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EXPLAINED : NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

EXPLAINED : NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

About National Hispanic Heritage Month

  • It honours the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors are from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
  • The Hispanic Heritage Month “pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.”
  • It is celebrated every year from September 15 to October 15.
  • It was started by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week.
  • In 1988, Hispanic Heritage Week was extended to an entire month by President Ronald Reagan and it was enacted into law.

Significance of the Hispanic Heritage Month

  • It begins in the middle  of September, because of the significance of  September 15 as it is Independence Day of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
  • The five Central American nations declared their independence from Spain together on September 15, 1821.
  • September 16 and September 18 being the Independence Days of Mexico and Chile, respectively, which became free from Spanish rule in 1810 at the height of the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815).

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