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This Month In History....

November is part of Puerto Rican Heritage month, as well as the month we celebrate several Hispanic Holidays around the world. Check out some important dates below:



Nov 1 & 2
Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead (Mexico, Central America). In most regions of Mexico, November 1 is to honor children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2. This is indicated by generally referring to November 1 mainly as Día de los Santos Inocentes* ("Holy Innocents Day") but also as Día de los Angelitos ("Day of the Little Angels") and November 2 as Día de los Muertosor Día de los Difuntos ("Day of the Dead").
Traditionally, it is an observance festivity to celebrate and honor one’s ancestors. It’s based on the belief that there is interaction between the living world and the world of spirits. On the Día de los Muertos, the almas, or the spirits of the dead, are said to come back for family reunions. Many celebrate setting up ofrendas (altars) in their homes to honor the memory of deceased loved ones and to welcome their visiting souls. Others visit their loved one’s cemetery plot and decorate it with flowers, candles and food. The holiday is celebrated with family and community gatherings, music, and feasting, and the festivity of its observance acknowledges death as an integral part or life.


* Día de los Santos Inocentes is not to be confused with Día de los Inocentes (April Fool’s or All Fools’ Day) which is celebrated on April 1st.


Nov 2
All Souls’ Day or Día de los Difuntos. This Catholic observance celebrates the memory of all early martyrs, saints and the faithfully departed.

Nov 3

Independence Day for Panama.


Nov 5

First Call for Independence (El Salvador): Commemorates the first battle for independence in 1811, led by Padre José Matías Delgado.


Nov. 11

Cartagena Independence Day (Colombia). Commemorates the city of Cartagena’s declaration of independence made in 1811.


Nov 19

Feast of Nuestra Señora de la Divina Providencia or Our Lady of Divine Providence, Puerto Rico’s patron virgin.


Nov 20

Mexican Revolution Day. Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 against dictator Porfirio Diaz.