EUGENE, Ore. — Dozens of people from the Latino community celebrated the start of Hispanic heritage month Sunday. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum at the University of Oregon was filled with music from a mariachi band and art from a number of Hispanic artists to showcase Latino culture.
The month of September celebrates the independence days of various Latino countries. Although most people at the celebration come from different countries, they share a common ground.
“Even though we may be from different countries, the culture’s the bridge. The language, the shared experiences, the history,” said Corvallis resident Norma Cardenas.
Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador all celebrated their independence Sunday. Later in the week both Mexico and Chile will be celebrating their independence days.
Hispanic heritage month continues until October 15.