In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month long celebration (September 15 - October 15), honoring our Nation's Hispanic heritage. During this time, America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
September 15 is the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.
National Hispanic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to focus national attention upon the contributions of the Hispanic community to American society. Most of the activities help to spread the word about Hispanic culture and individual and community achievements.
You may wish to view more information on Hispanic Heritage Month at:
- U.S. Census Bureau - Hispanic Heritage Month 2011
- Library of Congress (LOC) - National Hispanic Heritage Month
- Teaching with Historic Places - Hispanic Heritage Month Lesson Plan
- Hispanic Heritage Month Web Resources
- Smithsonian Education - National Hispanic Heritage Month
- Celebrate National Hispanic Month - Calendar
You may also wish to visit GobiernoUSA.gov, the U.S. government's official web portal in Spanish.
The source for this information is USA.gov. Visit this website for more information: http://1.usa.gov/nQd8JF