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Todo de mi cultura todo de mi: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

Created by Reyna Mondragon (kNOwBOX dance Manager of Community Engagement)

October 6, 2021, Denton, Texas, USA

“I celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, by preserving traditions I grew up with and passing them along to my children, such as work ethic, cooking, and sticking together as a family. I also make sure to break trauma chains built in my culture so I don’t pass these down and they can end with me.” -Caleria Gabriela Guerra (Family Friend of Reyna Mondragon)

How do you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?

For those who do not know, Hispanic Heritage Month is a period of time (September 15th – October 15th) that the United States created in celebration of the Hispanic Community within the United States. It was created in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson and continues to be celebrated today. It is a way to honor those whose ancestry comes from predominantly hispanic and latin communities. Personally, I celebrate my Mexican heritage through la COMIDA (food), la IDIOMA (language),la DANZA (dance), la MÚSICA, y HONRANDO (honoring) my family's history.

Photo of Reyna Mondragon


Food is one of my passions. I love creating something out of nothing. I am always in constant conversation con mi madre (mom), padre (dad), tías (aunts), and tíos (uncles) in search of recipes that reminded them of their childhood and of home. Those conversations usually end up with the importance of always having frijoles (beans), arroz (rice), tortillas de maíz (corn tortillas), tortillas de harina (flour tortillas), and salsa at the table.


Since moving