Hispanic Heritage Month

Olay! So, what is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Every year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed and celebrated in the United States from September 15th to October 15th. This month is set aside to mark and commemorate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Did you know?

Hispanic Heritage Month began as only a week - long celebration? In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson began the efforts towards recognizing the contributions of people with Hispanic heritage by creating this special week. In August of 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded this observation to the current dates by enacting Public Law 100 - 402.

Why is it Celebrated from September 15th to October 15th?

Most monthly celebrations in the United States last from the beginning of any month to it's end. However, because the dates for so many important Hispanic struggles for independence fall within the September 15th to October 15th time frame, this month long observation reflects these special dates.

Celebrations of Independence: What anniversaries and struggles does Hispanic Heritage Month mark?

  • September 15th marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
  • September 16th marks the date of independence for Mexico.
  • September 18th marks the date of independence for Chile.
  • September 21st marks the date of independence for Belize.
  • October 12th (also Columbus Day) is celebrated as Dia de la Raza.