When Is National Hispanic Heritage Month? (Plus Ideas To Celebrate It)

History, activities, books, and more.

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Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates Americans who have ancestry in countries that speak Spanish as their primary language. (Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish and have ancestry in Spanish-speaking countries. Latino refers to people who are descended from Latin America.) It’s a month-long celebration, and we’re here to celebrate all of it! Here’s what to know and how to incorporate Hispanic heritage into your classroom this year.

When is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Each year, Hispanic Heritage starts September 15 and ends October 15. September 15 is significant for five Hispanic countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua celebrate their Independence Days on that date. (Mexico and Chile celebrate independence later in September and October.)

History of Hispanic Heritage Month

President Lyndon B. Johnson started observing Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 as a way to celebrate the contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain, the Caribbean, and South America. In 1988, Ronald Reagan expanded the week to a 30-day month. Today, Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of Hispanic culture and contributions across the United States. Each year, it has a theme. In 2023, the theme is Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America.

Ideas To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Examples of Hispanic Heritage Month activities, including taking a virtual tour of the National Museum of the American Latino and playing loteria.

Molina Family Gallery/virtual tour via National Museum of the American Latino, Gilbert/product review via Amazon, WeAreTeachers

Plus check out these downloads for more lessons, worksheets, and resources, as well as supplemental materials:

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Your guide to teaching and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in 2023 with background, activities, books, and more.