This morning I had changua for breakfast. This typical breakfast soup is made with leche (milk), agua (water), cebolla (onion), cilantro, pan (bread) and un huevo tibio (a poached egg). Changua is a common Colombian dish that my parents served often. They are from Bogotá, so we often had other Colombian dishes, such as arepas and obleas with arequipe. Cuisine is just one aspect of my proud Colombian heritage.
I enjoy celebrating that heritage, especially during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which occurs each year from September 15 to October 15 and recognizes Spanish and Latin American culture and contributions to the United States.
The month-long celebration starts on independence day for several Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Other important anniversaries also occur during this month: Mexico’s independence day on September 16, Chile’s independence day on September 18, and Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) on October 12.
This year’s theme is “Shaping the Bright Future of America.” Curriculum Pathways offers many resources you can use during this annual commemoration.
- Guantanamera and Versos Sencillos
- La arquitectudra de Puerto Rico: Using the verb ser
- Borrowed Words
- Coming of Age in America
- Hispanic Murals as Public Art
Let’s all celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month!