Many drivers may have noticed an increasing number of cars displaying Mexican flags on their hoods, and wondered about the reason behind this trend. The answer lies in the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day celebrations.
Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th, leading up to Mexican Independence Day on September 16th. This day commemorates Mexico’s independence from Spain after an 11-year war that ended in 1821. The observance of Hispanic Heritage Month originated in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. It was later expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period, starting on September 15th and ending on October 15th. The Library of Congress states that it became law on August 17, 1988, with the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The display of Mexican flags from homes and cars is a tradition especially prominent in cities with large immigrant populations, such as Chicago. It serves as a way to show pride and celebrate Mexican culture and heritage.
For residents of Rockford, Illinois, there will be a Mexican Independence Day parade on September 16th. The parade will begin at noon on Broadway and Kishwaukee Street, followed by a festival at Keyes-Mallquist Park on 11th Street from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
In conclusion, the display of Mexican flags on cars during this time of the year is a show of cultural pride and celebration of Mexican independence. It is a tradition that dates back to the observance of Hispanic Heritage Month and has become a way for communities to come together and honor their shared heritage.
– Library of Congress