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September 15, 2015 AT 12:00 am

National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2015 – 9/15 to 10/2015

National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2015.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

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Related:
Presidential Proclamation — National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2015.
hispanicheritagemonth.org
Smithsonian Education – Hispanic Heritage Month 2015.
USPTO Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.


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