For Spanish speakers across the U.S., Hispanic Heritage Month is a chance to celebrate the arts and culture created by Latin Americans and Spanish-Americans, from Camila Cabello to Penélope Cruz. Started in 1968, the month — which begins on Sept. 15 — commemorates the cultural contributions of Hispanic Americans with help from the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other groups that support culture in this country — including memes, which are their own art form unto themselves. With almost 60 million hispanic people in the United States, there’s a lot of room for arts and culture created by hispanic people that have immeasurably enriched our country.
It’s important to note, when talking about Hispanic Heritage Month, that it isn’t synonymous with Latinx heritage month — heck, plenty of Latinx people bristle at being called hispanic. That’s because ‘hispanic’ only refers to people from countries that were colonized by Spain, and not people from countries like Brazil or Haiti who share aspects of their culture with other countries across Latin America. In fact, the term ‘hispanic’ was created to group Spanish-speaking people together separately on the U.S. census only in the late 20th century, according to the Pew Center. That said, now more than ever it’s important to recognize the contributions of Americans with heritage from across Spain and Latin America who have made this country great. Here are just a few memes & tweets for when you’re feeling your sentimientos this Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.