Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15 – October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to U.S. society and culture. The observance was born in 1968, when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a monthlong celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.

The timing is key. Hispanic Heritage Month — like its shorter precursor — always starts on September 15, a historically significant day that marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. On September 16 in Dolores Mexico, a Roman Catholic priest ran church bells that triggered the announcement of the Mexican War of Independence which resulted in freedom for the New Spain Colony. The event is called the Cry of Dolores (Grito de Dolores).The designated period is also a nod to those from Mexico and Chile, which celebrate their independence September 16 and September 18, respectively.

Here’s a recipe to help you celebrate – it includes everything for shrimp tacos – Guacamole, Pico de Gallo and more.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by starting your Spanish Lessons today. Click HERE to find out more.