Starting September 15th and ending October 15th the month long celebration that recognizes the contributions Hispanic and Latino Americans have made in America and around the world will be honored. This month we celebrate their heritage, bringing to life their unique culture, incredible tasting food, famous actors, athletes and entertainers. Latinos have helped shape America into the cultural melting pot it is today.
The Hispanic culture has taught us a lot and contributed so much to our country, they have shown us what a strong commitment to family looks like, why faith is so important, their dedication to hard work and service. All of which have helped our country become what it is today.
1968 is when we as country began to recognize what an important role Hispanics were playing in this world. Annually since then on September 15, we celebrate the anniversary of five Latin American countries that have gained their independence: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Today 57.5 million people in America are of Latino or Hispanic origin nearly 18% of the population. To put this number in perspective in 2000 the Hispanic population was 35.3 million.
As an American born male I want to thank all Hispanic and Latino Americans for everything you have done and sacrificed to make America a better place. I have a few Hispanic friends I am so grateful to have in my life, they have showed me how to throw a party, how to Bachata (Dance), and have introduced my tastebuds to some incredible flavors. Enjoy some pictures of some of the people who have helped to shape the culture, some food you have to try, and some dance moves.
(All Images Courtesy Of Google Images, Video From Youtube)