What is Hispanic Heritage Month?


National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the cultural significance of Latinx people.

Gerardo Deanda, General Staff Reporter

Hispanic Heritage Month is the month where we celebrate the culture, contributions, and history of the Hispanic and Latinx people in the United States. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. 

While other dedicated months begin on the 1st, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15. This is because it marks the independence day of five Latin American countries: El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. Mexico observes their independence day on the 17 and Chile observes their independence day on the 18.

Hispanic Heritage Month originally began in 1986 as Hispanic Heritage Week. Later, in 1988, it was extended to cover a 30-day period.

Since its conception, it has been celebrated nationwide through community gatherings, conferences, art shows, and festivals.