Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic HeritageMonth from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating thehistories, cultures and contributions of American citizenswhose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbeanand Central and South America.
HISTORYThe observation started in1968 as Hispanic HeritageWeek under PresidentLyndon Johnson and wasexpanded by PresidentRonald Reagan in 1988 tocover a 30-day periodstarting on September 15and ending on October 15.It was enacted into law onAugust 17, 1988, on theapproval of Public Law100-402.
CELEBRATE THE HERITAGEThe day of September 15 is significant because it is theanniversary of independence for Latin Americancountries Costa Rica, ElSalvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Inaddition, Mexico and Chile celebrate theirindependence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de laRaza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day
CELEBRATE THE HERITAGELatinos, or Hispanic Americans, constitute the second-largest and most rapidly growing distinctive ethnicgroup in the United States. The impact that this grouphas had on domestic and international affairs in theUnited States is substantial and promises to be evenmore significant in the future.
CELEBRATE THE HERITAGEWhile sharing close ties based on Spanish heritage andlanguage, Hispanic Americans are of diverse nationalbackgrounds, originating not only from the IberianPeninsula but from most of the nations of the WesternHemisphere, including the Caribbean and Central andSouth America.