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Holidays and Observances

Equity work begins at home, but it is important to spend some time reflecting on perspectives that may not be our own. To that end, we will highlight holidays and celebrations from all over the world, as well as closer to home, which include famous people, important artifacts, and resources.

Hispanic Heritage Month

 

Every year, from September 15th - October 15th, the United States celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long observance that celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The start date of September 15th coincides with the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their Independence Days on September 16th and 18th, respectively.

Indigenous People’s Day falls on October 10th (also known as Dia de la Raza, or Day of the Race). Dia de la Raza honors and celebrates countries and people who Spain and other European countries conquered.

The City of Revere has a broad Hispanic community, comprised of those born here and immigrants from countries such as Peru, Columbia, Honduras, and Guatemala. Most Hispanic countries have representation in our city.

Revere is an incredibly diverse community, with over 60 spoken languages. 32.08% of the population of Revere speaks Spanish fluently! (2020 Census)

Food is an important part of any culture, and the restaurants in Revere reflect its diverse population. Hispanic food of all varieties can easily be found within the 10.3m² of the city.

Some notable Hispanic Americans include Sandra Sotomayor (the first Hispanic person to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court), Roberto Clemente (the first Latino player inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame), Ellen Ochoa (the first Hispanic women to go to space), and Carlos Santana (10 time Grammy Winning songwriter and guitarist.)

Notable Hispanic Americans

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we interviewed City of Revere Human Resources Director Claudia Correa, Revere High School Deputy Principal Caitlin Reilly, and Revere High School Family Liaison Sandra Figueroa, to find out what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them and how we can all celebrate.



Take some time between September 15th and October 15th to learn more about Hispanic Heritage and the history of Hispanic American culture.

For day-by-day events during Hispanic Heritage Month, visit this resource: Library of Congress