From September 15th to October 15th, National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
In 1968 under President Johnson, the observation began as Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded it a month, 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.
It may seem odd that the celebration starts in the middle of the month. The reason? September 15th is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. It also is close to the independence of Mexico (9/16) and Chile (9/18). Additionally, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
For a list of local events, check out the Latino Heritage LA website.
CCMM helps bring to light the cultures of Latin American and South American cultures to the schools it visits. Click here to learn more about our programs.