“Hispanic heritage holds an indelible place in the heart and soul of our Nation, and National Hispanic Heritage Month reminds us that the American identity is a fabric of diverse traditions and stories woven together,” says the White House Proclamation on National Hispanic Heritage Month. Beginning on September 15 and ending on October 15, the celebration spans two months to honor the independence days of several Latin American countries. During this time we are reminded that the contributions of Hispanic Americans, whether in the arts, sciences, education, or politics are as vast and diverse as Latinos themselves.
“The benefits of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month don’t stop with Hispanic children,” writes Wanda Medina for parents.com. “Exposing children of any background to other cultures and heritages has enormous benefits for them, too, turning them into mini global citizens. Not only does raising your children to be globally aware build essential tools like critical thinking and problem solving, but it also helps them foster a deep understanding of the challenges of our world, promotes empathy, and builds communication skills.”
Whether you’re Latinx or a non-Latinx household, learning about Hispanic Heritage Month will benefit your entire family. Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate and honor Hispanic food, language, culture, and traditions.
- Celebrate Hispanic culture and traditions through food with these tasty recipes!
- Love to read to your kids before bed? Reach for one of these children’s and YA books by Latinx Authors.
- Spend a cozy night in and enjoy family movie night. Check out this Disney & Hulu streaming guide for movies that celebrate Hispanic heritage.
- Turn up game night with a new twist on lotería, the traditional Mexican bingo game. Lil’Lotería is a modified, kid-friendly version of the classic pastime that includes vibrant images with their corresponding words in English and Spanish.