National Hispanic Heritage Month is one of my favorite times of the year. While we live our Latin culture every day, for one month every year we get to do it with other families and with our community. We hold our heads up a bit higher, sway a bit harder when a rhythmic beat fills the air, and sing a bit louder during this special time of year.
National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 and ends on October 15 every year. It is a time for us to celebrate our culture and heritage, but it’s also a time for others to experience what makes our feet dance and our hearts sing. This year, I would love for you to join us as we celebrate.
Support Hispanic and Latinx-Owned Businesses.
Did you know that Latino business owners grew 34%, compared to 1% for all business owners in the United States over the last 10 years? That’s according to a recent study from Stanford University and it’s never been easier to see that than with a quick search on social media.
With a search on Instagram, you can usually find dozens of Latinx-owned businesses for everything from seasonings and kitchen goods to makeup and beauty items.
Play a game of Lotería or another game from Latin America.
Lotería (a Mexican game) and dominoes (popular in the Caribbean) are just two games that Hispanic/Latinx families play during reunions or get together. Lotería is a personal family favorite and it’s exactly like BINGO.
Bonus: There’s a new millennial version of this generations-old game at Target and it’s so good!
Read a book about or written by a Hispanic/Latinx author.
They say that the best way to get to know someone is by living a day with them. If you can’t do that, then reading their words is the next best thing. Make it a family affair with books for the entire family.
From board books for toddlers to coming-of-age tales for preteens, there are dozens of books that reflect a vibrant culture but have lessons for all.
Even if you aren’t Hispanic or Latinx, I hope you can take just a few moments this month to celebrate one of the 21 countries and territories that make up the Hispanic/Latinx world.