Hispanic Heritage Month began as a way to promote the history, culture and contribution of Hispanic-Americans – specifically those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America as well a the Caribbean. The month celebrated with a variety of activities including concerts, parades, art exhibits and other festivals and educational events. The theme for 2022 is Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.
This month continues to take on strong influence in the US due to the tightly woven histories of music, food, art and literature in US culture and to the fact that Hispanic and Latino Americans make up approximately 18% of the total US population – making up the largest ethnic minority in the US. California is the state with the largest Hispanic population at over 14 million people.