Hispanic Culture

Roots Run Deep

The history, architecture and art of New Mexico are strongly rooted to the arrival of Spanish settlers to what is now New Mexico. Our state continues to be influenced by immigrants from Mexico and Latin America. Latino and Hispanic culture and customs have a major presence everywhere in the state, from street names to architecture, from music to cuisine, and from art and dance to academic studies.

A prime example of Hispanic influence can be found at the plazas, including Old Town in Albuquerque, and the historic plaza in Santa Fe, where you will find adobe buildings surrounding a central square — a common feature of Spanish colonial towns. Not far from these plazas you will find historic Catholic churches such as the famous St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe to San Felipe in Albuquerque.

Hispanic culture is also on display in the arts, crafts, music and dance of New Mexico. While a visit to one of the state’s great museums, including the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC — the only national cultural institute dedicated to the study, advancement and presentation of Hispanic culture arts and humanities), is a great place to start, the best way to experience the living legacy of Hispanic culture in the state is to take in one of the many festivals or fiestas taking place throughout the year.

Some Hispanic traditions and fiestas you'll find throughout the year include: