Tuesday, September 17, 2019

National Hispanic Heritage Month

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week to recognize the rich culture and contributions of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded the observance to a month-long celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.

The timing is key. Hispanic Heritage Month – like its shorter precursor – always starts on September 15, a historically significant day that marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The designated period is also a nod to those from Mexico and Chile, which celebrate their independence on September 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Since the first Spanish explorers and settlers landed in the Americas, Hispanic and Latino people have shaped the history and culture of the United States. Today, Hispanic and Latino people continue to demonstrate excellence in many areas including politics, public service, music, film, sports, business, science, and the military. 

The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps lists all U.S. postage stamps. The Guide can be found in some bookstores and Post Offices, ordered by calling 1-800-STAMP-24, or purchased through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop.

April 20, 2017
Let's Dance/Bailemos 
September 17, 2005

Latin Music Legends
March 16, 2011

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