National Hispanic Heritage month came to a close yesterday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still partake in activities which honor the many generations of Hispanic Americans who have influenced and enriched our society.

Here at the #FREC we celebrate Hispanic Heritage and contributions to Detroit’s culture 365 days a year! Here are a few ways you can keep the celebration going all year round.

Día de Muertos (The Day of the Dead)

October 31 through November 2, the Day of the Dead, which is celebrated at the same time as the Catholic Holidays All Souls Day and All Saints Day, is a holiday where Latino/Hispanic cultures gather to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed away and to help support their spiritual journey.

 

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Traditional celebrations include parades, festivals and building an alter using photos, sugar skulls and the favorite food of the loved one. Family and friends also gather at the cemetery to pray for those who have passed on.

Throughout Southwest Detroit, Day of the Dead festivities begin October 20th. People of all ages can come out to learn more about the holiday or partake in the tradition and celebrate their loved ones.

Take A Field Trip To Mexicantown

Known as one of the jewels in Detroit, Mexicantown is brimming with culture and history. People from all over the world make a stop in Southwest Detroit to experience the authentic cuisine, look at the murals and learn more about Hispanic/Latino traditions.

 

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What started as one neighborhood where Mexican families settled in the 1920s, throughout the years, the Hispanic population began to grow. Now that one neighborhood expands to Michigan Ave, West Fort St, Livernois Ave and Rosa Parks Blvd.

Get Involved With Hispanic/Latino Organizations

There are so many organizations in the community that are committed to helping Latino families and neighborhoods. Be apart of the change and donate your time to making a difference.

 

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Organizations like the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation offers, family education programs, childcare and youth services. Here is a list of foundations and non-profits that help Hispanic Communities in Michigan.

Read/ Talk To People

To truly understand someone’s life or circumstances, talk to them and listen to their experiences. Sometimes just listening to someone share stories about their culture and history can make a difference. Read books that explores Hispanic/Latino countries and traditions. You might be surprised at what you may learn.

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Kyla Heat

Kyla’s family and friends describe her as a walking Encyclopedia when it comes to everything pop culture, beauty, fitness and fashion. Kyla knew she wanted to be a writer when she began writing short stories and poems for her family. A true Michigander at heart, Kyla graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism and attended Specs Howard School of Media Arts. Along the way, she has interviewed everyone from, Idris Elba, Kerry Washington, Jack Kevorkian, Robert Kennedy Jr., Joel Osteen, Russell Simmons and Wiz Khalifa. After a stint working at a psychic shop and producing shows for an all talk radio station on iHeartRadio, Kyla landed at The Detroit News, working as an editorial assistant and reporter. She worked at PBS Detroit, as a social media manager before joining the Urban Content Studios team. When she is not writing, Kyla likes to spend time with family, shop and compete in fitness bikini competitions.

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