The first Hispanic Heritage Month was approved on September 15, 1968. The month long event from September 15th – October 15th gives people the opportunity to plan and participate in ceremonies and activities that recognize the contributions of the many diverse cultures within the Hispanic community.
The months of September and October cover a wide range of independence days for Latin American countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence on September 15. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16, Chile on September 18 and Belize on September 21st. El Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day) is observed on October 12.