Hispanic Heritage Month
“United in Christ”
September 15 – October 15, 2022
Resources in Spanish and English below.
Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15th to October 15th every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. Beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week” under President Lyndon Johnson, but it was later extended to a month during President Ronald Reagan’s term in 1988.
Since then, the month has been celebrated nationwide through festivals, art shows, conferences, community gatherings, and much more. The month also celebrates the independence days of several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15th, Mexico on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th. It also includes holidays recognizing Hispanic contributions, such as Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Day, which is celebrated in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In the following link, you will find a two-minute video explaining the history behind Hispanic Heritage Month.
This year we have selected the theme “United with Christ” based on Philippians 2:1-5 (NIV). How will you be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month? We encourage you to acknowledge and celebrate this special month within your units!
– Territorial Intercultural Department, USA Central Territory
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