Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15- October 15
What is Hispanic Heritage?
Hispanic-Americans, Latinos, are residents of the United States who trace ancestry to western hemisphere countries where Spanish/Portuguese is spoken. People of Hispanic background have lived in what is now the US since the 17th century.
The observation of Hispanic Heritage Month was initiated in 1968 as National Hispanic Heritage Week, but was expanded in 1988 to include the entire 31-day period. September 15 - October 15 was chosen because several countries celebrate their independence during this time period: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua September 15; Mexico September 16; Chile September 18.
Why celebrate Hispanic Heritage?
The governments of Mexico, Spain and Cuba helped finance the American Revolution and provided thousands of troops to help Americans win the War of Independence!
To view pictures of Lipscomb's celebration of the Hispanic Heritage month go here
For more information check out www.hispanicnashville.com