Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of the contributions, cultures, and histories of those in the United States whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. It is observed annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week. It was later enacted into law and extended to cover a 30-day period in 1988. The start date of Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and El Salvador.
Additionally, Chile and Mexico also celebrate their anniversaries of independence in September.
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