Are you curious about the other Hispanic celebrations you might not know about? In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve gathered them for you!
Why do we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? 🤔
From September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in many parts of the world. It is a broad celebration of the history, cultures, and traditions of the Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, and communities in Central and South America. It is a moment where people trace and honor their heritage. What was then a week-long celebration in the US in 1968 became a state-wide commemoration dating back to 1988. According to recent research by Pew Research Center, the Hispanic population continues to grow in the USA, reaching a count of 62.1 million in 2020. With this, it is precious that we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month for its impact and contributions to the diversity of the US in many aspects 🎉
Have you heard about these? 🧐
It’s no surprise that Hispanics are known for their celebrations. Why not when their celebrations scream colors, flowers, banderitas, and more! You may have experienced one Hispanic celebration, but if you want more, this is the right place to get the idea! 😎
1. Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia, Argentina
Held at the beginning of March, this popular festival lasts for a week in Argentina’s wine capital, Mendoza. The festival is a winemaking celebration, offering visitors from across the world wine, drinks, food, lively music, and vibrant parades.
2. Día de Los Muertos, Mexico
Although Catholicism is widespread in Mexico, the Mexican tradition celebrates the dead differently on November 1 and 2. On the first day, people honor the baby angels or the “angelitos.” On the next day, the adults are then celebrated. These days, altars decorated with colorful flowers are set up where photos of their loved ones are put up, and they wear makeup to represent the dead and feast with their families in cemeteries.
3. The Barranquilla Carnival, Colombia
Declared by UNESCO as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, this famous festival of Colombia is a 4-day celebration of various colorful parades, vivid costumes, street parties, and feasts before the Catholic lent season. It is known to be a celebration of Spanish, African, and other indigenous cultures through their expressive dances.
4. El Año Viejo, Ecuador
As one of the most interesting celebrations in Ecuador, El Año Viejo is a year-end tradition of the Ecuadorians where they burn Año Viejo or “Old Year” dolls made of newspaper, hays, dressed in used old clothes, and sometimes even fireworks to bid goodbye to the past year and to welcome a better year ahead in the midnight of New Year’s eve. In this ceremony, men dress as women to symbolize the “viudas” or widows and their mourning for the Año Viejo doll.
5. La Ceiba Carnival, Honduras
Considered the largest festival in the country, Feria de San Isidro is a celebration in Honduras each year in May to honor St. Isidore (Labor Saint). The celebration includes festivals, music festivals, parades, and cultural activities. People gathered at the festival also painted their faces with dashing designs!
6. Mitsura, Peru
Food is the most important in Peruvian heritage. And in this celebration, food enthusiasts and chefs around the country come together in the capital to showcase a variety of Peruvian cuisines indexed with different delicacies of the regions in Peru. Apart from the food, people in the celebration enjoy music, dance performances, and a list of products people can purchase.
7. Festival de la Piña Paradisíaca, Puerto Rico
Also known as the Pineapple Festival, this annual celebration is held in the town of La Parguera. It is a place tourists and locals flock to because of its blue water bay, restaurants, bars, and boat rentals for sightseeing. As the name suggests, vendors sell local products like pineapples, fried food, and other products during this festival.
8. La Tomatina, Spain
World’s biggest food fight? That’s La Tomatina in Spain. Thousands of people take to the streets in the town of Buñol to throw tomatoes at each other. Is it claimed to have been rooted in a disrupted parade in 1945, which resulted in dismayed people throwing tomatoes, and the rest is history. Seems like fighting has never been this fun and unforgettable!
9. Festival de San Pedro y San Pablo, Venezuela
A major event for Venezuelans, Fiesta de San Pedro (Saint Peter) Y San Pablo (Saint Paul), is a celebration of folklore dancing, traditional music, and food combined. The night before the festival, bonfires are lit on the streets, and young women in hopes of having a child leap over the flames. People also wear traditional clothes and present an array of authentic Venezuelan street food such as empanada, tajadas, or yuca!
Are you ready for the best part? 🤯
As a multicultural small business, it has always been our mission to promote the diverse cultures and traditions of the world. With the new quarter coming in, we are proud to share that we celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with experiences that take us on a journey through the splendid heritage of the community with the food, drinks, and traditions that make them what they are. We are excited to introduce a new experience of Paint & Greet Llama, and our most-loved events of Hispanic-inspired Cockails & Mocktails, and Hot Sauce Making!🌶️🌮🧑🏾🌾🪅💐