Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15, recognizing the contributions and influence that Hispanic Americans have made upon the culture and achievements in the United States. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson created Hispanic Heritage Week, later expanding to a month-long celebration in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan.
The initial meaning behind Hispanic Heritage Week was to encompass September 15, Independence Day in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, September 16, Independence Day in Mexico and September 18, Independence Day in Chile. It was decided to be celebrated over a month to include October 12, which most Americans know as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In Latin America, October 12 has a different commemoration, celebrating Día de la Raza or Day of the Race, recognizing the diversity in Latin America.
Ways to Celebrate
Empower Hispanic and locally owned businesses in Greater Palm Springs.
Make a stop for coffee at Sixth St. Coffee or Everbloom Coffee. Visit Las Tres Conchitas Bakery for freshly baked goods and Jalisco, whose doors have been open since 1971, for authentic Mexican plates. Enjoy some delicious Mexican food at any of these local restaurants; some have been around for generations. Las Carretas Taco Shop, Guacamoles, Taqueria Sinaloense, El Ranchito, Las Casuelas Original, Delicias and so many more. Find more Mexican cuisine restaurants in Greater Palm Springs here.
Participate in Hispanic Heritage Month Reading Challenge put on by Palm Springs Public Library. Learn more about the Hispanic culture, log your reading and complete activities to earn celebratory badges all month long.
Take some time to explore the beautiful, story-telling murals that cover Greater Palm Springs. You can learn so much history from a painting, such as who built up the community and what they did. You can click here to tour the murals (or do so virtually)!
Early years in the Coachella Valley
Looking back many years, most of Coachella Valley's earliest immigrants sought refuge here as they were escaping the political violence and economic instability as a result of the Mexican Revolution. Following this was that Cristero Revolution, leading to more immigrants seeking a safe place to live and find work. As years went on and the railroad was built, more people settled into the Coachella Valley.
Standing out with their success in the valley is the Delgado Family. Dating back to 1958, Maria and Florencio Delgado brought their mother's recipes from Arizona to Palm Springs, where they opened up the Original Las Casuelas. They have since opened more locations in Greater Palm Springs, still serving the same recipes from Maria Fajardo, the Delgado Family matriarch.