Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Meet The Hric Family
We're talking with Iris from Meet The Hric Family (@meet_the_hric_family) about celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Iris was so wonderful to share about her favorite traditions and what is important for her to hand down to her children. We hope you enjoy as much as we did!
Wanderwild: Tell us about yourself, your family, and the mix of cultures you all represent.
Iris: My name is Iris Hric, I'm from Bolivia South America and live in Pennsylvania. I am a stay at home mom to four wonderful kids and expecting my 5th child in March! My husband and I are from different countries - he's from Slovakia. We both speak different languages and have different cultures but do share the same religion; we are both Catholic. He speaks in Slovak to our kids and I speak in Spanish.
Wanderwild: How does your family celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Do you have specific traditions? Are any of these traditions particularly important to you to have passed down in your family?
Iris: We are trying our very best to keep our traditions and cultures to teach our children. In my country we have three cultural language traditions: Spanish is the national and official language spoken, while in rural areas there are Quechua and Amara and in the southeast there is Guarani. We celebrate the Bolivian Independence Day on August 6th. Every year all Bolivians dance to Bolivian folklore and we cook our traditional foods such as pique, sopa de gawi, sopa de mani, silpancho and more!
Wanderwild: Do you have a favorite cultural dish you like to cook or eat during this month?
Iris: I have a lot of favorite dishes, but I would pick pique, which is one of the easiest! Click here for a sample recipe.
Wanderwild: What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you and your family?
Iris: Hispanic Heritage Month means a lot to me because it reminds me where I came from. I don't have to miss my country during the month because I see many Bolivians honoring our culture through traditional dance and cuisine.
Wanderwild: What would you share with others who are not familiar with the traditions of Hispanic culture?
Iris: It is no secret we love a good party! From the spiritual and traditional, Bolivia's festivals are unique, colorful, and a fantastic experience for any fun-loving traveler. The San Juan Festival is held on one of Bolivia's coldest nights of the year and is known for large bonfires and fearsome firewalking.
Iris, thank you so much for sharing with us the things you love about Hispanic Heritage Month and your cherished Bolivian traditions! We learned so much and are so honored to #gowanderwild with your sweet family.