Celebrating our Hispanic heritage

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During this past month, Americans have observed National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

According to its website (hispanicheritagemonth.gov), the observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15.

The day of Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatem ala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Locally, on Saturday, Oct. 30, the Mohawk Valley Latino Association (MVLA) will hold its 17th Annual Gala at Valentino’s Banquet Hall, 3899 Oneida St., New Hartford, from 6 until 11 p.m. The event is held each year to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and to honor small local Latino businesses and MVLA volunteers and supporters.

This year’s celebration will culminate the 2021 Annual Hispanic Heritage month events for MVLA. The entertainment will be provided by DeeJaay Richy “En La Mezcla (In the Mix),” local singer and 2019 “Tengo Talento, Mucho Telento” contestant Ashlee Zayas-Colon and other surprise artists. Tickets can be purchased at www.mvlautica.org/events or by calling our offices at 315-864-8419. This year’s celebration will honor several local Latino businesses: CC Hair Salon, Summit Roofing, Mohawk Valley Granite, Sabor Latinos/Unico Sabor Latino Restaurants.

For more information check out the website, which is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

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