Midstate Hispanic Heritage Day festivities coming Sunday

Staff reportSeptember 25, 2013 

Midstate Hispanic Heritage Day festivities coming Sunday

Hispanic Heritage Day will be observed at Smiley’s Flea Market on Sunday, and Middle Georgia residents are invited.

The celebration, organized by ¿Qué Pasa?, a monthly Hispanic newspaper based in Macon, will begin at 11:30 a.m. The day will include different kinds of music, dancing and more.

Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the history, cultures and contributions of American citizens who trace their ancestry to Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Hispanic Heritage Week began under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and was expanded under President Ronald Reagan to 30 days.

Sept. 15 was chosen as the start date because of its significance as the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Hispanic-Latinos -- more than 50 million people -- are the largest racial minority in the U.S.

Smiley’s Flea Market is located 6717 Hawkinsville Road, near Middle Georgia Regional Airport.

For more information, call the office of ¿QuéPasa? at 478-227-3610.

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