Proud Hispanic By: Dulcemaria Carrillo

The diversity of cultures throughout our school is huge, something that brings us together as a Purple. Culture is the way of living and beliefs of a person. Everyone has different beliefs and ways of living, no matter where students are from. Hispanic Heritage is very common in the U.S.A., but it is also known throughout the whole world. In 1968, Hispanic Heritage celebrations started by lasting a week every year in September. In 1988, twenty years later, the celebration expanded to a whole month dedicated to those who are proud Hispanics. September 15 marks the Independence Day of many Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, México, and many others. It particularly celebrates the arts and cultures of many countries which are celebrated in different ways.

“On September 15th we do a festival in which we celebrate our independence. We dance all night and day and just enjoy time with our family,” says Alberto Cruz, a Bowling Green Junior High School 8th grade student from El Salvador.

“We celebrate with many lovely people and we are all in peace and very happy,” says Raul Garcia, a BGJHS 8th grader.

Garcia thinks that celebrating his country’s independence is a very important to him and his family.

“My cousins, aunts, grandmother and grandfather, and many others are in El Salvador, I have a pretty big family,” says Orlando Xavier, a seventh grade student who, next to his parents, left his country

People sacrifice their lives trying to have a new start and live in a better way. Everyone is invited to be part of a celebration like this. In fact, to celebrate people don’t actually have to be hispanic. Maybe people like the culture and the way others celebrate around the world. But the people who make this happen every year are proud Hispanics who do everyday positive  that makes their heritage and country proud.


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