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Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 3:51pm

In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson established Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize and celebrate the cultures of Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and Spanish-speaking regions and countries of Central and South America. The week long event was expanded to 30 days in 1988 by President Reagan and National Hispanic Heritage Month is now celebrated annually from September 15- October 15. UGA will present events throughout the month the highlight the rich culture that forms such an important part of the vibrant American fabric:

Sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, an area studies unit of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the month-long celebration held nationally from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 honors the contributions of Hispanic-Americans in the U.S. while highlighting the diverse heritage and cultures of Latin America.

The celebration will begin with the annual LACSI Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta on Sept. 13 from 3-6 p.m. in the LACSI office at 290 S. Hull St. The fiesta will include live music performed by the Athens Tango Project, Aztec dance and music performed by Chicahua Yolotli, martial art demonstration by Capoeira and traditional Brazilian food.

The list of activities is detailed at the link. Take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to enjoy and celebrate the food, language, music and art of Central and South America.

Image: Diego Rivera Dance in Tehuantepec (Baile in Tehuantepec), 1928.

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