Published On: Wed, Sep 16th, 2009

What is Latino Heritage Month anyway?

Mi Gente…That is one of the questions I frequently get asked…so I got the answer for everyone.

This kind of explains why it goes from Sept 15th to October 15th…(and no Mike, it was not because we were late)…As I have always said since 1997…Latino Heritage Month is every month at Sofrito For Your Soul.

When looking this up, it seems that many people have changed it's name as it is officially recognized as National Hispanic Heritage Month…

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Buen Provecho…

As I am,

George Torres

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Here is the official bio of this month of celebration…

Hispanic Heritage Month is the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanicheritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 18 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law onAugust 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

"September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin Americancountries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chileand Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18 and September 21, respectively." [1] Public Law 100-402 authorizes and requests the President to issue an annual proclamation designating September 15 through October 15, as "Hispanic Heritage Month".


What is Latino Heritage Month anyway?