Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15th through October 15th. Why these dates instead of just one month? September 15th is an important date because many countries in Central American gained independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. Additionally, the "Dia de la Raza," ("Day of the Race") is celebrated on October 12th, which recognizes Christopher Columbus's first voyage to America. This day is also known as "Día de la Diversidad Cultural Americana" ("American Culture Diversity Day") or "Día del Descubrimiento de Dos Mundos" ("Day of the Discovery of Two Worlds").
Under the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Week began in the United States, which was the week including September 15th. Then in 1988, under Ronald Reagan's Administration, it became a month-long celebration from September 15th through October 15th.
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