Hispanic History Month

Hispanic History Month

Have you ever heard of Hispanic History Month? It has been a holiday in our country for over a decade. In this article I will be explaining why, how, and who we celebrate during this month.


First off, why do we celebrate this holiday? This month was made in order to shine light on all the amazing Hispanic heroes and cultures. Each year there is a different theme for the month, for example, this year’s theme is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” It is very important that we have this month to help spark a connection between not only young, but all Hispanic or Latino communities. It also helps keep a diverse community in the US.


Secondly, all holidays have celebrations, so how is this one celebrated? Hispanic History month is celebrated in many ways from dancing and singing all the way to just being with family and friends that share your culture. Some activities that people do during this time include doing/learning Latin dances, cooking food that comes from all sorts of Spanish cultures, and reading/watching things that include Hispanic culture. The best part is that this holiday can be celebrated by anyone! You can immerse yourself in the culture by researching amazing Hispanic heroes, learning about other Hispanic holidays, or even trying your hand at cooking popular dishes from Spain.


Lastly, we will be taking a look at some true Hispanic heroes, although there are so many, I will just be talking about three for now. Sylvia Rivera was a hispanic- transgender pioneer who took it upon herself to stand up for everyone in the queer communtity who felt unheard or left out. Instead of just standing in the shadows, she took a risk and stood up for herself as well as the rest of the queer community that needed her. Sonya Sotomayor was the first Hispanic woman and third woman to ever be on the Supreme Court. She helped bring awareness to type one diabetes and was also known to be very empathetic towards people expressing opinions about race, ethnicity, and gender. To this day she is still an inspiration to women and women of color, showing them that there is a first for everyone no matter who you are. The last person is Ellen Ochoa, who in my opinion, had one of the coolest accomplishments. Ellen was chosen to be the first hispanic woman to go to space! This decision was made after they saw how impressive her research and physics work was. She was on a 9-day mission named STS-56 in 1993.


Now that you have finished, I hope you are able to take something away to potentially share with others or even to apply to your life. If you want to learn more about Hispanic History month you can read one of the few articles linked below.