Hispanic Heritage Month began in the United States as a way to celebrate the many different cultures of Hispanic and Latino peoples while also recognizing their struggles, contributions, and achievements. It is observed every year from September 15th to October 15th.
For Muslims, observing Hispanic Heritage Month opens the door to better understanding one of the largest ethnic populations in the United States while also celebrating the fastest-growing population in our own communities – Latino Muslims. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the deep connections that Hispanic heritage and Islamic heritage share, which go as far back as the 8th century, during Islam’s Golden Age.
If you are a Muslim parent or educator, try using one of the lesson ideas below to help bring Hispanic Heritage to life with your children.
Melissa Barreto is a home-educating mother of five children and the Co-Founder of Wildflower Homeschool Collective, a homeschool organization based in Northern New Jersey.