Fiesta de Las Américas and more!
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month,
from Paol TANGUY, LFSF Spanish Teacher
¡Hola a Todos!
¿Qué tal la Fiesta de las Américas, el sábado pasado en el barrio de la Mission?
Check out the video extract posted on Calle 24's facebook account about the event happening on SEPT 18 in the Mission District.
The Celebration of the Americas is held in San Francisco and more widely in SF Bay Area and throughout the USA each year during this period and corresponds to:
- Hispanic Heritage Month which begins on September 15 and therefore lasts until October 15, and includes Columbus Day / Indigenous Day (October 11 and 12), among others;
- the independence of several Central American countries, including Mexico which celebrated its national day on September 16.
The independence started with Cry for Independence (el grito de independencia mexicano), the evening before, on September 15, which is traditionally organized on the town hall square at SF City Hall. However the event is cancelled this year again because of Covid. Watch this quick video to see what this event looks like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XCuqrpA770&t=2251s
This "cry" was uttered by Miguel Hidalgo on the night of September 15-16, 1810, in the town of Dolores. In San Francisco, the name of the park Dolores Park, where you can find the statue of Mr. Hidalgo and a replica of the bell of the Church of Dolores (which Hidalgo rang to call for insurrection, therefore makes perfect sense), pays tribute to that historical event.
Discover the full schedule of the various cultural events that will take place weekly until October 15 (and even the annual calendar of latinos events), here are some quick links:
- program per day: https://latinbayarea.com/
- and also: https://latinbayarea.com/event/2019-latino-independence-events-in-bay-area/
- hispanic heritage month: https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/
- finally, annual Latin cultural program on SF, on: https://www.calle24sf.org/en/events/
Enjoy it, y ¡que viva la esencia latina! ;-)