HERITAGE – Vitality #95

national-hispanic-heritage-month

Image from Civil Service Employees website

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Those of us who met at a Zumba Gold® class definitely appreciate health enhancing Latin rhythms of cumbia, salsa and bachata. Or for spice in our life…we could add some capsaicin – pimientos picantes (hot peppers) – to a favorite Spanish dish. Or this month we could Google Latin dance classes, and after a few lessons, find ourselves dancing late at night in some cantina1 of questionable origin. WF!

1In rural Mexico, a cantina traditionally is a kind of bar frequented by males for drinking alcohol and eating botanas (appetizers)…Some cantinas explicitly prohibit entrance to dogs and men in police or military uniform…In many areas it is still viewed as scandalous for proper ladies to be seen visiting a genuine cantina. From en.Wikipedia.org

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