National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed in the United States from September 15 to October 15. Communities across the country celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens and residents of Hispanic or Latin-American ancestry who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

September 15 is significant as the anniversary of independence for several 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. Día de la Raza (also known as “Race day”), on October 12, celebrates the diverse indigenous and European heritage of the people of Mexico.

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