Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Freddimir Garcia

As we enter Hispanic Heritage Month, we come together not only to celebrate the rich history, vibrant cultures, and significant contributions of Hispanic individuals to our society, but also to recognize the deep personal connection many of us have to this celebration. This month, observed from Sept. 15th to Oct. 15th, is a time to honor the journey of Hispanic Americans, including my own Dominican heritage, and to celebrate the profound impact of Hispanic cultures on our lives.

My Dominican heritage holds a special place in my heart, and I encourage each of you to reflect on the unique stories and traditions that shape your own cultural identity. During Hispanic Heritage Month, I often take the time to reflect on my Dominican roots, beginning with the food—from tostones to a hearty sancocho, which I recently had as my wife and I recovered from COVID. That’s what we consider as the remedy to any illnesses.

Like many other cultures, the kitchen is a place of connection, where we not only enjoy delicious meals but also share stories, laughter, and memories that tie us closer together. Lastly, music is also sacred to who we are from a four-step bachata, fast-paced merengue, or smooth salsa. Finding the song with the right lyrics, tempo, or rhythm that speaks to you is a big part of our heritage.

I encourage each of you to take this time to engage and learn something about Hispanic heritage, and reflect on your own heritage and the synergies of who we are as people. Embracing our cultural roots enriches our lives and deepens our understanding of the diverse tapestry of this country. Some notable Hispanic figures who have shaped our country include individuals like: Cesar Chavez, Sonia Sotomayor, Roberto Clemente, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, Jorge Ramos and Lin Lin-Manuel Miranda. He is at the top of my list lately with the Disney movie “Encanto”—a viewing staple at home with our two girls.

Let’s use these next few weeks to dive into the culture by:

EDUCATING: Take the time to learn about the history, cultures, and achievements of Hispanic and Latinx communities. Share this knowledge with your colleagues, friends, and family.

CELEBRATING: Attend events, workshops, and discussions that highlight Hispanic and Latinx contributions. Celebrate the diversity within our community.

SUPPORTING: Visit and support Hispanic and Latinx-owned businesses, organizations, and initiatives. Contribute to efforts that uplift these communities.

By celebrating our diverse heritages and fostering a sense of unity, we strengthen our real estate community and build bridges that connect us in meaningful ways. Let us continue to embrace the beauty of our shared humanity and the array of cultures that enrich our lives.

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors is hosting an International Night on Sept. 21st where we will be spotlighting Hispanic Heritage Month during our program filled with speakers, food, and music. To register, please visit:  https://www.hgar.com/event/international-night-a-celebration-of-cultures-and-cuisines.

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Those countries include: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month, go to: https://www.oprahdaily.com/life/a28134135/hispanic-heritage-month/

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