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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Join the conversation on social media by sharing your own inspiration and learning more about Hispanic and Latino heritage by using #HispanicHeritageMonth.

Community Engagement

Sep 30,2021 . 5 min read

Community Engagement National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

What

From The American Presidency Project: Proclamation 9927—National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2019: National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans, who have enriched our culture and society and helped make America into the incredible country it is today.

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/stories/hispanic-heritage-month.html#:~:text=From%20The%20American%20Presidency%20Project,incredible%20country%20it%20is%20today.

Context

“Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American society and culture. The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a month-long celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.

Additionally, the day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

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Today's Implications and How to Continue the Work

September 15 to October 15 is celebrated nationwide as National Hispanic Heritage Month. It traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. During this month and throughout the year, we, and our partners, share history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present.

Hispanic refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country.

Latino/a or Latinx refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a country in Latin America.

Join the conversation on social media by sharing your own inspiration and learning more about Hispanic and Latino heritage by using #HispanicHeritageMonth.

The official government website typically keeps a calendar of highlighted activities hosted throughout the United States, from concerts to art festivals and parades. A majority of the festivities held throughout the U.S. are family-friendly and occur at the local level—and many are free.

 

While events went largely virtual last year due to the pandemic, 2020's theme, as announced by the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), was "Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future." In 2021, the theme is "Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope."

While official 2021 celebrations have yet to be announced, vaccinated Americans can certainly throw a party of their own. And if you're staying close to home, you can always relax with a good book by a Spanish-language author that takes you into someone else's experience. Make it a point to support Latina-owned businesses. You can even brush up on your own Spanish by listening to these great Spanish-language podcasts and watching these Spanish-language TV shows (La Casa de Papel/Money Heist and Elite will have you hooked!).

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