Puerto Rican Heritage Month is November. It is an official New York City celebration proclaimed by New York Mayor Rudy Giulani in 1998. Comité Noviembre was instrumental in making this happen.
Puerto Rican Heritage Month
The celebration acknowledges Puerto Rican contributions to the culture and prosperity of New York City. We are one of the communities that defines New York City.
November is an Important Month for Puerto Ricans
November is National Native American Heritage Month. We are mixed Indigenous, European and African, but cherish our Indigenous Taíno heritage. The tribe was assimilated by Spanish colonizers. They said we died out, but actually we married in. The Spanish avoided responsibility by no longer counting us in their census, but we are still here.
The Taíno spirit lives on in the hearts of Puerto Ricans. Taíno ways are still recognizable in the way we live on the island. There is a direct line from a traditional Taíno areíto gathering to Bomba, Plena and even Reggaeton gatherings.
November 19 is the Feast of the Virgin of Providence, the patron saint of Puerto Rico. It’s also Discovery of Puerto Rico Day, but few people celebrate that any more because Columbus was an evil man who unleashed an Indigenous genocide in the Americas, and helped start the Spanish practice of human slavery in the Americas.
The Puerto Rican Christmas holiday season, the world’s longest, gets going on Thanksgiving.