Yesterday marked the kick-off of Hispanic Heritage Month that has been celebrated in the United States since 1968, beginning each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.
The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. Our Hispanic community has contributed to the success of our country in extraordinary ways. This month we want to highlight the contributions of our Hispanic community in advancing our economy, enriching our culture, and improving our communities.
To learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and the vast contributions of the Hispanic community in the United States, please visit: