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Hispanic Heritage Month

In Progress Thursday, September 15, 2022 to Saturday, October 15, 2022

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Celebrates the countless contributions of more than 60 million Hispanic Americans, Latinos, Latinas, Chicanos, Chicanx, and Latinx-identifying people and their ancestors to our culture and society.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latinx citizens who themselves or their ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period beginning on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, with the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, on October 12, falls within this 30-day period.

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