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Hispanic Heritage Month Begins: Here's Everything You Should Know

The celebrations of the National Hispanic Heritage Month kicks of in the US with many coming together to celebrate the immense contributions of Hispanic Americans

Hispanic Heritage Month 2023 celebrates the significant strides made by Latinos in the US.
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As the calendar turns to mid-September, the United States kicks off a vibrant celebration: National Hispanic Heritage Month, running from September 15 to October 15. This month-long observance is dedicated to honoring and recognizing the diverse histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens with ancestral roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Historical Significance of Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

The timing of Hispanic Heritage Month, which holds profound historical significance, commences on September 15, marking the independence of several Latin American nations. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all commemorate their independence from Spain on this day. Moreover, Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence in close succession, on September 16 and September 18 respectively.

Evolution of Hispanic Heritage Month

The inception of Hispanic Heritage Month can be traced back to the visionary idea proposed by California Congressman George E. Brown in 1968. Following his proposition, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the observation of Hispanic Heritage Week in September of the same year. Subsequently, in August 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the commemoration to a month. In September 1989, President George Bush formally designated September 15 to October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month, recognizing the immense contributions of Hispanic Americans.

Inclusive Celebration in the US

The US Census Bureau underscores that Hispanic Heritage Month pays tribute to individuals whose roots trace back to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The long list also includes countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and beyond, encapsulating a diverse array of cultures and traditions.
2023 Theme: "Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America"

This year, the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is "Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America." It is a nod to the significant strides made by Latinos in the realms of economics and politics within the United States. The theme acknowledges and appreciates the indispensable role Latinos play in shaping and enriching American society.

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