In Spanish-speaking countries, one of the most important celebrations is called a quinceñera, from the word quince, which means “fifteen” and años, which means “years.” It is a rite of passage celebration for young girls on their fifteenth birthdays. The tradition dates all the way back to the time of the Azetcs, who had celebrations to prepare young women for the responsibilities and duties they would face in adulthood, while also instructing the girls on how to maintain the Aztec traditions and culture. In colonial times, people held similar formal celebrations for girls of an age to be married. At a certain age, girls were separated from other children and taught about their future and what roles they would play in the family and community. Local people would thank God for blessing a future wife and mother, and the young woman made a promise to serve her community. A church service soon became an integral part of the entire event.
Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county. The Hispanic community in the United States has grown extensively during the last decades, and it is the largest minority that continues to grow.
By Angela Padrón
The concept of family is very important in Hispanic cultures. In Latin American countries, the idea of being part of a family unit is at the center of people’s lives. The needs of the family are generally placed above those of individuals. Families support each other financially and emotionally. Members of Hispanic families tend to be very close knit. In many homes, there could be two or three generations of family members living together or at least near each other. Grandparents are highly respected and play a major role in the lives of their younger family members. Their years of experience and vast knowledge are well valued. As a result, the younger generations learn about cooperation, responsibility, respect for authority, and respect for family members.
Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.
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