Ethnic Pride

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CULTURE
&
TRADITIONS

The term “Hispanic” is used in the United States to describe all people of Latino and Spanish descent.  It is a broad ethnic classification of people originating from over 20 countries in Central and South America.

HISTORY

Long before English immigrants came to North America, the Spanish had explored, settled, and claimed lands such as California and Florida.  The United States later annexed lands claimed by Mexico that are present-day Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and California. People of Latin American origin comprise of over 14% of the population of the United States and continues to be the fastest growing ethnic group.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. 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 starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.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. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.

UNIQUE CUSTOM
To attend a woman during delivery is a woman's job, mostly the job of her mother and midwife. Cultural tradition dictates that a husband does not see his wife or child until the delivery is over and both have been cleaned and dressed. In general, Hispanic women prefer that their mothers attend them in labor instead of their husband’s. Latin American women practice the custom of postpartum lying. This period is designed to give a woman the period of rest between...
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