Why Does Hispanic Heritage Month Start On The 15th?
In the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year from September 15th to October 15th. This time serves as an opportunity to recognize and honor the numerous contributions Hispanic and Latino communities have made to our nation's culture and history.
Why does Hispanic Heritage Month start halfway through the month?
The 15th is tied to the independence anniversaries of several Latin American countries. It marks the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In 1821, these countries and Mexico declared their independence on September 15th from Spanish colonial rule. Thus September 15th was intentionally established as the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which was signed into law by President Reagan in 1988.
While these countries share some similar linguistic and cultural ties, they each bring unique traditions and histories to our country. Today, Hispanic contributions can be seen in virtually every field, including the arts, science, politics, sports, cuisine, and more.
If you’re interested in teaching your children about the various contributions of Hispanic and Latin Americans to modern-day America, check out these lesson plans from the National Education Association. For more information on how our Founder Jocelyn celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, see her interview with Everlane from 2022.
Establishing September 15th as the start date for Hispanic Heritage Month was a move made in consideration for the histories, cultures, and diversity of Hispanic Americans. It pays homage to the independence of Latin American countries while embracing unity among the beautiful melting pot that makes up the United States as we know it. Todo Verde hopes you’ll join us in honoring the lasting impact our communities have had on the fabric of the country this month, and all year long.