Hispanic Heritage Month is a time of celebration for Hispanic and Latino Americans.
“Growing up, especially in high school for a lack of a better term, it was always very overlooked,” said student Ricardo Valencia. “As I get older really it means more and more to me because I see that more people care about it and that brings happiness and joy for me.”
Valencia’s parents are Hispanic but he was born in California. His parents made it a point to help Valencia remember his heritage through different cultural acts like Day of the Dead.
“Spanish being my first language,” Valencia explained. “I’m always involved in the culture. My mom makes sure that I participate in it.”
The Valencia family believes that Hispanic Heritage Month is not a celebration of them but of others around them.
“Both my parents being Mexican-born and me being American-born, there’s a little bit of a disconnect there in in the terms of what a Hispanic Heritage Month means to them.”
Valencia believes it’s important for non-Hispanic people to learn about Hispanic culture.
“The second most spoken language is Spanish and I believe the Mexican population and Hispanic in general is growing in the United States.”
Hispanic Heritage Month will last through Sunday, Oct 15.