Today, the month-long celebration to honor the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanics and Latinos to the U.S. comes to an end.
Over the past 30 days, we have highlighted more than 20 Spanish-speaking countries from Latin America and Europe, learning about their traditions, history, music, food, culture, and in many cases, their contributions to the world. Our schools have held a variety of events in celebration of this annual observance, including performances, music festivals, food tastings, art shows, and many other displays.
We hope you had an opportunity to experience one or more of them, to gain more knowledge about the rich diversity of Hispanic culture.
Did you know…? The reference to “Latin” America stems from the fact that the languages of many countries in the region are derived from Spanish, Portuguese, or French (considered “Romance” languages), all of which evolved from Latin.
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