Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic heritage month officially kicked off last week September 15 and continues through October 15. The reason it kicks off the 15 is because it coincides with the independence day of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their Independence Days soon after, on September 16 and respectively on September 18.Living in Southern California there is no denying the heavy Latino influence in our daily lives. According to PEW research Los Angeles County alone is home to 4.9 million Latino’s. Latino’s are from all over the world and range in cultural diversity rich in food, language, and art. Selena Quintanilla, who passed away 22 years ago, is credited as the trailblazer for Latino Americans. Her sudden and tragic death sparked the Latino explosion in the United States, with the first publication of “People En Español” and the launch of spanish TV network “Univision”. The recent unveiling of her wax figure in Madame Tussauds Wax museum and the announcement of her star on the Hollywood walk of fame, puts her in the ranks of Hollywood royalty. Selena’s legacy is a an important milestone in the Latino American culture, because she serves as a reminder of the influence Latino’s have. In one of the most unpredictable presidential elections of our time, the Latino vote has never been more politicized than ever.Whether you are Latino or not, it is important to understand the culture that influences our lives. Only in Los Angeles can you grab a churro on historic Olvera Street, dine on authentic “pupusas” at El Baron de Centro America on Pico Blvd, sip on Guatemala's best coffee at Tierra Mia, and cruise down to Santa Monica Pier streaming Julieta Venegas. We at Cashmere are excited to continue celebrating this month!