Every year in the US, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. Hispanic Heritage Month was established in 1968 proclaimed by President Lyndon B Johnson. At first, it was only one week but later was expanded to 30 days by President Ronald Regan in 1988.
September 15 was set as the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month because it coincides with the Independence of several Latin American, Hispanic, countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico (early September 16), and Chile.
Hispanic Heritage Month honors and celebrates the contributions of the Hispanic community to the American culture. Hispanics have had a great and positive influence on our country.
Let’s not forget that an important area of the US territory was once Mexico: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Utah, parts of Colorado & Wyoming. Thus, Hispanic culture and traditions have been a part of the American culture for centuries.
Through Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor the values such as the strong sense of family, community and hard work. Their festive culture, imagery, art, icons, heroes, artists, social activists, athletes, and scientists.
The Hispanic population of the United States in2015 was 56.6 million, making it the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 17.6 percent of the nation’s total population.