Hispanic Heritage Month
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Did you know that this year our nation will celebrate “Hispanic Heritage Month” from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15?
Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim “Hispanic Heritage Week” in September 1968. The week of Sept. 15 and 16 was selected because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively, with Mexico celebrating their bicentennial this year!
The weeklong commemoration was expanded to an entire month by Congress in 1988.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a fantastic opportunity for people across the country to note the rich culture and traditions, and contributions of Hispanic Americans.
I urge you to celebrate Hispanic heritage this year!
For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month or ways to celebrate, visit: www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov.