A Few Fun Facts As We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Yesterday, we kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo, who shared a more personal side to his family’s story.  This month-long celebration recognizes the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to our country.

We’ll be celebrating all month long!  As we do, here are a few fun facts about this important occasion:

Why September 15 through October 15?
September 15 is the Independence Day of five Latin American countries– Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras. Mexico’s Independence Day is September 16 (today!) and Chile’s is on September 18. How better to kick off these celebrations than with an entire month of recognition?

Who is included in this celebration?
Everyone! This month honors those who trace their roots to Central and South America, as well as Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Mexico — but we’re all invited to the party.  Here are 5 Hispanic Americans you should know about.

How/Who established this month of recognition?
According to our friends at the Library of Congress, “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”.

Where can I find activities celebrating this month?
There are celebrations coast to coast throughout the entire month. If you find yourself in our neighborhood here in the Nation’s Capital, check out heritage events being held by the Smithsonian Institute by clicking HERE.

hh2Photo Courtesy: Smithsonian Institute

And be sure to stay tuned to GOP.gov for more.