Hispanic Heritage Month Begins

Hispanic Heritage Month is an official celebration of American citizens whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Hispanic Heritage Month “pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society,” according to HispanicHeritageMonth.gov.

The festival now lasts from September 15 to October 15 every year, but it first started out as just a weeklong celebration in 1968. Twenty years later, it expanded to dedicate a whole four weeks for the celebration of being Hispanic.

The celebration starts in the middle of the month, as opposed to the end, because the 15th marks the independence days of five Latin America countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize follow shortly after, on the 16th, 18th and 21st. (Source: TIME)

Reach out to the community

Invite your neighbors to join you for Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations! Customizable, printed outreach resources are available in English and Spanish:

  • Outdoor banner: Hang a banner in front of the church to extend a warm welcome to passersby.
  • Postcard: Invite neighbors to join you by mailing postcards to specific zip codes or areas of town.
  • Invitation card: Ask the congregation to pass out cards to family members, friends, coworkers and neighbors; also, ask area businesses if you can leave a stack of cards on a counter for customers to pick up.

Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and recognize the rich contributions of Hispanic-Latino individuals to the U.S. and your community. Dedicate some time in a worship service or during an event to talk about the importance of cultural diversity and how vital it is in the body of Christ.

Download these tools to support your efforts:

To add to your profile picture:

  • Go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes
  • Search for “Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.” 
  • Click “Use as Profile Picture” to save image with the frame.

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