What Is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Starting on September 15 and ending October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long celebration that uplifts and commemorates Hispanic culture and all people of Hispanic and Latino origins. During this month Citizens pay tribute to Hispanic communities all over America.

The History Of Hispanic Heritage Month                 

The birth of Hispanic Heritage month begins in June of  1968 when California congressman George E Brown first introduced it as a commemorative week. During this time the civil rights movement was at its strongest, which helped set in stone the creation and appreciation of Hispanic Heritage. Only three months later congress passed public law 90-48, officially requesting from the president to Officially declare September 15th as the start of Hispanic Heritage Week.

Twenty years later President Ronald Reagan expanded Hispanic Heritage week until the full month we celebrate today.

The Importance Of The Date

Unlike other Heritage months, Hispanic Heritage month does not start at the beginning of the month. Instead, it starts in the middle of the month on the 15th. September 15th is the day that El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rico all celebrate their independence from Spain. Mexico Celebrates its independence on the following day, and Chile celebrates its independence day on September 18th. Between September 15th and October 15th, almost all the Hispanic and Latino nations celebrate their independence from Spain.

Why We Celebrate                                                                                     

During this month we take the time to embrace and learn the history of Hispanic culture. This month is celebrated to honor the achievements and contributions that Hispanics all over America have made.