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Hispanic Heritage Month Information & Resources

Hispanic/Latin(x) Heritage Month was initiated in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to a month beginning September 15 and ending on October 15. The 30-day period was chosen because the day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, which fall within the specific 30-day period.

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