Five meaningful ways to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month – Annenberg Media
Growing up, I never celebrated Latinx Heritage Month. Coming from a Mexican-American family, it was never a family ‘ritual’, not because I am not proud of my culture and heritage, but simply because being Latinx is part of my everyday identity. . Being Latinx is a way of life, and I celebrate my background, my heritage and my history every day. I embrace my traditions by cooking my mother’s recipes – pozole, enchiladas and mole – by the way I communicate with my friends and family – spanglish – and even the music I listen to.
Whether or not you’re part of the Latinx community, it’s impossible not to notice the attention Latinx Heritage Month is getting. Posts from the month-long celebration can be found everywhere you go, both on social media and even in stores like Ulta and Target.
Since we’re in Latinx Heritage Month Recognition Month, here’s a little more information on the celebration.
Latinx Heritage Month – or Hispanic Heritage Month – runs from September 15 to October 15. The contributions, culture and history of Latinx communities are celebrated and recognized. There is no denying that the Latinx community is a fundamental part of the history of the United States, and our presence in this country is greater than we can imagine. According to a Pew 2020 research report, the Latinx population exceeded 60 million in 2019.
Latinx Heritage Month was initially a week-long celebration established in 1968 by former President Lyndon B. Johnson. The purpose was to celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States. In 1988, Hispanic Heritage Week was extended to a month-long celebration under President Ronald Reagan. Later that year, it was enacted into law.
Whether or not you are part of the Latinx community, there are many ways to get involved and celebrate the beauty and diversity of Latinx culture. Here are some ways to celebrate the Latinx community beyond a single month.
1.) Read a book by a Latinx author
There are many amazing Latinx authors out there, so if you love to read and are looking for a new book, now is a great time to stop by your local bookstore. Whether you like fiction, romance, or memoir, you can choose from a list of books. Some of my personal favorites include “The House on Mango Street” by Mexican-American author Sandra Cisneros, “With the Fire on High” by Afro-Latinx author Elizabeth Acevedo and “Down These Mean Streets” by Piri Thomas, to name a few. . Mitu, the Latinx digital media company, also has a list of book recommendations.
2.) Listen to a Latinx podcast
There is nothing better than starting the day with a cup of cafecito and listening to a podcast. Now that the world has slowly started to return to “normal” and commuters across the country are having to leave the comfort of their homes and return to their workspaces, listening to a podcast on the way to work is a great way to start your day. There are a variety of Latinx podcasts on several streaming platforms. Whether you’re a fan of news, politics, culture, or “chism,” Latinx podcasts are the way to go. One of my favorites is Pam Covarrubias’ “Café con Pam”, who interviews a wide range of Latinx and other people of color who have a significant impact on our society. Go here to check out some of the best Latinx podcasts.
3.) Watch a Latinx or Telenovela TV show
You may have already seen the many telenovela memes and gifs that are circulating on social media. If you haven’t, you’re really missing out. Latinx shows and telenovelas are not only one of the best ways to be entertained, but are also a great way to brush up on your Spanish skills – laughs in Spanish. Telenovelas are known for their dramatic, somewhat confusing and outrageous stories, so they’re great for making you laugh and forget about your own issues. The best part is that a lot of telenovelas are now on streaming platforms like Netflix, so be sure to check them out. Some of my personal favorites are “Rebelde” and “Teresa”. Here are some more iconic Latinx telenovelas and shows to watch.
4.) Listen to a Latinx music artist
Latinx artists are taking the world by storm and have achieved success with numerous chart-topping hits. Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny was Spotify’s top artist for 2020, with over eight billion streams on a single platform. While artists like Ozuna, J Balvin, and Shakira are well known around the world, there are other musical artists you should look out for, such as Paloma Mami, Girl Ultra, and Tokischa. Go here to learn more about upcoming Latinx music artists.
5.) Support a Latinx-owned business
Food is a fundamental part of Latinx culture, so what better way to explore our traditions than to try a wide variety of culinary options? Visit your local Latinx-owned restaurant, cafe, or panaderia – Spanish for the bakery. Mexican cuisine is very popular across the country, but maybe try new Latin cuisine like Colombian Bandeja Paisa, Salvadoran pupusas, or Venezuelan arepas. Fortunately, there are many Latinx-owned restaurants and cafes in the Los Angeles area, such as La Guelaguetza, Mi Cocinita Chapina, and Patria Coffee. Here are a few other Latinx-owned restaurants and cafes worth trying.
There are also many Latinx-owned businesses in other industries that are worth supporting. From clothing to beauty to art, the Latinx community is starting businesses faster than the national average in several industries. You can find more Latinx-owned companies here.
Latinx Heritage Month goes beyond a month-long celebration. For many, like me, it’s a way of life. Being Latinx in this country can have its challenges at times, but as a community we always find ways to persevere. Latinx culture is beautiful, diverse, and rich in tradition.