Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual national celebration that takes place starting today through October 15. During Hispanic Heritage Month, America celebrates the histories, cultures, contributions and traditions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
This celebration started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan increased the celebration time to a month, starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.
September 15th was chosen as the starting date for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th, respectively.
During this month, we are going to talk about different aspects of Hispanic culture, such as music, food, famous people and places. Next week we’ll give you a tour of Latin Cuisine and its amazing blends of tropical tastes and multicultural influences.
Do you have any celebration plans for Hispanic Heritage Month? If so, tell us about it.
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