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National Hispanic Heritage Month
Transcript of National Hispanic Heritage Month
The Washington Post Bibliography National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated all over the United States by different communities of Hispanic peoples that come together to appreciate their heritage and culture. Where else is the month celebrated? Berkshire County has a Festival Latino in Lee annually, with Latin American dance troupes, Latin American food, and other Latin American talent activities How does Berkshire County celebrate? September 15 is important because it marks the date of independence for many countries such as Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico's independence day is on September 16, and Chile's on September 18. Another important date that is within the month is Columbus Day, otherwise known as Dia de la Raza on October 12. Why is the date so important? This month is celebrated by generations descended from people of Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Who celebrates the month? President Lyndon Johnson first made Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 during the week including September 15 and 16 to honor the contribution by the different Hispanic peoples to America over the years. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan lengthened the appreciation of the many different cultures to the entire month from September 15 to October 16. Since then, 5 U.S. Presidents between 1990 and 2009 have issued proclamations for National Hispanic Heritage Month. How did it start? A month from September 15 to October 15
during which people of Hispanic descent celebrate their rich culture through many different activities during the month. What is National Hispanic History Month?