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. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
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 September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
Take a break from your busy routine
and sit down with a book,
read an electronic book on your computer or mobile device,
watch a movie with some friends, or
find an article in our Hispanic Databases.
(Researchers will also find great resources in our Collections!)
(image courtesy of LatinTrends.com)
Florida Atlantic University will host its celebration of Hispanic Month with a series of events taking place at its Boca Raton and Davie campuses. Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States, and celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture.
See the Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month schedule of events for all campuses.