Celebrate The Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15

The Past

In the beginning it was the National Hispanic Heritage Week which was proclaimed by Lyndon B. Johnson president, in September 1968. The event was expanded to a month-long celebration (September 15-October 15) in 1989 by the Congress. 

Why September 15? Because it’s the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. On September 16, respectively September 18, Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence days. We should not forget about the Columbus Day which is on October 2.

The Present and The Future

Today there are about 56 million Hispanic people in the United States. This means that the Hispanic population is the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Between 2014 and 2015 the Hispanic population increased with 2,2%. According to a simple projection, in 2060 there will be 119 million Hispanic people in U.S.

Celebration

During the Hispanic Heritage Month we celebrate the heritage and culture of the Hispanic and Latino Americans, by recognizing their important contributions that they are bringing to U.S. They had and still have a positive influence on our country through their values and principles regarding traditions, family, faith, hard work and service.

The Hispanic or Latino term, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. On the 2010 Census form, people of Spanish, Hispanic and Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban or “another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.”

Check out the events related to the Hispanic Heritage Month.