It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and what an exciting time to celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino communities.
To kickstart the festivities and enrich your understanding of this vibrant month, here are five fun facts about Hispanic Heritage Month:
# 1. It Spans Two Independence Days: Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th, marking the independence anniversaries of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico’s Independence Day follows on September 16th, and Chile’s on September 18th, making this a month of double celebrations!
# 2. A Presidential Proclamation: The observance of Hispanic Heritage Month was officially established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968. Later, it was expanded from a week to a month-long celebration by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. It now spans from September 15th to October 15th.
# 3. Recognizing Diverse Backgrounds: Hispanic and Latino communities are incredibly diverse, representing various countries, cultures, and traditions. This month celebrates the rich tapestry of Spanish-speaking countries, from Mexico and Puerto Rico to Cuba and Spain, highlighting their unique histories and contributions.
# 4. Influential Figures: Hispanic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to recognize and honor the achievements of notable Hispanic and Latino individuals who have made significant contributions to various fields, including art, science, politics, and sports. From Frida Kahlo and Cesar Chavez to Sonia Sotomayor and Lin-Manuel Miranda, their impact is felt worldwide.
# 5. Cultural Expressions: During this month, you can explore a wide range of cultural expressions, from traditional music like salsa, flamenco, and mariachi to mouthwatering cuisine like tacos, paella, and empanadas. It’s a perfect time to immerse yourself in the flavors and rhythms of Hispanic cultures.
We hope these fun facts add a bit of excitement and appreciation to your celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s a time to come together, learn from one another, and embrace the diversity that enriches our communities.
Want to learn more about Hispanic Heritage month? Check out our Hispanic Heritage Month lessons here inside our online Spanish program for kids and families.