Every year in America, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. In this time we celebrate the histories and culture of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Observation of Hispanic Heritage Month started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded into a month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. It was approved into law on August 17, 1988.
September 15th is significant because it is the independence anniversary of Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.
Here are some events going on in the greater Phoenix area to celebrate.
Click on each link to find out more!
Saturdays, Sept. 17 – Oct. 15