The Houston Independent School District is observing Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanics and Latinos to the U.S.
Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off September 15 with the anniversary of the 1821 independence day of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (known back then as the Captaincy General of Guatemala or Kingdom of Guatemala,) and goes through Oct. 15. Belize, Chile, and Mexico also commemorate their independence during September. Throughout the month, a variety of events showcasing performances, music festivals, food tastings, art shows, and many other displays of the rich Hispanic culture can be observed in schools across the district.
“Hispanic Heritage Month is truly a time to celebrate — especially in Houston, a truly global city known for its rich diversity and culture,” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said. “In HISD, we are proud of our diversity and thrilled to take part in recognizing the many wonderful contributions of our Hispanic community.”
Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ll be highlighting an interesting fact from each Latin-American country, to share a little bit more about their history. So stay tuned! And check back daily to see which country will be spotlighted next. Then join the conversation on social media and tell us your favorite reason to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
And Central America was born…
Viva Mexico! Celebrating 205 years of Independence
Argentina: Tango, Soccer, Gauchos, and more!
Chile: Country of Poets
Belize: Barrier reef, rainforest, Maya heritage
Bolivia: Rich in natural resources and biodiversity
Colombia: Biodiversity, emeralds, and the greatest storyteller!
Costa Rica: Adventure-filled, eco-friendly, and unique!
Cuba: Turquoise beaches, ‘Son’ rhythm, and more!
El Salvador: Land of volcanoes, coffee, and surf
Ecuador: Rivers, nature, and bananas!
Spain: Tapas, soccer, and flamenco
Guatemala: Mayan heritage, archeology, and crafts
Honduras: Mountains, a biosphere reserve, and culture
Nicaragua: Land of lakes, volcanoes, and poets
Panama: Culture, skyline, and the crossroads of the world
Paraguay: Guaraní culture and hydroelectric resources
Peru: Ancient cultures, colonial architecture, and a multiethnic melting pot
Puerto Rico: Baseball, blue flag beaches, and forts
Dominican Republic: Where it all started!
Uruguay: Natural beauty, music, and high-tech farming
Venezuela: Joropo, oil, and the world’s highest waterfall