Every year from September 15th to October 15th Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebration was created to recognize the positive impact that Hispanic Americans have had on the country. “Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America,” according to the Library of Congress. Instead of the observance beginning on the first of the month, it starts on September 15th. This is significant because it is the anniversary of the independence of many Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their Independence Days on September 16th and September 18th, respectively. Rounding out the celebration month, October 12th is Día de la Raza (“The Day of Race”) in the U.S. and in certain Latin American countries as well. Spain refers to this holiday as Día de la Hispanidad (“Hispanic Day”) and Fiesta Nacional de España (“National Day of Spain”) and combines it with the celebration known as Fiestas del Pilar.
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