National Hispanic Heritage Month

 

What is National Hispanic Heritage Month?

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year from Sept. 15 Oct. 15.  This coincides with the independence celebrations of seven Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.

A 1989 Presidential Proclamation marked the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month.  From 1968 1988, National Hispanic Heritage Week was celebrated during the week that included Sept. 15 and 16.

Sources:
Chase's Calendar of Events, 2003.
"Proclamation 6021 -- National Hispanic Heritage Month," Public Papers of the
   Presidents,Sept. 14, 1989
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U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features press release, Sept. 3, 2002.
The 2003 Presidental Proclamation will be posted on the White House Web site.

 

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