Centuries of Culture, History
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Hispanic Heritage Month ...
It is celebrated nationwide and was officially decreed from September 15 to October 15.
On September 15, schools began preparing essays with Hispanic themes, websites posted lists of events related to Hispanic Heritage, and museums prepared exhibits, films, and programs related to that topic.
Despite the fact that in the United States Hispanic Heritage dates back five centuries, it was not until more than thirty years ago that the nation officially gave credit to that heritage, and in 1989 the recognition evolved into the celebration of the entire month. .
The requirement to celebrate Hispanic Heritage on a national scale was made by the Senate and the House of Representatives. Those two bodies joined in Congress on September 17, 1968 the authorization for the annual proclamation of Hispanic Heritage Week on September 15 and 16. In that same resolution, the Senate and the House of Representatives demanded that Americans observe this celebration by organizing activities in accordance with the spirit of that week.
The designation for that week was selected because Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate their Independence Day on September 15, while Mexico celebrates it on September 16.
However, it was soon observed that this designated week coincided with the beginning of the school year, educators were very busy with their programs and could not devote all their enthusiasm to the celebration of Hispanic Heritage.
It was then in 1977 when President Gerald Ford, in order to stimulate the educational community and in general to participate, issued an agreement for all schools and human rights organizations to more actively observe that Hispanic week. Ford recalled that the Hispanic contribution to the United States has been consistent and vitally influential in the growth of culture in this country.
Echoing that proclamation, and calling it “a well-deserved honor,” President Ronald Reagan expanded that celebration in 1988 by authorizing Congress to extend it to one month, which is now celebrated as National Hispanic Heritage Month on December 15. September to October 15, including October 12 Columbus Day in Latin American countries and Columbus Day in the USA.
Contribution of other cultures
Throughout the entire history of the United States, many groups of people have come from different parts of the world and have helped build the nation that we have today. As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month we learn about other cultures, embracing the wonderful variety of people that make up our country, making it a microcosm of the world. Hispanic Heritage Month reminds us that people's Heritage is something that should be recognized, valued, celebrated, and shared.
Why National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated
Because it celebrates and recognizes the rich political, economic, social and cultural influence of Hispanics throughout the United States. The United States Agency for International Development is honored to adhere to the festivities celebrating Hispanic cultures, achievements and heritage, and recognizing the importance of Hispanics in United States foreign policy and international development.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration authorized by Public Law 100-402, which states: The President is hereby authorized and is requested to annually issue a proclamation designating the 31-day period that begins on September 15 and ends on October 15 as "National Hispanic Heritage Month" and calling on the people of the United States, especially the educational community, to celebrate that month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.