Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) is celebrated in the U.S. each year to recognize and honor past and current Hispanics, Latinxs and their diverse cultures. This celebration began in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson’s administration as a week-long holiday; however, it was expanded into the month-long celebration it is today 20-years later by President Ronald Reagan. Although not all Latin American countries celebrate their independence from Europe during Hispanic Heritage Month, this 30-day period does include eight countries’ independence days in addition to Indigenous People’s Day, which is celebrated throughout the Americas, and Día de la Hispanidad, which is celebrated in Spain. This month-long celebration reminds Hispanics and Latinxs in the U.S. to cherish their cultures, histories, and identities. We hope that you enjoy this activity and that it helps your students learn about this special month.