New Mexico Democrats Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The Democratic Party of New Mexico is proud to celebrate diversity and to join in the observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, with the 2014 national theme,Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success.

We celebrate both the heritage, the achievements, and the ongoing contributions of our Hispanic communities, here in New Mexico, and throughout the United States, during this observance this month, and throughout the year.

We join in the national theme “Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success.” The theme recognizes the long history of leadership that people of Hispanic heritage have given to the nation in every field, here in New Mexico, and nationally. This year’s theme also looks to a strong future built on the foundation of the past.

We join in celebrating the diversity that we, as a nation, as a community organization, and as a political party must embrace, if we are to continue to ensure the future success of this great nation and remain a beacon of freedom to the rest of the world. We also celebrate the great cultural contributions Hispanic people have brought to the American quilt, and the ongoing economic contributions of those communities, which have greatly benefited all of us throughout our nation.

Each year, Americans observe Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors made a home in the American southwest, including New Mexico, and elsewhere in the United States, and those whose forebears came from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. On September 16, 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s El Grito de la Independencia, or “Cry of Independence,” began the long Mexican war for independence. Mexico’s Declaration of Independence fell on September 28, 1821. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.  Also, Columbus Day, which is celebrated as Día de la Raza in many Latin American nations, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

The observance started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15, annually. Hispanic Heritage Month as a national observance was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, with the passage and approval of Public Law 100-402.