National Hispanic Heritage Month, established in 1988 during President Ronald Reagan's tenure, pays tribute to the rich cultures, historical significance, and valuable contributions of people with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America. This annual observance spans from September 15 to October 15 and aligns with the independence anniversaries of several nations, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Notably, Mexico and Chile also commemorate their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively.
The Irving Demographic
As per the findings of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2021 American Community Survey, the Hispanic and Latino population in Irving stands at 109,851, accounting for 43% of the city's residents.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, the Irving Archives & Museum, 801 W. Irving Blvd., will open two special exhibitions presented in both English and Spanish, that run through Feb. 4:
- “Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Quiché Through Illustration” features a series of illustrations by Jaime Arredondo, a graduate of MacArthur High School and the University of Dallas. Inspired by the Mayan sacred text “Popol Vuh” depicting the creation of the universe and all living things, this exhibit showcases 65 illustrations, and it is the artist’s hope to generate a greater interest and defense of the art and culture of native and indigenous peoples.
- “Vestuarios de Ballet Folklórico/Fashion of Ballet Folklórico: Expressing Mexican Culture through Dance” will feature traditional outfits used for Ballet Folklórico, courtesy of Alegré Ballet Folklórico. Curated by longtime Folklórico dancer Dominique Avila Fleming, the exhibition will highlight several states of Mexico and the regalia used in the dances. Highly varied in style and dress, and based on geographic region, Ballet Folklórico is a tradition that tells stories of each region through dance.
Irving Public Libary Event
- Sept. 16 | Fiesta!
2:30 p.m. | South Irving Library | All ages
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Ballet Folklorico De Dos Tierras performance, craft activities, snacks and more.