In Observance of Hispanic Heritage Month
Thursday, October 15th
Today, Anthony Morales shares his “Puerto Rico” with us. Anthony is a 9th grade Student at Delcastle. Thanks to Anthony for giving us a glimpse of his Hispanic Heritage and a desire to taste Puerto Rican cuisine.
Mi Puerto Rico (My Puerto Rico)
We have are popular festivals in Puerto Rico
- Aibonito Flower Festival
- The Three Kings on January 6 (Feast of the Epiphany)
- The third monday of April each year it’s in honor of Jose De Diego y Martinez who was known as the “Father of Puerto Rico”,
- We celebrate christmas right after thanksgiving and we celebrate for 45 days.
- My grandmother is from Puerto Rico and so is my grandfather, my great grandmother is Taina meaning she is a pure indian which makes my grandmother one too. My cousin and uncles play instruments, my great grandmother works on a farm, she likes to grow fruits and vegetables. Puerto Rico produces cattle, sugar cane, coffee and tobacco.
- Baseball – Roberto Climente
- Boxing – Wilfredo Gomez, Hector Camacho
- Golf – Chi-Chi Rodriguez
- Horse Racing
Music – Salsa, Merengue, Plena, Reggaeton, Bolero, Guaracha
Musicians – Mark Anthony, Ricky Martin, Daddy Yankee
Actors – Benicio del Toro.
Food, Food and FOOD!
Aranitas-Shredded Plantains, Bistec Encebollado-Steak and white rice. Tripleta-Grilled steak, lechon pork, and ham also made with fries, ketchup,mayo,cheese,and vegetables, Pasteles-you can have them all the time but mainly Christmas Tradition, Asopao-Soup made with rice, beef, pork, seafood, pigeon peas, or chicken. Arroz con gandules-made with rice pigeon peas, and sofrito, everyone has their own version of the recipe. Tostones-plantains cut fried and flattened and re-fried, Pastelon-Ground meat, tomato sauce, shredded cheese,green bean, and plantains. Mofongo- Made of unripe plantains which are pulverized or mashed, with lobster, prawns, garlic, chicken, or bacon. Pernil- Also known as pork shoulder is made with adobo, paprika, salt, vinegar, garlic, and oregano.
Wednesday, October 14th
We are honored to have two views of Hispanic Heritage. First from A Delcastle Teacher, Mr. Tom Gears, as he leads us on a tour of Cuba. Then we are invited to learn the Traditions of the Family of Tijuan Morris, a 9th grade Student at Delcastle. Thanks to Mr. Gears and Tijuan for sharing your world with us.
Here is Tom Gears’ video.
Tradiciones de mi Familia (Traditions of my Family)
In our Island of Jamaica we have a lot of celebrations:
- New Year’s: We stay up late on the 31 of December until midnight to ring out the old year and ring in the New Year with fireworks, dance, jerk chicken and jerk pork and lots more.
- February 26 is the celebration of Ash Wednesday (first day of lent). We eat no meat, only vegetables for forty days.
- April 13 (Easter Monday): We eat bun and cheese and fly kites.
- May 25 (Labor Day) we do community service
- August 1 (Emancipation Day)
- August 6 (Independence Day) When we were freed from slavery
- October 19 (Hero’s Day) Day for our emotional heroes
- December 25 (Christmas Day) lots of celebration with Dance, food and drinks and family time
My Great-Great Grandmother was a na-na (a person who delivers babies without any form of training. I am my mother first child (one of two)
Reggae Icon Bob Marley one of the world’s most recognized singers Buju Bonton (gargamel another great icon in my time. I love to listen to good reggae dance hall and gospel music.
My favourite sportsman is Usain Bolt (lightning bolt) he is the world’s hottest. He hails from Jamaica.
Our favourite dish is ackee and saltfish, jerk chicken and Jerk pork. Our Sunday dinner is rice+peas+fried or bake chicken, pork or fish
Tuesday, October 13th
Here is a history and historical pictures from one of our Delcastle Families. Thanks to the Schwitters Family for sharing their Hispanic Heritage with Delcastle. We are proud that they are part of the Delcastle Family.
History of a Hispanic American Family
Most people don’t realize that I am part of a Hispanic family because my name is German and I have blonde hair. If I tell them I am part Hispanic, no one believes it. My mother’s family however came here from Puerto Rico and Cuba to Ybor City Florida in the early 1900’s. Her great, great grandfather was named Juan Emilio Sanchez. He was from Ponce, Puerto Rico. He helped fund a social club in Ybor/Tampa Florida to help refugees and immigrants coming to The United States to escape Cuba after the Spanish American War. He opened a cigar company called Tampico Cigars in Ybor City. His daughter would marry Carlos Toro who owned the Hardware store next to it. His family had come here from Cuba around the same time also because of the Spanish American War. Their daughter, Ruth Adelai Toro y Janda(later married to Francis Janda)was my great grand mother and her daughter Virginia Ruth Janda / Schwitters was my grandmother.
Attached are a few pictures from Ebor City / Tampa
Monday, October 12th
National Hispanic Heritage Month is a period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
Hispanic Heritage Month began as Hispanic Heritage Week. Hispanic Heritage Week was established by legislation sponsored by Rep. Edward R. Roybal of Los Angeles and was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. In 1988, the commemorative week was expanded to a month (September 15 to October 15) by legislation sponsored by Rep. Esteban Edward Torres (D-Pico Rivera), amended by Senator Paul Simon, and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the commemoration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Hispanic countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, who all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21 respectively. [Wikipedia]
As of 2017, the Hispanic population in the U.S. was estimated to be nearly 60 million, with a projection to reach more than 110 million during the next 40 years. [Oprah Magazine, July 2020, ]
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the month honors “the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.”
At Delcastle, the Hispanic school population has grown to become the largest student population. Over the past three school years, the Hispanic population has comprised the following percentages of the overall student population: [Delaware.gov, Delaware Report Card]
School Year 2018 – 37.5%
School Year 2019 – 39.92%
School Year 2020 – 42.54%
In the school year 2021, the story of Delcastle cannot be told, without the inclusion of the Hispanic population