Let’s Celebrate Hispanic Month

Latino Month or Mes de La Hispanidad

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Yes! We get to celebrate and honor
our Heritage. I am so proud of being Hispanic that I want to share with you some of the activities and knowledge I have, so you can also celebrate and continue our Latino traditions.

I want to inspire you to be creative about how to celebrate your Hispanidad. As mothers, fathers or Hispanic culture lovers we have the great opportunity to pass down and create awareness of Latino culture, both at home and everywhere we go.

Take this “Hispanic Month” as an opportunity to be the best ambassador of our culture, not only about the particular country your heritage is from, but also of the rich and amazing Hispanic culture that unites us all.

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Here is the scoop, on September 17, 1968, president Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first proclamation creating Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988 congress extended the celebration to a month to fall on the dates between September 15th and October 15th.

Why is September 15th significant in Hispanic culture? Let me throw a bit of history here. In Mexico, churches ring bells on this date to commemorate father Hidalgo’s Grito de Dolores. Dolores is the Mexican town where father Hidalgo called for independence from Spain in 1810, even though Mexico officially proclaimed its independence from Spain in 1821.

September 15, 1821, is also an important date in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, which declared the independence of the kingdom (at the time these countries were one and included Chiapas) from Spain.
Later on in 1823, these countries formed the new republic, and Chiapas decided to remain with Mexico.

New Trends

Did you know that many Americans who are not Hispanic are calling this month Spanish Month? This was totally surprising to me.

I think it stems from the language we speak, Spanish. Have you noticed
Hispanics are also called Spanish everywhere? Well, the same happened to our Heritage Month, it is now also called Spanish Month!

Hispanic Month Prints and Art

Picture at the top by Jos Dielis

The Best Hispanic Holidays
& Hispanic Festivals of North, Central and South America

Latin holidays are a way to connect with family, friends, our traditions,
culture and beliefs. We do it in a lively manner; hey – it is just in our blood!

For some of us who are immigrants, Hispanic Holidays bring the best memories of childhood when we reunited with family to enjoy partying while celebrating a holiday.

Día del Amor y La Amistad

Dia del Amor y la Amistad

El Dia del Amor y la Amistad is a popular holiday in Spanish speaking countries. El dia de San Valentin perfectly matches the loving, expressive and passionate characteristics of Latin culture.

Día del padre

Dia del Padre

El Dia del Padre is another opportunity to gather with family and friends to honor our padres.  Read how we celebrate and why this holiday is not as popular as Mother’s Day.

National Puerto Rican Day parade

Puerto Rican ParadeNational Puerto Rican Day parade in New York City is one celebration you should experience.  This Hispanic parade celebrates Puerto Rican heritage with Latin music, foods, cultural events and pure Latin fun.

Semana Santa in Latin America

Semana Santa

Semana Santa or Holy Week is the most  important religious celebration amongst Christian Hispanics.  This Hispanic holiday reminds us of Jesus’ gift of eternal life.

Cinco de Mayo History

Cinco de Mayo

We celebrate Cinco de Mayo throughout the U.S. especially in Miami, New York City and Los Angeles. A Cinco de Mayo celebration may include eating Mexican food, toasting with margaritas, listening to Mariachis, etc.  There is no “one way” to enjoy.

Celebrate Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead MexicoDay of the Dead or “El Día de los Muertos” is one of the most mystical Latino holidays. It is a special occasion to celebrate life and to reunite with our deceased ones who are allowed to visit us this day.

 Carnaval Miami in Florida

Carnaval Miami

Carnaval Miami transforms the city of Miami for two weeks in March into the City of Carnaval. “Little Havana” hosts the largest Hispanic festival in the U.S. with Latin foods, Jazz, salsa dance and more to enjoy!

Calle Ocho Festival

Calle Ocho Festival
During the Calle Ocho Festival Miami becomes for one day the largest Hispanic block party in the U.S.  More than a million people attendend the festival, and if you are a Latin culture lover this is a party you can not miss…

Flower Festival Medellín – Colombia

La Feria de Las Flores
For seven days in August during the Flower Festival in Medellin,Colombia, the city becomes the center of celebrations with “La Feria de Las Flores.” A flower festival that attracts more than half a million turists in one of the biggest flower parties in Latin America.

Hispanic Thanksgiving

Hispanic Thanksgiving
Hispanic Thanksgiving or D&iacutea de Acción de Gracias amongst Latinos in the U.S. is a celebration en familia, like it is for many American families.

What is interesting is how Latinos are celebrating the holiday by mixing many of our foods. Also see how to give your Dia de Accion de Gracias a Latino touch.

Puerto Rican Holidays

Puerto Rican HolidaysCheck out the most famous Puerto Rican Holidays. Puerto Rico is known for celebrating many holidays throughout the year as there are not only official holidays but also regional holidays to show the happy spirit of Boricuas.

Las Posadas Mexicanas

Posadas Mexicanasjavascript:;Posadas Mexicanas or the traditional Mexican reenactment of the search for lodging that Mary and Jesus did nine days before Christmas.

The San Fermín Festival

The San Fermin Festival

The San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain, celebrates its patron Saint with the Running of the Bulls, bullfights, a procession and festivities for eight days. Get ready to enjoy this summer festival filled with Hispanic tradition and culture!

El Día de los Niños

El Dia de los Ninos
El Dia de los Ninos or El Dia de los Libros celebrates and honors our children. This tradition born in Latin America is now an official holiday in the U.S. that brings our little ones closer to literacy.

Fiesta de San Juan Bautista in Puerto Rico

La Fiesta de San Juan Bautista or St. John the Baptist’s Day happens mainly on the 24th day of June, and just like many other festivities in this part of the world, you can bet there will be a lot of food, dancing, processions and parades.

El Carnaval de Barranquilla

El carnaval de Barranquilla in Colombia is one of the most recognized carnivals around the world. The festivities officially start on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, but preparations begin long before, with all the locals working hard to design their own traditional costumes, build colorful parade floats, and prepare for music and dance performances.