What began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 by President Lydon Johnson turned into Hispanic Heritage Month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The celebration has begun, going from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Thousands across the nation continue to celebrate their culture, history, and look back at the contributions of Hispanics. Many celebrations may have either cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 but here are some safe ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month:
- Going on from today to February 2021 the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park will be exhibiting the work of Frida Kahlo. If you have a chance to visit San Francisco make sure to get your tickets at: https://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/frida-kahlo .
- If you are looking to stay home, grab some snacks and watch the award winning film Roma (Netflix) directed by Alfonoso Cuaron and starring first time Oscar nominee Yalitza Aparicio. Other films and shows to watch include: The House of Flowers (Netflix), Under the Same Moon (Hulu), or a classic Blood In Blood Out (Youtube).
- In Los Angeles hundreds of businesses are Hispanic owned and because of current circumstances many are suffering financially. LA Autentic Birreria has become a sensation on Tik Tok with the birria tacos and menudo. Tierra Mia is the coffee shop you don’t want to miss. Their signature horchata lattes and horchata frappes beat the competition.
LA Autentica Birreria Address: 11117 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
Tierra Mia: Multiple establishments
- Last but not least visit Olvera Street and La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Stepping on Olvera Street takes you to a different dimension. The diverse foods, clothing, and trinkets sold reminds many of their home. La Plaza de Cultura y Artes has got to be on your list of places to visit as soon as it opens. They exhibit Mexican American art, educate you on how the Hispanic culture has affected Southern California, and even have live music.
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes website: https://lapca.org/visit/