Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Y!

Date: September 15, 2023

Hispanic Latino Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15, and the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is celebrating our diversity and the histories, cultures and contributions of our Hispanic, Latino and Latinx community members!

History of Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 and runs through October 15, giving us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate members of our communities and their ancestors who hail from Mexico, parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America and Spain.

Rather than starting at the beginning of September, Hispanic Heritage Month takes place over 30 days starting on the 15th — a nod to the anniversaries of national independence for a number of Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Most of the Hispanic and Latino communities recognize September 15 as the date of their independence; however, Mexico’s independence is celebrated September 16 and Chile celebrates its independence September 18.

Hispanic Heritage Month traces its history to 1968 when it was just a week-long observance. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill designating the week of September 15 as “National Hispanic Heritage Week.” * It wasn’t until nearly 20 years later that Hispanic Heritage Week was lengthened to an entire month under President Ronald Reagan’s term.

How You Can Celebrate!

The Y has some great ideas to help you and your family celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

  • Shop Local Hispanic, Latino and/or Latinx-Owned Businesses. Our community has some amazing local Hispanic, Latino and/or Latinx-owned businesses and restaurants.
  • Check out a new Hispanic, Latino or Latinx-produced or directed podcast or movie.
  • Read books by Hispanic, Latino and/or Latinx Authors. Check out some of the fantastic Hispanic, Latino and Latinx authors at your local library or bookstore. Explore those titles here.