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History of Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968, known as Hispanic Heritage Week, under President Lyndon Johnson. It was later expanded to be Hispanic Heritage Month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, to cover a 30 day period starting September 15th and ending October 15th.


September 15th is important because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th, respectively, and Columbus day. also known as Dia de la Raza, is celebrated within this month, on October 12th.



What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month is a 30 day period starting September 15th and going until October 15th. It recognizes the contributions of Hispanic or Latin American people to the United States.


Where is Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated?

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated all across the United States, and in some other countries such as Mexico and in South America.


Who does Hispanic Heritage Month celebrate?

Hispanic Heritage Month pays tribute to the many generations of Hispanic Amencans who have influenced and changed the United States. It particularly celebrates arts and culture. and is supported by many organizations such as the Library of Congress. the Smithsonian Institution, and many more.



Why is it important to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?

It is important to celebrate and acknowledge all of the people that have helped shape our country in some form or another, because without them we wouldn't be the same as we are today.


Who celebrates it and how do they celebrate?

People from all over the United States and from Hispanic Countries celebrate this month There are many festivals held throughout the month such as the El Barrio Latin Jazz festival which is held in Bronx, New York from Sep. 15th to 25th. Another festival is the Northwest Arkansas Hispanic Heritage festival held in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Smithsonian Institute is hosting its own celebrations, such as Hispanic dance performances. art, and natural history exhibitions




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