5 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Each year, Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15. During this time, people of Hispanic and Latino descent celebrate in many ways: embracing their roots, telling authentic – sometimes grueling – stories about their history, and showing support for other Latino and Hispanic peoples.
Here are some ways to engage with the community this month!
- Access events in your area
This month, people across the country are hosting all kinds of spaces to honor and celebrate their Hispanic heritage. For example, if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can attend this year’s Latino Heritage Celebration. You can also participate in virtual events that commemorate and facilitate discussions about historical events and periods.
- Support Latin businesses near you
Showing support for small businesses is a great way to uplift many communities, including Latinos. Just to give you some ideas of where to start: local restaurants, beauty products, and Etsy shops are just a few examples of businesses you can access from almost anywhere. There are even bilingual book subscription boxes!
There are many ways to highlight these businesses and even incorporate them into your life once Hispanic Heritage Month is over.
- Learn more about the term Hispanic
The term Hispanic applies to people of Spanish lineage. But the term doesn’t fully capture the full — and often complex — identity of many Hispanic and Latino people. Many of us in this community also have ties to Indigenous, African, Asian, and many other lineages! So while many of us may have ties to Spain, there are many other identities that Hispanics are familiar with that go beyond Spain.
- Learn about our history
Not all aspects of Spanish-Latin history are happy. The Latin community in this country has faced and continues to face adversity on a daily basis. But acknowledging history and honoring the work people have done for generations is important to understanding how far the Latino community has come. For example, there are countless books, movies, and other types of media that pay homage to these stories. And, what better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month than to learn about the thousands of people who fought to support their community, while holding accountable those who suppressed Hispanic/Latin voices?
- To be in community
The Hispanic community includes so many different and beautiful intersectional identities. And it is extremely important to take the time to listen to each other in order to better understand the extent of the community. There are many misconceptions about what it means to be Latin. But a big part of the beauty of this community is understanding how different we all are and listening to each other’s stories!
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