National Hispanic American Heritage Month (NHAHM), which spans from September 15 to October 15 every year, honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans, and celebrates heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. It’s a time to celebrate all the cultures within Latino/Latina/Latinx identity groups, including Americans with Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Salvadoran, or Dominican heritage.
It’s an opportunity not only for Hispanic and Latino people, but for everyone in America, regardless of ethnicity or race. Likewise, it provides a way to celebrate our differences while simultaneously reminding us that at heart we all share similar values such as family-oriented cultures and traditions, along with a love for art and music.
From sharing cultural traditions to eating traditional foods, there are plenty of ways that you can promote and celebrate diversity and show that you value and appreciate your Hispanic and Latinx team members’ heritage.
Here are 8 unique ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month virtually with your remote team:
- 1) Brief your team about Hispanic Heritage Month
- 2) Play Hispanic Heritage Month-themed team trivia & games
- 3) Take a virtual painting class with a Hispanic Heritage Month theme
- 4) Invite an expert on Latino culture to speak via Zoom
- 5) Host a virtual team lunch/potluck featuring Latin American cuisine
- 6) Send each other greetings in Spanish throughout the month
- 7) Sing (or play) popular Latin songs together as a team
- 8) Watch a short film or documentary on Hispanic Heritage
Briefing on the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month is an important step in valuing diversity and learning more about how people celebrate their cultural identity, as well as what challenges they face when trying to make themselves understood within American society.
Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and share some facts with your team!
About National Hispanic Heritage Month:
One of the most essential activities during Hispanic Heritage Month is recognizing important Hispanic and Latino American figures, both historical and contemporary.
Notable Hispanic and Latino Americans:
Q1: When is Mexican Independence Day celebrated? *
A) May 5th (Cinco de Mayo)
B) September 16th
C) July 4th
D) April 1st
One fun way to learn about Hispanic and Latino culture while bonding with your team is by playing trivia and other games together!
Here are four highly-rated Hispanic Heritage Month-themed games for 2021 on Offsyte that you can play together, led by professional hosts:
- Virtual Game Show Extravaganza
- The Great Zoom Challenge Game
- The Great Zoom Game Show
- Team Trivia Mashup
*[the answer is B! – read more about it here]
A paint and sip class is a great way to enhance your team’s painting skills and collaboration! With some drinks to go along (BYOB) and a paintbrush in your hand, you can have loads of fun catching up with your friends and colleagues. Participants are sure to have an enjoyable time while creating their Hispanic Heritage Month-themed masterpieces.
Book a Hispanic Heritage Month-themed Paint & Sip class:
A popular Hispanic Heritage Month speaker, Ariel Coro is known to deliver a moving speech and has a charismatic style when engaging his audience. His new motivational talk Resourcefulness Is in Our Roots tells the story of how he grew up during extreme poverty in Cuba’s “Período Especial” (Special Period).
Learn more about inviting Ariel Coro to speak to your team.
One of the best things about this activity is that you get to try new and exciting dishes.
Have your team choose any Hispanic or Latin American cuisine to prepare at home or buy. This is so that employees who are not chef-savvy don’t have the pressure of cooking anything like ceviche, paella, and other sophisticated dishes.
Here’s a list of 40 Mexican recipes your team can create in under 30 minutes:
… and don’t forget to take a team zoom screenshot when your team has all their dishes prepared!
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in style with greetings in Spanish:
“¡Feliz día de la Hispanidad!” (“Happy Day of Spanishness”)
One “Hola, ¿qué tal?” (Hello, how are you?) can brighten up someone’s day.
And don’t forget to wish everyone a good morning with “Buenos Días.”(“good day/good morning.“)
Find more greetings in Spanish:
18 Useful Spanish Greetings for Spanish Learners https://www.fluentu.com/blog/spanish/learn-spanish-greetings-introductions-list/
Music can be a powerful way to bring people together.
One of the most iconic songs in Hispanic culture is “La Bamba”, which celebrates Mexican folk music and tells the story about how young Ritchie Valens died when he was only 17 years old after his airplane crashed during takeoff due to weather conditions.
The tune has been translated into more than 50 languages, including English and Japanese, so that everyone—even if they don’t speak Spanish or any other language from Latin America—can join in singing along!
If you need more Latin song ideas for your team, here’s a list of suggestions:
Billboard’s 50 Greatest Latin Songs of All Time:
Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to watch films with your team on Hispanic culture.
Check out some of the best Hispanic / Latinx movies according to Women’s Health Magazine:
22 Best Movies Celebrating Latinx And Hispanic Culture To Watch In 2021 https://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/g34075846/best-hispanic-latinx-movies/
Plus a list of must-see documentaries:
Honor Hispanic Heritage Month With Eight Unique Documentaries https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/honor-hispanic-heritage-month-with-eight-unique-documentaries/
If you are looking for ways to celebrate Hispanic heritage this September and October, we hope you’ll enjoy these 8 ideas that can spice up your team’s bonding activities!
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