Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual event celebrating the richness of Latino culture and honoring our heritage. Each year from September 15 through October 15, Latino heritage is recognized, along with the achievements of Latinos in history. It’s a wonderful time to pass on the beauty of Latino culture to our Rayito de Sol children of Latino descent and expose all our children at Rayito de Sol to learn about a diverse group of people and new cultures.
• Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18.
• According to the latest population statistics, speaking Hispanics now comprise 15% of the US population, with about 45 million. The Hispanic presence in the public service and private enterprise is becoming more prominent. Statistical projections estimate that the Hispanic population and Spanish speakers by 2050, have passed the 130 million mark, transforming the United States in the country world's largest Spanish-language
• There are 1.1 million Hispanic veterans of the U.S. armed forces.
• The Hispanic family is a close-knit group and the most important social unit. The family unit usually extends beyond the nuclear family.
• Hispanics usually place great value on appearance as a sense of honor, dignity and pride.
• From 1998 to 1999 to 2008 to 2009, the number of associate's degrees earned by Hispanics more than doubled (increasing by 101 percent) During the same time period, the number of bachelor's degrees awarded Hispanic students increased by 85 percent.