5 things to know about National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15!

Below is everything you need to know about the celebration:

1. When is National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated in the United States?

Every year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

2. Why is it celebrated on these dates?

The day of September 15 is important because it is the anniversary of the independence of the countries of Latin America, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and 18, respectively. Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is observed on the second Monday in October, also falls within this 30-day period.

3. Why is it celebrated?

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the stories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

4. When did the celebration start?

The observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was extended by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted on August 17, 1988.

5. Where can I learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month?

Here are some sites dedicated to the month:

MORE RESOURCES FOR NATIONAL HISPANIC HISTORY MONTH

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