Today marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which began in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and expanded in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan.
Why is Hispanic Heritage Month observed from September 15 to October 15?
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, which is why the City of Lynwood is hosting its Fiestas Patrias celebration this weekend. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.
For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month, you can visit: https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/hispanic-heritage-month
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! We’re looking forward to celebrating with you at Fiestas Patrias this Saturday, September 17 from 5-9pm at the Lynwood City Hall Front Lawn!