September 12, 2016
Did you know that as of 2014, there are 55 million people (about 17%) in the U.S. with Hispanic or Latino heritage? Most of them hail from one (or more) of twenty-one diverse countries from the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, South America, or Spain. Pop quiz question: Can you name all 21 countries? (Answer is at the bottom of this blog.)
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) was established on August 17, 1988 to educate and celebrate those Hispanic and Latino histories, cultures, and contributions. The dates that book-end this month are significant because many Latin American countries declared their independence within this time period (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Chile, et al).
During Hispanic Heritage Month, there are many amazing events, sights, sounds, and smells to tantalize your senses. Use the ideas below to join in the celebration and learn more about this amazingly rich heritage.
- Local museums and/or exhibits
- Craft fairs
In addition to the above ideas, head to your local library and read a book by an influential Hispanic or Latino author. Here’s a few ideas for you:
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcón
- Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
If you can’t get to a local concert, check out iTunes to find festive Latino music. We also have a Fiesta Mexicana CD with some hot tracks on it for your family parties. A few of our favorite artists are:
Bring Hispanic and Latino traditions to life for your kids and their friends with colorful craft projects. Check out these links:
Food is an important part of any culture, and Hispanic culture is no exception. Visit an authentic Hispanic restaurant and sample some new dishes. Or whip up some sizzling good food in your own kitchen. Here are a few yummy ideas for you:
- Ropa vieja (Cuba)
- Pabellón criollo (Venezuela)
- Ceviche (Peru)
- Mole poblano (Mexico)
- Chipá, Empanadas, Tamales
Of course, one of the best ways to celebrate is to have a big get together with friends. For this you need to break out the piñatas, bright colors, and a little imagination for your celebration decorations. From the ceiling décor to your tableware, we’ve got lots of festive ideas for decorating a big or large party space.
Hispanic Heritage Month is an important and festive time for peole of all backgrounds. Let us know how will celebrate this month. We’d love your feedback.
21 COUNTRIES: Caribbean–Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico; Central America–Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama; South America–Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela; Mexico.