Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long celebration that pays homage to this community’s diverse and vibrant culture. It acknowledges their resilience and determination, acting as a reminder of the historical challenges Hispanics face.
“Much like Black History Month in February and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for Americans who identify as Hispanic to celebrate the traditions and history unique to their cultural background.” – Oprah Daily.
Whether you’re getting ready to celebrate with loved ones, want to learn more about this month, or prefer a more relaxed approach this year, here are 33 enjoyable and educational activities for Hispanic Heritage Month.
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More To Know: Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month, also known as “Mes de la Herencia Hispana” in Spanish, is a time to learn, celebrate, and unite as a more diverse and harmonious society.
Who is this month dedicated to?
Hispanic Heritage Month is intended for everyone to participate in and appreciate. While it highlights the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos, it is not exclusive. It’s a time for all Americans, regardless of their ethnic background, to learn, celebrate, and acknowledge their diverse histories, traditions, and accomplishments.
What is celebrated?
Historically, Hispanics and Latinos have contributed to many fields, from arts and sciences to politics and sports. By celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, we emphasize the importance of appreciating the strength and perseverance of the Hispanic and Latino community.
Where did it begin?
It was originally established in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson and was later expanded to a month-long celebration by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The goal was to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultures that make up the Hispanic population in the U.S.
Why is it important?
This month is important because it celebrates Hispanic and Latino Americans’ cultural richness, fostering a sense of pride and identity. It also helps break down stereotypes and contributes to greater inclusivity and unity among all Americans.
How long does it last?
Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15, it coincides with the independence celebrations of several Hispanic countries. Specifically, September 15 marks the independence days of five Latin American nations: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
33 Best Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
There are many ways for you can have a great time while learning more about the Latinx culture. Let’s take a look at 33 fun and simple activities to do so. From ways to help the Hispanic community, to creating Hispanic Heritage crafts, and supporting Hispanic Heritage Month projects, we have it all.
It’s always nice to take some time alone between here and there. If you’re on the lookout for doing solo plans this year for Hispanic Heritage Month, you’re in luck.
1. Solo-Museum Evening
An evening at a museum is a priceless experience, especially if you enjoy immersing yourself in different cultures and history. Exploring museums dedicated to Hispanic and Latinx culture can be a captivating activity, allowing you to feel, listen, and understand the rich heritage of these vibrant and cherished communities.
2. Listen to Spanish Podcasts
If you’re a podcast enthusiast and haven’t explored Spanish-language and Latinx options, you’re missing out. With a vast community of over 61.5 million Latinos and Hispanics in the United States, there’s a podcast for everyone’s taste. From Ted en Español and Entiende tu Mente to La Brega, there are many to choose and learn from.
3. Watch a “Novela”
Telenovelas holds a special place in the hearts of Latinx and Hispanic communities. Iconic series like “La Rosa De Guadalupe” and “Betty La Fea” have been a part of the upbringing of many young adults. They represent Latin America’s most known issues, portrayed in a dramatic way.
4. Read Latin Books
If you want to update your reading list this month, consider adding “Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed” and “What Happened To Ruthy Ramirez” to your selections in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. With only around 7% of authors and publishers in the United States identifying as Latinx, supporting the voices of this community and its rich narratives is a great start.
5. Make a “Paleta”
Yum! Paletas are like bread and butter for Hispanic and Latin individuals. As a Latinx myself, I can confirm this. Paletas come in many flavors and are often made with fruit juices, purees, or other ingredients like cream, yogurt, or even watermelon chunks. They are a popular treat in many Latin American countries and are enjoyed as a refreshing snack, especially during hot weather.
6. Donate to the Community
Start by identifying a community cause within the Latin/Hispanic community that truly resonates with you. Whether it’s supporting education, healthcare, or cultural preservation, there’s an opportunity to make a difference. Discover reputable nonprofits doing incredible work, set your budget, and be the change by donating.
7. Sip on “Aguas Frescas”
“Aguas Frescas” are refreshing beverages that are a beloved part of Hispanic and Latin American culinary traditions. These drinks are made from various fresh fruits like watermelon, tamarind, hibiscus, or mango, blended with water and sweetened to taste. Start with this easy fruit-infused recipe at home, for a simple start.
8. Make Tortillas
Soft, round, and perfectly tasty are just a few words to describe the elixir of a tortilla. Tortillas are a staple food in the Hispanic community, their versatile cultural significance is the foundation for traditional dishes like tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. Mexicans eat around 6 tortillas daily, so – eat away.
9. Listen to Spanish-Speaking Music
Listening to Spanish-speaking music during Hispanic Heritage Month is a fantastic way to immerse in the diverse cultures of the Hispanic world. From the rhythmic beats of salsa and merengue to the poetic ballads of bolero and the energetic sounds of reggaeton.
10. Support Hispanic Influencers
Nowadays, connecting internationally on social media is as easy as blinking. A great way to kick off this month is by supporting Hispanic Influencers. Some of Latnx’s most-loved influencers on Instagram are @lelepons, @juanpazurita, and @yuyacst. Take a look, and get inspired.
With Work Colleagues:
Who said a Hispanic-inspired workplace couldn’t be fun? Try out these 6 ways to infuse culture liveliness and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at work.
11. Try Hispanic Snacks
Elotes, churros, empanadas, gansitos – you name it. A fun way to bring the Latin flavors to work is by doing a snack gathering and savoring these delicious treats. It’s a tasty opportunity to celebrate the diverse culinary traditions of Hispanic Heritage Month with your coworkers.
12. Support Local Panaderias
How about enjoying a coffee with some “conchas” at work? You can find Hispanic bakeries in almost any city, and “conchas” are some of the most popular pastries they offer. Packed with flavor and history, these sweet treats are a delicious way to connect with Hispanic culture and your coworkers at the office.
13. Hispanic Heritage Week
Having a Hispanic Heritage-themed week at work is a great idea to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month at work. It lets you learn something new about Hispanic culture every day and helps appreciate the diversity of Hispanic people while making the workplace more inclusive and culturally aware.
14. Cultural Potluck
For a cultural potluck at work, prepare dishes that represent the diverse flavors of Hispanic cuisine. Bring in “tamales,” a staple made from masa dough filled with a variety of ingredients, such as meat, cheese, or vegetables, and wrapped in corn husks. You can also bring “arroz con pollo,” a traditional chicken and rice dish seasoned with aromatic spices. Don’t forget to sweeten the occasion with a classic Hispanic dessert-like “tres leches cake” or “flan.”
15. Hispanic-Inspired Decorations
Add flags, banners, and colorful artwork that represent Hispanic cultures in your workplace. To create a festive atmosphere, you can also use items like “papel picado” or bright table settings. Adding plants, centerpieces, and educational displays can make your workspace feel welcoming and inclusive during this particular month.
With Family and Friends:
Latin and Hispanic cultures are deeply rooted in the value of family, always prioritizing their loved ones. There’s no better way to celebrate this month than by coming together with your beloved family members to honor this time.
16. Take a Dance Class
Who’s in the mood to dance? From mambo to rumba, cha-cha, and flamenco, dance your way into Hispanic Heritage Month this year. This activity guarantees fun for you, your family, and your friends. Friendly tip, the more you hit the music accents, the better.
17. Play Cultural Games
Lotería, El Repollo, and Chiviri Cuarta are all fantastic games to play this month. It’s just like Bingo, Hot Potato, and Hide and Seek but with a Hipanic-inspired, cultural, and unique touch. These games represent pure fun and excitement, play away with your loved ones this month.
18. Watch Latin Shows
From “The House of Flowers” to “Selena: The Series,” this is a great way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with family and friends. These shows entertain while also helping you explore Latin culture, making it a fun and educational experience to share with loved ones. It’s a simple and enjoyable way to mark this particular month together.
19. Arts/Crafts Night
Gather your family for a Latin-inspired arts and crafts night to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with creativity. Try making vibrant and fun piñatas using paper mache and colorful tissue paper. Or dive into Mexican folk art traditions, such as painting “alebrijes” or creating “Huichol” beadwork.
20. Cultural Trivia Game
From “Guess The Painter” to “Guess the Food,” there’s always room for a trivia night. A cultural trivia night is a great way to practice, learn, and have fun this National Hispanic Heritage Month. Ask away your friends and family all Hispanic and Latino-related questions. There’s plenty of trivia inspiration to take from the internet. Good luck!
21. DIY Spicy Salsa
Every Latino and Hispanic love their salsa, including me. Gather fresh ingredients like tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, and hot peppers. Let each family member take on a chopping task, and then mix and blend the ingredients. Try different spice levels and flavors until you create the perfect salsa that suits your family’s taste buds.
22. Host a Hispanic Dinner
In Hispanic and Latino cultures, food brings us together. Try signature dishes from different Hispanic communities: tamales, mole, arepas, or even enchiladas. Set the ambiance with decorations, Latin music, and colorful table settings. As you gather around the table, share stories, savor tasty flavors, and embrace the traditions of Hispanic culture with your loved ones.
23. Go to Hispanic Events
Participating in famous Hispanic Heritage Month events is a great way to celebrate the culture. Some of the most well-known events include Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos, Brazil’s vibrant Carnaval, and Spain’s San Fermín festival. These celebrations offer a chance to enjoy music, dance, food, and art while immersing yourself in the rich Hispanic heritage.
24. Tacos for Lunch
Who doesn’t love tacos with a spoonful of guacamole on top? Tacos are a delicious combination of flavors and textures, with options for everyone, from meat lovers to vegetarians. They encourage social gatherings and sharing, as tacos are often served family-style, they represent a sense of togetherness and unity.
25. Practice Spanish Language
Switch activities and try celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in a very educational way by practicing Spanish. Learning Spanish phrases and engaging with native speakers helps you appreciate the language’s cultural depth and connects you to the culture. Try Duolingo, YouTube, or even TV shows.
26. Latin Karaoke Night
Think of Luis Miguel, Vicente Fernández, and Juan Gabriel. Gather your friends and family for a lively karaoke night during Hispanic Heritage Month. Sing your favorite Hispanic songs, from energetic salsa tunes to heartfelt ballads. It’s a fun way to celebrate the culture and make lasting memories for everyone involved.
With a Romantic Partner:
Think of two synonyms that represent Latin America: passionate and amorous, right? Try these 7 occasional activities with your partner for a romantic night of enjoyment and celebration.
27. Salsa Dance Night
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with your partner through a salsa night can be a wonderfully romantic and culturally enriching experience. The loving rhythms and passionate dance moves of salsa create an intimate atmosphere, allowing you to connect on a deeper level while enjoying the traditions of Hispanic culture.
28. Try Puerto Rican
For a romantic Puerto Rican activity at home during Hispanic Heritage Month, you can have a cozy evening by preparing a traditional Puerto Rican meal together. Try your hand at cooking dishes like “arroz con gandules” (rice with pigeon peas), “mofongo” (mashed plantains), or “pernil” (slow-roasted pork). While you cook, play some Puerto Rican music, like salsa or reggaeton, to set the mood.
29. A Mexican Wine Night
While Mexico is more commonly associated with tequila and mezcal, it is also known for its excellent wines. A romantic way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with your partner is to indulge in Mexican wine tasting, savoring the flavors and history that this lesser-known aspect of Mexican culture has to offer.
30. Take a Virtual Tour
Explore the Pyramids of Teotihuacan in Mexico or the colorful streets of Cartagena, Colombia, from the comfort of your home. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month romantically by taking virtual tours of the most iconic Hispanic heritage sites with your partner.
31. Play Hispanic “Baladas”
Stargazing with Latin baladas? Sounds like a plan. Find a quiet spot, play your favorite Latin love songs, and let the music enhance the magic of the night sky. It’s a simple and romantic way to celebrate Hispanic culture with your partner.
32. Cooking Class for Two
Showcase your culinary skills with a romantic candlelit dinner: try enchiladas, chilaquiles, or tamales. These signature dishes offer a delightful taste of Latin culture and make for a memorable evening with your partner.
33. Hispanic Heritage Month Art
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with your partner, get creative by painting together. Take inspiration from legendary Hispanic artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, try to learn more about each artist to truly connect with who you’re exemplifying.
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Even if you don’t identify as Hispanic or Latinx, you can still enjoy these fun Hispanic Heritage Month activities for a memorable night. Take the chance to explore the cultures of the 21 Spanish-speaking countries recognized during this month.