Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of all realms of Hispanic culture present today and historically in Pacific Grove and California.
As usual, this year, we have the annual Spanish Art competition, where students from Spanish and Art classes alike can test their artistic chops against their fellow classmates. The winners of this competition are currently being displayed in the Library, and will be there for a few weeks, for anyone interested in seeing the wide spectrum of artistic talent present at PGHS. In addition, the Culinary 2 classes are preparing a menu and a meal based off of a particular artist or painting and presenting it to be judged.
For the first time, the Orchestra is performing a series of Spanish dances and many different clubs (including the Spanish Club and the Gay/Straight Alliance club) have decorated the boards throughout the hallway. This year’s theme is Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead in English, a celebration of remembrance for those who have passed on which is recognized between October 31 and November 2.
So why is it important to celebrate Hispanic Heritage? The United States and California in particular has been heavily influenced by Spain and Latin America throughout its history. Even today, California has a high population of citizens who claim Mexican or Latin American descent. Celebrating other cultures allows us to look at the world through new eyes and it helps us to understand more about our history and discover new things about our culture that we have never experienced before.
Many thanks to Kathy Buller, who gave us information about PGHS’ involvement with Hispanic Heritage and some of the events which we are participating in this year.
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