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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic history during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is September 15 to October 15. Here at the Maria Sanchez Show, we are looking forward to showing appreciation for Hispanic culture. This month gives those in the U.S. the chance to celebrate those with ancestry from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Spain.

A national recognition of Hispanics was started in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson as part of Hispanic Heritage Week. The holiday was expanded to its month long status, which was made effective as a law, thanks to President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Why start the celebration on September 15? This is the date that marks the independence of Latin American countries including Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica. The following days of September 16 and 18 are the dates of independence for Mexico and Chile, respectively.

Visit the County of Los Angeles Public Library (COLA) or the Autry National Center in L. A. to find out more about Hispanic history. These centers will be hosting many events surrounding National Hispanic Heritage Month. You can also check out podcasts from the Maria Sanchez Show for more information regarding celebratory events during this important month.

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