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Interesting Hispanic Heritage Month Facts: National Hispanic Heritage Month is meant to celebrate the customs, legacies and achievements of United States citizens with Hispanic roots. Mexico celebrates their independence on September 16th. Chile celebrates their independence on September 18th. Belize celebrates their independence on September 21st.When, why, and who started Hispanic Heritage Month?
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.Why do we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?
Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted to celebrate the fundamental contributions Hispanics have made to the growth, vitality and culture of North America, highlighting many important and groundbreaking accomplishments, especially the discovery of America byChristopher Columbus on the morning of October 12, 1492.