For Puerto Ricans living on the island of Puerto Rico, celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month is not a tradition. This could be due to the fact that these national celebrations are instituted to honor or remember customs and historical occurrences that have been undermined. But, even though Puerto Ricans have assimilated many US customs and traditions since becoming a US commonwealth in 1952, our Hispanic traditions are still ingrained in our spirits and as such, I believe, we do not feel the need to be reminded that we are a Hispanic culture.
Even so, I have chosen to participate in this celebration this year as a means to share with others the beauty of our culture as well as to participate in the commemoration of diversity, tolerance and acceptance. And of course, I have chosen to do so through my crafting.
There are many ways you can use this theme to provoke important and critical conversations in your family on the presence and influence that the Hispanic/Latin cultures have had on the US. You could discuss in your family circle the possibility of
- donating to a Hispanic charity
- instituting a weekly Hispanic food day in which you cook/eat foods from any Hispanic country
- choosing to celebrate a Hispanic tradition that is new to your family
- learning about and honor an influential Hispanic who has made a positive impact on society.
Or, of course, you could craft up one of my free patterns for this month that you can find here!