How to Celebrate and Support Hispanic Heritage Month

How to Celebrate and Support Hispanic Heritage Month

Getty Images

Hispanic people have enriched the United States with their cultures, traditions and legacies. Millions have said goodbye to their native countries and embarked on a journey to create a new life in “the land of opportunity.” Today, 62.1 million Hispanics make up the largest minority group in the U.S., accounting for roughly 19% of the nation’s total population. To honor and pay tribute to all of the contributions Hispanic-Americans have given to the United States — and the world — we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Originally established as Hispanic Heritage Week by Rep. Edward R. Roybal and President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, the now month-long tribute is observed from September 15 to October 15 each year and commemorates those in the U.S. whose ancestors came from more than a dozen countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Because the term Hispanic specifically refers to Spanish-speaking countries and the territory of Puerto Rico, there are those calling for the celebration to be renamed Latinx Heritage Monthwhich includes people who speak indigenous languages as well as Brazilians who speak Portuguese. While the debate over the name continueswhat is unquestionable is the power and resilience of the Hispanic, Latinx and Latino-identified people.

From Grammy-winning artist Bad Bunny to the creative mind of William of the Bull and trailblazing actress Rita Morenomany have made a name for themselves in Hollywood. Off-screen, changes have been made possible with the help of important figures in government like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. But this month isn’t just about the names we know — it’s about all Hispanic people who have contributed to our society, in big and small ways, in the past, present and those who will do so in the future.

We invite you to learn more about what makes this 30-day celebration so meaningful. Together, we can all show our love to the Hispanic, Latino and Latinx communities in this country, each and every day.



Read and Listen

best books latinx authors

Books by Latinx Authors to Add to Your List
the 10 best spanish language books to broaden your perspective

Spanish-Language Books to Broaden Your Perspective
exciting spanish and latinx podcasts

Exciting Spanish and Latinx Podcasts
courtesy of podcasts
the 15 best apps to help you learn spanish at every level

Apps to Help You Learn Spanish at Every Level
courtesy of apps


20 popular and traditional hispanic foods to try now

Traditional Hispanic Foods to Try Now
Mike garden
12 best hispanic heritage month activities to help you celebrate

Hispanic Heritage Month Activities to Help You Celebrate
17 delicious hispanic desserts for any celebration

Delicious Hispanic Desserts for Any Celebration
Mike Garten, Jonny Valiant
latin american comfort foods

Latin American Comfort Food Recipes That Are a Must to Make
Mike garden


Selena is the associate entertainment and news editor for Good Housekeepingwhere she covers the latest on TV, movies and celebrities. In addition to writing and editing entertainment news, she also spotlights the Hispanic and Latinx community through her work. She is a graduate of CUNY Hunter College with a B.A. in journalism and creative writing.

This News is Published from Google Alert – Hispanic Heritage Month.

Leave a Reply