Fun facts about hispanic heritage

Taryn Robinson , Opinions Editor

Hispanic heritage is observed around the world from Sept. 15 through Oct.15. People celebrate the histories and cultures of ancestors that came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

This day became significant in 1968 when Congressman George E. Brown created Hispanic heritage week as a suggestion towards recognizing important roles of hispanics in America’s past. His suggestion was approved the same day by the current president, Lyndon B. Johnson. 

This date was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It is significant to people of the hispanic heritage because Sept. 15 is the anniversary of the independence forLatin American countries. These countries include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and 18.

Hispanic heritage is celebrated in a myriad of ways during this 30-month period. From street parades to food fairs, everyone is sure to enjoy this holiday. Many also spend this month learning about their ancestors or other important figures in their community.

There are over 60 million Hispanics living in the United States. Many of them celebrate this time with their families and friends, and may even go to see loved ones in far away countries.