Friday, September 15, 2017

National Hispanic Heritage Month

The City of Holyoke is happy to announce the celebration of the month long National Hispanic Heritage Month. We invite everyone to participate and learn about the varied Hispanic cultures being celebrated as well as recognizing their contributions to our City.

This year will mark the fourth anniversary the event has been held in Holyoke. The “kick-off” for the celebrations will be this Monday, September 18th at 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM in front of City Hall.

Mayor Alex Morse will dedicate this month of celebration in memory of Daniel Escobar and Jafet Robles-- two local leaders who worked hard to make their communities better. This ceremony will also feature live music by the Mariachi group “Son De Mi Tierra”

The Hispanic Heritage Month was first started in 1968 and is currently celebrated nation wide. The National Hispanic Heritage Month goes from September 15th to October 15th starting at a day in which five separate Latin American nations celebrate their Independence: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico’s Independence, September 16, also falls during Hispanic Heritage Month as does “Dia de la Raza” (Columbus Day) on October 12.

Many other events are being planned throughout the month such as film screenings, art shows, poetry exchanges, a street performance of music and dance.

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