By Erasmo Rodriguez Gonzalez
SAN ANTONIO—Hispanic Heritage Month is a month for some Hispanics so that they can celebrate their cultures, heritage, and history. But what is Hispanic Heritage Month? Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States. It recognizes American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 and ends on October 15. It lasts 30 days and is the same dates every year. It begins on September 15 because for most Latin countries, such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, it is the day where these countries celebrate their independence. Mexico and Chile celebrate their country’s independence the following day. The starting day is a fair day to begin the month since it’s a date where most of the Latin countries get to celebrate their own country’s independence.
How did Hispanic Heritage Month even become such a thing? The man to thank for that is former president Ronald Reagan, who made this happen in 1988 and has ever since been celebrated, but it first began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 by former President Lyndon B. Johnson.
For a school like Our Lady of the Lake University where the minority is the majority, the school recognizes Hispanic heritage month by hosting several events throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. It kicked the month by hosting an event called “Los Mariachis” which was hosted at Sacred Heart Chapel by having the festive Misa de Mariachi.
The “La Quinceanera” event was on September 25th and was hosted at the Library Community Room where an art exhibit occurred that featured the work by OLLU Alumnus Hector Garza. The school even provided screenings of movies throughout the month.