The Hispanic Heritage Festival is a celebration of the end of the month of celebrating the mixture of the Hispanic culture with the European and African cultures. In the pre-Columbian times, these cultures did not have the chance to integrate and share food, traditions, religions, etc. After Christopher Columbus discovered the Western Hemisphere all cultures got the chance to mix. So, after Columbus Day, we have a celebration with traditional Hispanic food and entertainment. Students perform on stage and parents bring food to share. We finish the celebration with a salsa tasting contest because chili peppers originated in Mexico, like many families participating in this event.