Updated: Oct 25, 2022
Are you ready to celebrate a month full of fun & learning? Here we will help you discover, grow & boost your team’s morale while exploring Hispanic Heritage!
What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Hispanic heritage Week into law. Then, some 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded it into a month-long celebration. The Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15 because this is considered the Independence Day for 5 Spanish-speaking countries, namely El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
Today, we participate in this month-long celebration of Hispanic culture by enjoying festivals, concerts, parades, and more! But how can we take part in this colorful celebration online? Here are 4 engaging Hispanic Heritage Month activities that the whole team can enjoy even in a remote or virtual setting:
1. Have a Virtual Lunch
One of the most popular, fun, and fulfilling ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month is having a virtual lunch centered on traditional Hispanic dishes! You can host a light cooking class with your coworkers with Kits by Food Craft Hot Sauce Making featuring high-quality Mexican chili peppers to give your team an authentic and truly memorable experience!
For starters, pick the team’s favorite, tacos or chilaquiles! What better way to celebrate this historic month than with new learning and a full stomach?
2. Have a Virtual Book Club
After feeding your body, it’s time to feed your brain - start a Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Book Club! What could be more engaging than having each team member enjoy the creative works of Hispanic authors?
You can vote on a book you all want to read or have each team member receive a customized surprise kit with a “mystery book” they must finish within the month. Then, to wrap the Hispanic Heritage Month, you can all hop on a video call and discuss what you learned. We found a list of best-selling Hispanic-inspired books of different genres, from romance and horror to non-fiction.
Here is some discussion prompts:
What have you learned while reading this book?
What stuck with you the most?
What message was the author trying to convey?
3. Get Crafty!
You can host an artist-led class like a new unique experience of Paint and Greet Llama with a DIY kit for adults prepared for each team member. It’s a beginner-friendly experience where your team will learn easy painting techniques on a ceramic Llama figurine, virtually meet the royal Llamas from South America, and reside in North Texas’ local Llama castle called ShangriLlama! You might even be surprised by how much you can learn about Hispanic culture by diving into it!
4. It’s Time for a Happy Hour!
Lastly, cap your Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration with a good Hispanic Cocktail! Create your drinks together and have virtual “cheers” as you celebrate a successful Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Want to spice it up a little? You can have a weekly virtual happy hour and try out different refreshing recipes!
Tips for Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Virtually at Work
1. Encouragement is the key
Hype up the celebration and offer as much support as possible, but if a team member shows that they do not want to get involved, don’t push them too hard. Some people aren’t comfortable joining celebrations “out of compliance,” You want to create an environment where anyone joining is doing so out of their own will.
2. Plan multiple activities
As this is a month-long celebration, you should have multiple activities for your team. You can ask each team member for ideas on how they want to celebrate, brainstorm, and vote on which ones the entire team wants to try.
You can also opt for the help of virtual event planners like Kits by Food Craft, who can create custom kits by demand, virtual and in-person (New York and Dallas) experiences for the whole team!
3. Be sensitive
You might be excited and overjoyed that you are pressuring your Hispanic employees or team members to participate more than the other team members. Remember that celebrations are meant to be fun and genuine and not just something that should be done because it is the “norm.”
Also, avoid stereotypes or jokes that can cause more division than solidarity. Focus on learning as this will serve as a better opportunity to bridge any cultural gaps and promote unity in diversity.
Que Es Eso?
What is the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month 2022?
The theme of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration this 2022 is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” Ily Soares, a Supervisory Accountant at Farm Credit Administration, submitted this theme.
How does social media celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?
You can post with hashtags like #HispanicHeritageMonth, #HispanicHeritageMonth2022, #latinx, #latina, and #latino to reach the right audiences. This is also a good way to connect with those actively celebrating this event!
How do you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at home?
You can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at home by trying some engaging team activities we’ve shared above!
No adiós just ¡hasta pronto!
Hispanic Heritage Month is right around the corner! Make sure to take this opportunity to share their rich culture with your team members or employees by hosting virtual or in-person team-building activities that aim to engage, teach, and bring your colleagues closer to each other, even in the comfort of their homes.
Kits by Food Craft is ready to take you and your team on a new experience by crafting fun team-building activities that meet your specifications, ensuring everyone will have a good time! Our mission is to promote, celebrate, and share with you and the world the rich culture and traditions of heritages through our food, drinks, and craft experiences. Shop now, contact us for a quote, and book your next celebration with us! See you!