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Hispanic Heritage Month  

The National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States every year from September 15 to October 15. It was established to celebrate the customs, legacies, and achievements of American citizens with Hispanic roots. This month is observed in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. The first ever Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated on a national level in 1968. Hispanics are the largest ethnic or race minority in the United States as they make up approximately 17% of the population. The total figure is around 57 million. Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the United States.

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  • This month celebrates the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: – Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, and El Salvador.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated with community festivals, educational activities, museum exhibits and government gatherings.
  • Hispanic people were among the earliest European settlers in the New World.
  • Hispanic Heritage month has been featured on the Sesame Street.
  • Of the entire Hispanic population, around 65% of them are from a Mexican heritage.
  • The term Hispanic was first adopted by the United States Government in the early 1970s.
  • This celebration helps to recognize the history, culture, and contributions of Latino Americans.
  • Most of the people get confused between Latino and Hispanic but these terms are not interchangeable.
  • Initially, it was instituted as a weeklong celebration on September 15, 1968, by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

 

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