Saturday, September 8, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month 2012: Sept. 15 – Oct. 15

About

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, which was observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The observance was expanded in 1988 by Congress to a monthlong celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), effective the following year. America celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the U.S. Census has issued a fact sheet about Hispanics in the United States.  See Download Census Hispanic Heritage Month Facts 

KJ

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2012/09/hispanic-heritage-month-2012-sept-15-oct-15.html

Current Affairs | Permalink

TrackBack URL for this entry:

http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341bfae553ef017d3be8e402970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Hispanic Heritage Month 2012: Sept. 15 – Oct. 15: