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Hispanic Heritage Month does not cover one single month but instead begins on September 15th and ends on October 15th. The timeframe of this month is significant because many Central American countries celebrate their independence days within these dates. Hispanic Heritage Month honors the resilience and determination of the Hispanic community. President Regan extended the holiday to a full month in late 1988.

Ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month is by indulging in foods like -Empanadas - These pastries can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients, including beef, chicken, cheese, and vegetables. Empanadas can also be sweet , and be treated as a dessert; they vary in many different latino/hispanic cultures .

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Listening to music like Selena the “ Queen on Tejano”. Songs like “ Como La Flor ‘’ and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom ‘’ are fan favorites and continue to play on mainstream radio even after 28 yrs of Selena’s untimely death .

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Learning about civil rights activists like Cesar Chavez who worked to improve working and living conditions for farm workers in the United States .

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Indulge in art from Mexican painter Frida Khalo who focused on self portraits , as well as work inspired by nature and articants from Mexican culture .

Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the unique voices and experiences of Hispanic/Latino Americans and recognize their history, journeys, and achievements.

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