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One endless voice to enhance our traditions: Hispanic Heritage Month

HispanicAmerican Intro

To honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Illinois senators discussed the importance of the month and this year’s national theme, “Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance Traditions.”

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, and it’s a time to embrace the culture and traditions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The celebration was first Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, but it was later extended to 30 days by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

The date Sept. 15 is important because it is the day many Latin American countries gained independence, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence soon after on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.