September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. According to The Library of Congress, “this observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.” Further it was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 to celebrate “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.”
There are many ways that you and your families can celebrate this cultural awareness month here in Orange County and build a better awareness and respect for members of this community who identified as Hispanic, Latino, Latina, or Latinx.
Here are 5 family-friendly ways to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month:
#1 – Get Involved
I’m honored to sit on the board of directors for Orange County Human Relations. This nonprofit is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year in a variety of ways to improve racial and cultural relations in our county. Now would be a great year to learn more about the organization and attend one of the upcoming events, including ones for children and young adults, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
#2 – Visit a Museum
Pretend City is hosting a three themed events in October where they will join local partners to, “come share about their culture through stories, art, dance, and music.”
The Bowers Museum is hosting a Dia de los Muertos event on October 24 in person and the festival recording will also be available online one week after the in-person event. Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a day to celebrate family members and friends who are no longer living.
#3 – Plan Movie Nights
Cable and streaming providers like Cox Communications, Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, and others all have special curated content to celebrate the culture and people of this themed month. We’ve been watching COCO for a week now on Disney+. Next up on our list is the new CINDERELLA adaption on Amazon Prime starting Camila Cabello.
#4 – Enjoy Art
Main Place Mall in Santa Ana is hosting a Chalk Walk to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Sunday, September 26. Chalk Artists will use their talents to depict Hispanic monuments, people and traditions throughout the shopping center.
#5 – Learn More
For more ideas and information about what this month represents and how it can be celebrated, check out these related posts from our sister sites across the country!
- Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With These Five Powerful Tales Of Hope (Tampa Bay Moms)
- Comida Mexicana: My Favorite Recipes (Fort Worth Moms)
- Hispanic Heritage Month: Food And Family (Albuquerque Mom)
- Five Mexican Foods To Try For Hispanic Heritage Month (Coastal Bend Mom Collective)
- Hispanic Heritage Month: Sharing Mi Familia (Omaha Moms)
- Para La Raza: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Houston Moms)
- Two Senoritas & One Big Culture: Hispanic Heritage Month (St. Louis Mom)
- Embracing My Hispanic Culture: What I’ve Learned (Coastal Bend Mom Collective)
How are you celebrating this special time with your family or learning more about it? Let us know in the comments below!