Celebrating Diversity – September

September – National Hispanic Heritage Month (US) – It was initiated in 1968 as ‘National Hispanic Heritage Week’, and was established in 1988 by the U.S. Congress, and includes the days between September 15 – October 15.  Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 because this day marks the anniversary of the independence for five Hispanic countries – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  In addition, Mexico achieved independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.  Latinos from all across the nation take a moment to reflect upon their history, customs and culture, as well as the contributions their people have made to the U.S.

September – Sunrise Dance (Aboriginal Apache) – This is an ancient rite of passage for 14-year old girls and lasts for four days.  After a girl’s first menstruation, the girl is massaged and prayed for by an elder female relative.  Then, the girl’s family decides which ceremony will be sponsored, which medicine man to choose, and whom to ask to be her godparents and co-sponsors of the ceremony.

Source: www.multiculturalcalendars.com

Part of a posting series on multicultural events for 2009.

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