To those who can follow the path of their lineage and find a connection to the countries of Spain, Mexico, and other Spanish-speaking regions covering the Western Hemisphere, Hispanic Heritage Month serves as a time to recognize and celebrate the remarkable vibrancy within their culture.
From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, communities across the United States come alive with varied cultural events, from lively parades and festivals to art exhibitions and culinary showcases.
The month also serves as a time to promote awareness and understanding of Hispanic and Latinx history and contributions.
The origins of Hispanic Heritage Month date back to 1968 when it was initially organized as a week-long celebration by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It was later expanded to a month-long commemoration by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The dates chosen hold special significance as they coincide with the independence anniversaries of several Latin American countries, such as Costa Rica, Mexico and Chile.
Countries that celebrate their independence during Hispanic Heritage Month include:
Costa Rica: Sept. 15
El Salvador: Sept. 15
Guatemala: Sept. 15
Honduras: Sept. 15
Nicaragua: Sept. 15
Mexico: Sept. 16
Chile: Sept. 18
Belize: Sept. 21
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of July 2022, the Hispanic population of the United States is the nation’s largest racial or ethnic minority at 63.7 million. These communities consist of people from various countries, backgrounds and traditions.