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Jamaica/Fall Festival Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month

Jamaica/Fall Festival Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month
September 18
08:57 2021

By Claudia Azua, President of Palo Pinto LULAC Council

The Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Mineral Wells will host it’s annual festival celebrating Hispanic Heritage. The Jamaica/Fall Festival is today, September 18, 2021, from 4:00 pm-10:00 pm.

The event is loaded with activities for the whole family. There will be folkloric dancing, a cake walk, train rides, corn hole and lots of yummy food to fill your bellies at the event . Be sure and grab the kids and head to this cultural festival celebrating Fall and Hispanic heritage.

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture and contributions of Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a month-long celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor the history and contributions of Hispanics in the United States who come from diverse backgrounds and are woven into the beautiful fabric of our nation and American identity. It’s a time to recognize our Hispanic roots that run deep, all the way back to our indigenous ancestry, and celebrate the diversity, music, food, struggles, successes, dedication, and contributions that characterize Hispanic -American communities. Hispanics are teachers, lawyers, journalists, authors, artists, musicians, scientists, astronauts, programmers, developers, essential workers, educators, law makers, job creators, medical professionals, public servants, service members, veterans, and so much more. This month we tell the stories of Hispanic-Americans, and we celebrate the heroes in our own communities that are making a difference every single day.

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