7 TOP ACTIVITIES TO CELEBRATE BEFORE AND DURING HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
It’s time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month again! It has been 29 years since Congress established September 15 to October 15 as the month to commemorate the contributions of Americans with Spanish and Latin American ancestry to the country’s history. Even though this is a great occasion to celebrate what we are and where we come from, one month really isn’t enough time to enjoy the richness and diversity of Hispanic culture, so here’s a list of things you can do to start the celebration right now!
GET A JUMP START ON THE HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION WITH FREEPASS LATINO
Till September 17 you can enjoy a TV marathon in Spanish (or English) called FreePass Latino. You’ll be able to access all of the premium content from channels such as STARZ with its acclaimed series “Outlander” and “Power”; HBO’s new comedy special by George Lopez called “The Wall”; hundreds of Latin American blockbusters such as the Mexican comedy “Rudo y Cursi,” starring Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal, Oscar-winning film “El Secreto de sus Ojos” from Argentina, starring Ricardo Darín; as well as hundreds of recent Hollywood films including Patricia Riggen-directed “Miracles from Heaven,” featuring Eugenio Derbez. All episodes from Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias’ show “Fluffy’s Food Adventures” will also be available. All of this entertainment will be at no additional cost to Xfinity users.
CELEBRATE FIESTAS PATRIAS
Hispanic Heritage month coincides with the independence celebrations of many Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, the significance of the independence movements across Latin America is part of shared history. There will be many fun events across the country for you to choose from. Here are a few:
- Independencia de Guatemala y Centroamérica (Miami)
- Festival Independencia Salvadoreña (San Francisco)
- Eventos de Latino Heritage (Los Ángeles)
- Desfile de la Independencia de Mexico de la Calle 26 (Chicago)
- Fiestas Patrias de la Grande 107.5 (Dallas)
ENJOY THE LAST ROUND OF WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
From October 5 to 10, countries will play against each other the last round of the main qualifying matches to the world’s biggest fútbol competition – FIFA’s 2018 World Cup in Russia. Here are the dates of the games that the teams from Spain and Latin America will play so you can binge-watch multiple matches and root for your country and favorite national teams:
- Oct. 5: Argentina vs. Peru, Bolivia vs. Brazil, Colombia vs. Paraguay, Venezuela vs. Uruguay, Chile vs. Ecuador
- Oct. 6: USA vs Panama, Mexico vs. Trinidad y Tobago, Costa Rica vs. Honduras, Spain vs. Albania
- Oct. 10: Honduras vs. Mexico, Ecuador vs. Argentina, Uruguay vs. Bolivia, Paraguay vs. Venezuela, Brazil vs. Chile, Perú vs. Colombia
4. STREAM THE BEST OF LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA WITH PANTAYA
If you love movies, check out new streaming platform PANTAYA. The service has a huge selection of Spanish-language blockbusters and critically acclaimed films from Latin America and Hollywood. Most of them are PANTAYA exclusives that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. What’s more is that many movies will be available on this platform the same day that they premiere in Latin America.
CHECK OUT SOME COOL LATINO DANCE MOVES ON MIRA QUIEN BAILA
From Salsa to Tango, music and dance are a big part of Latino culture. Some Latinos are more competitive on the dance floor than others, but they can definitely appreciate when someone else has all the right moves. And when you add some celebrity power, even better! Check out some “dance fever” as the hit dance competition “Mira Quién Baila” returns to Univision on Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m.
GO TO CONCERTS FEATURING THE HOTTEST LATINO ARTISTS
This has been a great year for some of the top Latino performers and many of them are on tour across the country. Take the opportunity to catch some of the hottest stars live! Here are some concerts that will coincide with Hispanic Heritage month:
SUPPORT THE LATINO FILMMAKER COMMUNITY AT THE NEW YORK LATINO FILM FESTIVAL. OCTOBER 11-15, 2017
Close the end of Hispanic Heritage month by going to the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) and supporting the work and creativity of Latino filmmakers. The festival will showcase features, shorts, documentaries and experimental films for the U.S. Latino community.
Hispanic Heritage Month 2017