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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Raleigh Parks

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. 

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Source

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Raleigh Parks by learning interesting facts and highlighting important stories of the Latinx community!

We'll update this page throughout the month with more to celebrate. Stay tuned!

An Interview with Oscar Carmona

Oscar Carmona

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we sat down with Oscar Carmona, Director of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) department since January 2020. He reflects on his Texas roots, highlights of his new role, and what being the first Latinx director of Raleigh PRCR means to him.

Read the Full Interview Here

Story Time: "If I Were a Pair of Maracas" by Bedoor Khalaf

Enjoy story time from Play Anywhere Raleigh of "If I Were a Pair of Maracas" by Bedoor Khalaf!

Story Time: "If I Were a Pair of Maracas" by Bedoor Khalaf

Enjoy story time with a reading of "If I Were a Pair of Maracas" by Bedoor Khalaf.

Raleigh Tamale Festival 2019

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we'll be highlighting some interesting facts about the Raleigh Tamale Festival. While we can't wait for the festival to be back in 2021, we want to celebrate virtually the important culture that makes it special.

  • Tamales are typical in Mesoamerican culture. Mesoamerican is approximately central Mexico through Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and northern Costa Rica.
  • Mexico, which is comprised of 31 states, has clothing style that changes as per region and climatic conditions. Customs and traditions are exclusive to each state. 
  • In Mesoamerica and Central American, the women typically wear long dresses which are handmade with different colors.
  • “Lucha Libre,” the term used in Mexico for professional wrestling, dates back to 1863 and features colorful masks, flamboyant personalities and lots of spandex.
  • Although the origins of Mariachi music dates back hundreds of years, in the form we know it the Mariachi began in the nineteenth century in the center-west of Mexico. 
  • The Mariachi was the distinctive version of the Spanish theatrical orchestra of violins, harp and guitars which developed in and around Jalisco. 
  • The Mariachi music is of the country people, it celebrates their struggles, joys and growth of the people.  
  • Mariachi music is often present at important events and celebrations in the lives of the Latino people. It is common to listen to the mariachis at baptisms, weddings, on holidays, and even at funerals.