Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in Virginia

Cheryl E Preston

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Virginia celebrates Hispanic Heritage month

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to August 15 because this covers several historical events that are important to Latino Americans. These include the independance days of
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on the 15th, Mexico on the 16th, and Chile on the 18. Columbus Day or Día de la Raza AKA is observed on October 12th. The Commonwealth of Virginia acknowledges Latino contributions in several ways.

Virginia.gov shines the spotlight on the history, culture, and contributions of Virginians who trace their roots to "Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean". The website lists a number of Hispanics both past and present whose contributions are considered noteworthy, In addition, there is a list of events throughout the state that observe Hispanic Heritage month. Activities began on September 15 but there are still a few that are upcoming for those living in the Roanoke. Richmond, and Williamsburg vacinities.

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Obsevances in the Commonwealth

On September 30th from 3-5 p.m there will be a film festival at the Williamsburg Regional Library at 315 Scotland Ave. On October 1st there will be a Hispanic Heritage Festival in Roanoke from noon until 3 p.m. at 10 South Jefferson Street at the Wells Fargo Plaza. Also on October 1st there will be a Viva RVA Hispanic music festival in Richmond from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

On October 15 The Science Muuseum at 2500 West Broad St.in RIchmond will celebrate Hispanic Heritage from 9?30-5;00 p.m. and from October 10-16 Virginia will observe Restaurant week and across the state Latin cousine will be celebrated.

Virginia.gov says the first observance of Hispanic Heritage Month was in 1968 and cstarted out as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B Johnson. In 1988 it was expanded by President Ronald Reagan to cover the 30-day period between Sept. 15 and October 15 and enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988.

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