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What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
The Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) provides an opportunity to celebrate the family traditions of our heritage and roots. Celebrating our traditions and roots serves to reminisce and make known the ethnic diversity of the Hispanic nationalities. Among these traditions, we experience differences and similarities in food, music, art, and so on. Great opportunity to learn from one another and to share with non-Hispanic folks.
How do you celebrate/honor Hispanic Heritage Month?
Having being born and raised in Chile, I personally celebrate the HHM by getting together with my Chilean friends and sharing the variety of traditional food, drinks, and music, and sharing the traditions within our own families.
How do you connect Hispanic Heritage Month to your spiritual life?
Unfortunately, my individual experience was devoid of any spiritual connections. Other than celebrating life ceremonies based on religious traditions surrounding birth, marriage and end of life, these celebrations had little spiritual impact on my upbringing. However, individuals from other Hispanic countries may have a totally different understanding.
What do you want your brothers and sisters within the church to know and/or do about Hispanic Heritage Month?
I would like my brothers and sisters in Christ to learn about the variety of cultural similarities and differences among the Hispanic population, especially surrounding typical cuisine from each country. For example, the first time I tasted tacos, it was here in Indiana! :)