Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Embracing Diversity, Culture, and History

Every year, from September 15th to October 15th, the United States observes Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a time dedicated to honoring the rich cultural tapestry and significant contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. With roots tracing back to ancient civilizations, the Hispanic community has left an indelible mark on art, music, literature, cuisine, and much more. 91% of our BGCL members are of Hispanic and Latino backgrounds. In this article, we will delve into the significance of this month and explore the vibrant traditions that make this celebration so unique.

Understanding the Origins

Hispanic Heritage Month encompasses the independence anniversaries of several Latin American countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Chile. This period was officially recognized by the U.S. government in 1988, and it serves as a time to acknowledge the heritage and culture of the over 60 million Hispanic and Latino Americans living in the United States.

Diversity Within Unity

The term "Hispanic" is broad, encompassing people from various countries and backgrounds, each with their own distinct cultures, traditions, and languages. From the rhythmic beats of salsa music in Puerto Rico to the tango dance in Argentina, the diversity within the Hispanic community is awe-inspiring. This month is an opportunity to embrace the multifaceted identities that unite under the Hispanic umbrella.

Influential Figures

Hispanic Heritage Month also provides a platform to honor the contributions of outstanding individuals who have impacted society. From civil rights activists like Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez to artists like Frida Kahlo and Pablo Neruda, their influence extends far beyond the borders of their home countries. Their achievements testify to the power of determination and the ability to create positive change.

Cuisine and Culinary Traditions

One of the most enjoyable aspects of Hispanic Heritage Month is the celebration of diverse and delectable cuisines. From the aromatic spices of Mexican cuisine to the mouthwatering flavors of Peruvian dishes, Hispanic food is a fusion of flavors that tantalizes the taste buds and brings people together. Empanadas, paella, ceviche, and arroz con frijoles are just a few mouthwatering dishes that define Hispanic culinary traditions.


Spanish, the second most spoken language in the world, serves as a unifying force among the Hispanic community. This shared language is a source of pride and a powerful tool for preserving cultural heritage. It allows for exchanging stories, traditions, and knowledge, ensuring that future generations continue to cherish their roots.

Preserving Cultural Heritage

During Hispanic Heritage Month, communities host various events, including cultural festivals, art exhibitions, dance performances, and educational workshops. These activities allow people to learn about and engage with Hispanic culture, fostering understanding and appreciation.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the vibrant, diverse, and enduring contributions of the Hispanic and Latino communities in the United States. By embracing this rich cultural tapestry, we honor the past and pave the way for a more inclusive and harmonious future.

Our annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration will take place on Thursday, September 28th. It will be a night to explore and learn about different Hispanic countries and cuisines and enjoy several dances and performances by our BGCL Dance Academy.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!