Hispanic Heritage Month in Bloomington


Molly Wagschal, Editor

September 15 has commenced National Hispanic Heritage Month, which will run until October 15. The month contains the independence dates of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Chile and Mexico, and it is a great time to reflect on and honor the contributions that members of the Hispanic community have made to the United States.

If you are interested in celebrating Hispanic history and culture, there will be several events to attend throughout the month! These are all open to the public.

The annual Fiesta del Otoño will take place on September 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Showers Plaza. Festivities will include live music, dancing, face painting and other children’s activities, and food tasting. The official theme of this year’s Fiesta del Otoño is “muchas culturas, muchas historias,” or “many cultures, many stories.”

La Casa, Indiana University’s Latino cultural center, will be hosting “IU Late Nite: Big Friday National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration” on September 29 at the Indiana Memorial Union. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. there will be interactive Latino cultural activities.

Additionally, the Monroe County Public Library will hold a Hispanic Heritage celebration on October 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This will be a great way to wrap up this year’s festivities.

Feel free to check out these events, y ¡que tengan un buen mes de la Herencia Hispana!