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What is National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year from September 15th to October 15th, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed in the U.S. National Hispanic Heritage month is a celebration of histories, cultures and contributions of American Citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. This celebration started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover the period starting on September 15th to October 15th.

September 15th is significant because it is the anniversary of independence of several Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. On September 16th, Mexico celebrate it’s independence and on September 18th Chile celebrates it’s independence. To end National Hispanic Heritage Month we celebrate Dia de la raza on October.

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