FEW joins in the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15. We honor those of American decent whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The 2021 theme “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and hope” reflects the values we all cherish as we recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover the 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
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. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.