Hispanic & Latino Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans past and present. While it’s a monthlong celebration, it notably crosses over two calendar months – running Sept. 15th to Oct. 15th – coinciding with the Independence Day celebrations of Belize, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.
This month of cultural recognition is a time for Americans who identify as Latino or Hispanic to celebrate and share their traditions. Over 90% of our Boys & Girls Club members identify as Latino or Hispanic and find inclusive spaces at their Club to celebrate their identities and cultures.
But even if your family doesn’t hail from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central or South America, you can still participate in the month by engaging in learning and cultural experiences that bring you a little closer to these countries. Sharing other people’s cultures with your kids helps build their respect and curiosity, in addition to helping them understand the vastness of the world we live in.
We kicked of the month at our Railroad Clubhouse with enchilada making and a sombrero musical chairs game! Our staff also dressed in heritage clothing from Mexico. The Mary Buren Club made drawings of the flag of Mexico. It’s going to a fun month at our Clubs!
Watch the fun of the Sombrero Musical Chairs Game here! You can even try this at home for a little Latin American fun.