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Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month

By: Eris Lowdermilk

The month of September is recognized in America as National Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebration begins from September 15 to October 15, and pays tribute to the many histories, cultures, and contributions of various American citizens whose ancestors moved from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central, and South America.

In 1968 United States President Lyndon Johnson established Hispanic Heritage Week and was later expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988; and was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of the Public Law 100-402.

September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for multiple Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18. 

Ways to celebrate could be researching about holidays and traditions, looking at the National Archives, listening to Latin music, or referring to the National Hispanic Heritage Month website for numerous resources.

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