National Hispanic Heritage Month Explained

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National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates Americans from 20 countries and territories (Credit: Public Domain)

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15th to October 15th. It honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans from 20 countries and territories worldwide. This includes all residents — or those with ancestors — from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Why National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th

The celebration's mid-month start date holds a special significance. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all declared independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. In addition, Mexico and Chile mark their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.


Cities and towns across the US celebrate the month with traditional festivals and parades. Schools commemorate the occasion by highlighting the achievements of Latinos and Hispanics.

The extensive list includes major league baseball player Roberto Clemente. He was the first Latino to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Equally inspiring was Padre Felix Varela. The clergyman educated poor minorities in New York City in the early 1820s. He also founded nurseries and orphanages for children.

The month is celebrated by honoring the achievements of the diverse Latino and Hispanic community (Credit: AARP/ CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Then there is Sonia Sotomayor. She is the first Hispanic and third woman to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Former NASA astronaut Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman to go to space. She served on a nine-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1993. Ochoa was also the first Hispanic and second female director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Of course, no mention of Latino achievements can be complete without Lin-Manuel Miranda, the award-winning creator of Broadway shows like Hamilton" and In The Heights.

2023 theme

Many institutions have programs centered around the annual theme (Credit: Public Domain)

Many institutions, including the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC) and the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), mark this all-important month with educational programs centered around the annual theme. The 2023 theme is "We Are All, We Are One." It reinforces the built-in diversity within the Hispanic community and the power of unity.

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!



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  • kevy_12
    kevy_122 days
    Very interesting!
    • pastabaseball
      realest thing ive seen all day
      • evaleylamas483
        as a hispanic this really helped me learn more about my culture so i was proud to read this. im being so fr like i was screaming SLAY the whole time and my class was dying
      • chesan
        chesan8 days
        Nice I like it it was good
        • malayah
          malayah9 days
          happynationalhispanic#hertiangemonth# love it but im not
          • swillim383
            swillim38313 days
            Love this!
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              • mlaska
                Ms. Laska16 days
                I love this article about National Hispanic Heritage Month Explained and Happy Hispanic Heritage Month. For those that don't understand/short version. This a day they celebrate and all come together and they go to festivals and do traditional stuff. What an awesome celebration. The theme We Are All We Are One is very inspiring
                • honasupyvore
                  Happy Hispanic Heritage Month. For those that don't understand/ short version: This a day they celebrate and all come together and they go to festivals and do traditional stuff.
                  • readerezra
                    Mr. Ezra17 days
                    What an awesome celebration! The theme "We Are All, We Are One" is very inspiring.