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Publisher's Note


Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.

We have included some of the local Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations scheduled to date in our calendar of events, and we will continue to update the online calendar and will share them on social media as they become available.

If you haven’t experienced much of the local Latin culture, join in the fun! The activities range from outdoor festivals to elegant soirées such as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana’s Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel. There will also be various nation’s independence fiestas at local restaurants and even beauty pageants, and the always fun Carnaval Latino Celebration with its parade in October.

Use Hispanic Heritage Month as the perfect excuse to try something new, ask questions about different Latin American countries and to learn more about your Latino neighbors.