Top 7 National Heritage Months All Americans Should Know

Check out U.S. Heritage Months and Celebrations by Month

National and global holidays abound throughout the year, each one colorful, unique, and dedicated to raising support and awareness for meaningful causes and groups. Perhaps most memorable of these global events are Heritage Months. 

Regardless of your own ethnicity, everyone can find beauty in different heritages and appreciate what each one has contributed to the world, whether it be art, music, or cultural traditions.

Here are the heritage celebrations by month.

Do you know all of them?

1. February: Black History Month

February is Black History Month. An annual month-long celebration, Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate Black History, which is American history. The culture, wisdom, and arts that Black culture has brought to the United States and to the world is invaluable. It is an important part of American history that offers the opportunity to learn, reflect, and appreciate both the small and the big things in life. 

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Black History Month has a different theme each year, which is chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). 2023's theme, Black Resistance, acknowledges the people and organizations that have fought oppression. 

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2. March: women's History Month

That's right—we're including Women's History Month in this Heritage Month round-up because women are of all nations, and their contributions to events in history and modern society should never be overlooked. 

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In 1978, the Sonoma, California school district organized a Women's Appreciation Week in an effort to rectify the absence of women-focused material in the existing K-12 curriculum. From there, the event caught on and spread throughout the U.S. and abroad subsequent years after that. 

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3. April: Arab American Heritage Month

Although Arab American Heritage Month only became officially recognized by President Biden in April, 2021, Arab Americans have long contributed to and shaped American society in various areas such as literature, food, music, and culture. The month-long celebration honors the diverse and vibrant aspects of Arab American identity, culture, and experience. 

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There have been four significant waves of Arabs immigrating to the U.S. They occurred from the 1880's to 1924, 1925 to 1965, the 1960's until the 1990's, and then from the 1990's until present day. Many of these people are among refugees, laborers, white-collar professionals, students, and those fleeing political unrest. 

4. May: Asian American & Pacific islander Heritage Month

May marks the many contributions and achievements of the AAPI community with Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The month-long celebration of the AAPI community aims to highlight the vast diversity of groups that fall under the AAPI umbrella, each with their own culture, customs, identities and experiences.  

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The dream of cross-country travel, made possible by the U.S.' transcontinental railroad, would have never been realized without the blood, sweat, and tears of Chinese laborers, who were paid meager sums to work six days a week from 1864 to 1869. 

5. May: Jewish American Heritage Month

President Biden once said: "The Jewish American story, and the story of our Nation as a whole, is fueled by faith, resilience, and hope.  It is a story defined by a firm belief in possibilities, the resolve to make real the promise of America for all Americans, and a commitment to perfecting our Union."

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There are 5.3 million US Jews, which is 2.2 percent of the population. 

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6. September: Hispanic (Latinx) Heritage Month 

Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration in the United States that honors the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans from September 15th to October 15th. More specifically, these individual's ancestries can be traced to 20 countries and one territory — which includes Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Spain. 

While most of us are familiar with the official and more common umbrella term, "Hispanic," it does not fully represent the diverse races, cultures, and indigenous languages that encompass this large community. That's why you may also see this recognized as Latinx Heritage Month. 

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Many of the country's most important cultural institutions, including the National Park Service, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. If you're looking for ways to celebrate, the NPS shares ideas on how you can honor Hispanic Heritage Month in the outdoors. 

7. November: Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. While Native Americans make up about 2.5% of the total population, and their history and contributions are of vital importance to the nation's history, much of it has been forgotten or overlooked. 

That's why the annual month-long celebration is so important. It's an opportunity to remember. To honor and celebrate the rich culture, traditions, history, and contributions of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. 

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Native American Heritage Month is an opportunity to learn about indigenous history! Through government archives, ancestral places, museums, and by the people today, Native American history is preserved.

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