Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. Why those dates? Well, it’s a significant time of year for several Latin American countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence on September 15. Meanwhile, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18 respectively. In the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the longstanding presence and tremendous contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America.
This month of recognition was first declared by President Ronald Reagan on September 13, 1988.
There are many resources on the internet to help parents, teachers and the generally curious explore the significance of Hispanic Heritage Month and the history behind it. One blogger has curated a most comprehensive list of such resources, which can be used in school and at home. Spanish Mama, Elisabeth, is the creator behind a wonderful, informative blog on Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture. You should check it out some time. To give you a little taste, I’m reblogging her post on Hispanic Heritage Month Activities.
Head over to Spanish Mama now for the full guide!