On September 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off and will be celebrated across the country. President Lyndon B. Johnson first established Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, and 20 years later, President Reagan expanded it to a month-long celebration. Now each year, from September 15th to October 15th, our country recognizes the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture.
These dates were chosen because eight Latin American countries actually celebrate their independence days during this month – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile, and Belize.
I look forward to this observance every year because so many events and exhibits can be found online and across the country. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us as a family to discuss the contributions that Latinos have made and the impact they’ve had on our nation’s history. From music and art to outer space and the Supreme Court, Hispanic Americans have played a major role in the development of our country. It is also a great time to talk about the diversity of Latino cultures. My kids and I will be talking about the different Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas over the next few weeks and looking for activities, books, and lessons that help them appreciate and learn about their heritage.
This year, I decided to do something a little different and created a bucket list of influential Latinos for my kids to research, as well as crafts, recipes, and holidays for my kids to make or learn about.
You can find my list below. Or if you prefer, you can print out my 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month Bucket List, instead! It’s available in black-and-white or color.