Flag Parade at the Iowa Latino Heritage Festival 2019. Photo Tar Macias / Hola Iowa

Every year The United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage month starts on September 15 and ends on October 15. This month is dedicated to celebrating Hispanic heritage and all the achievements of Hispanics in this country.


This official celebration of Hispanic Culture started in 1968 when then president of The United States Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed one week of September as Hispanic Week. In 1988 the week turned into a month.  Every year the president of the United States proclaims the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month and he invites everyone to participate in this celebration of Hispanic Heritage and the achievements of Hispanics in the U.S.

The reason why Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15 is that 5 Latin American Countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua celebrate independence on this day. In addition, Mexico celebrates its Independence Day on September 16 and Chile on September 18. Also, October 11 was designated as Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day in the U.S.).

During Hispanic Heritage month The United States celebrates Hispanics who helped to make this country what it is now. It does not matter whether it was a reporter, artist, singer, astronaut, scientist, or businessman; every one of us has contributed to the development of this country. Immigrants make this country a better place. Among those immigrants, there are a lot of Hispanics who came here with nothing but a dream and a desire to work hard to reach that dream. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates these Hispanics with a dream.

This month let’s celebrate all those who crossed all the obstacles and limits to show us that with a desire to reach a dream and hard work anything is possible. Let’s celebrate the Hispanic heritage that has a lot of flavor and color to it. Let’s celebrate our people and ourselves.

Please visit our website HolaAmericaNews.com for information on the festivities in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month all over Illinois and Iowa. 

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