National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15, 2014
Mes de la Herencia Hispana
The National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15th to October 15th when we recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans, and we celebrate their heritage and culture.
Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson, and the length of the celebration was expanded by President Ronald Reagan to cover a 30-day period (September 15 - October 15). It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their Independence Day on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.
Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with century-old traditions that reflect the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural customs of their communities.
Please join the National Consortium in recognizing and celebrating the Hispanic Americans throughout the nation who have positively influenced and enriched our society.