Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Latina/o Heritage Month: Las Caras de America

Latina/o or Hispanic Heritage Month is nationally celebrated in the United States from September 15-October 15th. In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. The celebration was extended to a month in 1988.

Many people wonder why the celebration crosses the middle of September to the middle of October. This was done in honor of the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16th and September 18th, respectively. Click here to learn more about the history of this month.

The University of Chicago will be celebrating Latina/o Heritage events in the month of October. Las Caras de America program is an annual event that provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the Latina/o culture. With film screenings, workshops, presentations, games, and dancing, there is something for everyone. Click here for more information on campus celebrations.

Chicago is a great city for every celebration, so Latina/o Heritage Month is no exception! Events can be found here for the Luna Negra Theater Group, a local Chicago theater group. There are also events at many of the local colleges and universities. The University of Illinois has some great events coming up; please visit their website for more information.