The United States observes National Hispanic Heritage Month each year.
However, how long has it been that the U.S. observed this tradition? Did it always happen in an entire month?
What is the reason it begins in September beginning of the month? What are Hispanic Heritage Month Facts?
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Hispanic Heritage Month Facts
1. National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 15
2. National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of American people whose ancestral ancestors were from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central, and South America
3. The first time it was observed was in 1968 and was dubbed Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson
4. President Ronald Reagan extended the program in 1988 to extend to a period of 30 days
5. It was passed into law on the 17th of August 1988.
6. The 15th of September is significant as it marks the anniversary of the declaration of independence of Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
7. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence day on September 16, and 18, respectively.
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8. Additionally, Columbus Day or Dia de la Raza is celebrated on the 12th of October and is part of this 30-day timeframe.
9. The Law Library of Congress has created a guide to commemorative occasions and a complete list of Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations, and congressional resolutions relating to National Hispanic Heritage Month.
10. Images, photos, and teachers’ resources about National Hispanic Heritage Month are available at https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/
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