Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hispanic Heritage Month 2010: Facts for Features (U.S. Census Bureau)

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week to celebrate the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The observance was expanded in 1988 by Congress to a monthlong celebration, and September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively ... read more

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