Every year between September 15th and October 15th, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. We honor the history, traditions, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. So how did it start? Well, way back in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a National Hispanic Heritage Week. Twenty years later, it was decided that a week wasn’t nearly long enough, so President Ronald Reagan decided to bump that up to an entire month.
Check out this article to get a ton of facts and figures you can dazzle your friends and family with. Odds are crazy-high that you may be asked “What’s up with starting and ending this in the middle of two months?” You can tell them that this wasn’t some random range of dates selected from the calendar. September 15th happens to be the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates their independence on September 16th and Chile celebrates theirs on September 18th. And Columbus Day is celebrated on October 12th. Of course, it doesn’t matter what your background is—knowing a little something about our country’s largest minority will guarantee you’ll be more than welcomed to the party.