Hispanic and Latinx Heritage:
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and honors the culture, contributions and influence of individuals who identify as Hispanic and Latinx. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the month honors “the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.”
Hispanic and Latino are used interchangeably by many—Hispanic is a term used to describe someone of Spanish-speaking origin, while Latino, Latina, and Latinx are used to describe a person of Latin American origin—the celebration, according to the official description, recognizes those whose roots are from a country that speaks Spanish as the primary language, hence why it is primarily referred to as “Hispanic Heritage Month.” Learn more here.
Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope
The theme of the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month is Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope. According to the National Council of Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), “the theme invites us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope.” It is a way to recognize and honor the ways in which hope has persisted in the face of the challenges faced this year.
Click here to learn about local events throughout the month to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.