Montgomery County has 20.1% of Hispanic/Latinx people, which is the largest Hispanic/Latinx community in Maryland. We have a lot to celebrate this month! Join MMCTV in learning about the Hispanic/Latinx community in Montgomery County and within America’s past, present, and future. Join the conversation on social media by sharing your own inspiration and learning more about Hispanic and Latino heritage by using #HispanicHeritageMonth.
I myself as a Chicana (a woman or girl of Mexican origin or descent) continue to expand my knowledge of the Hispanic/Latinx local and national community. One thing I get asked is, “What is the difference between Hispanic and Latino/a or Latinx?” I’m half Hispanic (a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country) not Latino/a or Latinx (a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a country in Latin America.) Latinx is a new gender-neutral, Pan-ethnic label describing the U.S. population of people tracing their roots to Latin America and Spain.
National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latinx Americans. We celebrate the heritage of Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean that have made a large impact on American society and culture. Since 1968, when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a month long celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15. During this month and throughout the year, we, and our partners, share history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latinx Americans of past and present.
National Hispanic Heritage Month always starts on September 15, a historically significant day that marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The designated period is also a nod to those from Mexico and Chile, which celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.
Learn more by visiting HispanicHeritageMonth.gov.