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Hispanic Heritage Month at Penn State September 15-October 15, 2015

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Serving and leading has been the highlight of many Hispanics lives for the last many decades in the United States.  The Hispanic Heritage Month, starting on September 15th through October 15th, is a time to honor and celebrate the historic background, culture, heritage, and many influences of the Hispanic community throughout the years.

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The observance was expanded in 1989 by Congress to a month long celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), 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.

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