Hispanic Heritage Month
Each year, Hispanic and Latino Americans celebrate the contributions and cultures of Hispanic Americans whose heritage can be traced to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The observation began as Hispanic Heritage week and was expanded to cover a 30-day period from September 15 through October 15. September 15th is significant as the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively.
The celebration extends into October to mark “El Dia de La Raza” or “Day of the Race” which celebrates the Heritage of Latin America and all the ethnic and cultural influences that make it distinctive.