It’s that time of the year, when the United States and Latin America join together to recognize the rich history, vibrant culture, and considerable influence of past generations who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central & South America. Beginning on September 15th and continuing until October 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated to mark the important contributions Hispanic and Latino people have made to the United States and around the world.
The month-long celebration begins September 15 as this is the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The day is a national holiday in each country and is traditionally marked with patriotic parades, fireworks, the hoisting of national flags and national anthem, traditional dance, and food. Mexico celebrates its independence with a day of fiestas on September 16.
Festivals held throughout Mexico on this day commemorate the traditions and cultures of the indigenous people of the country and how they were impacted by European colonization.
In the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month was first observed in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and the festivities lasted for one week. However, in 1988 President Ronald Reagan expanded it to a full month. Today, almost one-fifth of the population, over 50 million people, living in the United States are of Hispanic or Latino descent. Most celebrate with the music, food, art, and literature that weaves their tightly knitted Hispanic roots into the fabric of American life.
While any time is great for a visit to Fairmont Mayakoba, Hispanic Heritage Month is typically void of summer vacationers and a perfect time to explore the region at a more leisurely pace. During your visit, you can learn about the ancient Mayan civilization and marvel at their architectural wonders, many of which are in close proximity to the resort. You can also explore the many art galleries in Playa del Carmen and admire the vibrant colors and intricate designs of Mexican folk art. This art has been influenced by a mix of indigenous and European traditions and showcases the beauty and diversity of Hispanic heritage. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an art lover, or simply looking for a memorable getaway, this is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself into the wonders of Hispanic history and culture.
If you’re a foodie, you’ll find your nirvana with a wide variety of authentic Mexican delicacies at Fairmont’s restaurants where talented chefs create mouthwatering dishes inspired by traditional recipes. At La Laguna, Fairmont’s ultimate destination for Mexican cuisine, passionate chefs create a fusion of traditional and contemporary. Surrounded by stunning art, colorful fabrics, and a magnificent bar, La Laguna features an open-concept kitchen, an al fresco terrace, and a lively lounge where guests enjoy authentic recipes bursting with flavor and paired with specially crafted cocktails. Or try Fuego, the ultimate spot for beachfront outdoor dining at the Maykana Beach Club where guests savor the pure flavors of life. Fuego is a Tulum-inspired dining experience that captures an energetic yet bohemian vibe. This outdoor dining experience features a wood fire grill where guests can delight simple and fresh food along with classic cocktails.
Don’t miss out on this exciting celebration of Hispanic Heritage at Fairmont Mayakoba. Plan your visit today by visiting www.fairmont-mayakoba.com.