Join Adelante for a series of events celebrating Latine heritage from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

Latine students will have their heritage honored Friday, Sept. 15, during an annual flag ceremony in Peirce Hall. Flags from across Latin America will adorn the atrium for the noon event and remain displayed for the duration of the month.

Other events include a cultural tasting on Sunday, Sept. 17, and a workshop on Saturday, Sep. 23, where students can speak Spanish if they prefer while sharing their feelings and experiences.

The origins of Latine Heritage Month go back decades. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Congress set aside a week in 1968 to celebrate the contributions of Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. That was later expanded to a month. The timing is significant for a number of Latin American countries that celebrate their anniversary of independence in mid-September: Sept. 15 for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; Sept. 16 for Mexico; and Sept. 18 for Chile.