Indians living in Southern Mexico over 7,000 years ago.
Comamos | Periscope
Comamos | Periscope

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Comamos is the Spanish word for "let's eat." And what we eat tells people a lot about who we are. Food is a way of life, and the foods we eat reveal our heritage, where we live, and our beliefs. You...
Celebrating the Culture of Mexico | Periscope
Celebrating the Culture of Mexico | Periscope

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Folk dancing is a source of national pride in Mexico. For Seira, folk dancing represents a part of her Hispanic heritage that she believes her new friends in South Carolina will enjoy and learn from...
Seira Came from Veracruz, Mexico | Periscope
Seira Came from Veracruz, Mexico | Periscope

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Seira moved to South Carolina from the state of Veracruz, Mexico. In Veracruz, she developed an interest in music and art at a very young age. Her parents encouraged her to take piano and art lessons...
Seira: Folk Dancer | Periscope
Seira: Folk Dancer | Periscope

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Seira has made many new friends and has adjusted well to her new home in South Carolina, but she misses the people and culture of Mexico. She introduces her new friends to her Hispanic heritage by...
Seira: Folk Dancer | Periscope
Seira: Folk Dancer | Periscope

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Seira and her family moved to South Carolina from Mexico four years ago. She left behind many friends and family members. At 13 years old, she realized that it would be a challenge to adjust to her...