Hispanic Heritage Month is an official celebration of American citizens whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Hispanic Heritage Month “pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society,” according to HispanicHeritageMonth.gov.
The festival now lasts from September 15 to October 15 every year, but it first started out as just a weeklong celebration in 1968. Twenty years later, it expanded to dedicate a whole four weeks for the celebration of being Hispanic.
The celebration starts in the middle of the month, as opposed to the end, because the 15th marks the independence days of five Latin America countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize follow shortly after, on the 16th, 18th and 21st. (Source: TIME)
Invite your neighbors to join you for Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations! Customizable, printed outreach resources are available in English and Spanish:
Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and recognize the rich contributions of Hispanic-Latino individuals to the U.S. and your community. Dedicate some time in a worship service or during an event to talk about the importance of cultural diversity and how vital it is in the body of Christ.
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