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It’s Hispanic Heritage Month!


Every 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. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

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 September 18, respectively. Also, Indigenous People’s Day, which is on October 10th this year, and Dia de la Raza – on October 12 – fall within this 30 day period.

The State of Maine is home to a Hispanic and LatinX population of about 15,000. Spanish Language Mass is offered in eight communities in Maine. Saint Joseph alumna Sr. Patricia Pora, of the Portland Diocese, has done extensive work with the Hispanic and LatinX community in Maine. You can read more about it here.

“You are not lucky to be here. The world needs your perspective. They are lucky to have you” – Antonio Tijerino, President & CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

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