September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month – a celebration of both Hispanic and Latinx culture in America. This month celebrates the fundamental contributions that the Hispanic and Latinx communities have made to the growth, vitality, and culture of America.
“Being elected as the first Latina woman, a native of Puerto Rico, to serve as a Caucus Leader in the Minnesota Senate on the eve of Hispanic Heritage Month has not been lost on me,” said Leader López Franzen. “What a historic moment for our community. I am honored to be the first – and most certainly not the last. Let us celebrate our rich history, identities, backgrounds, and the significant contributions that our community has given here in Minnesota and across the nation.”
Started in 1968 by Congress as Hispanic Heritage Week, it was expanded to a month in 1988. The celebration, from September 15 through October 15, begins in the middle of the month rather than the start of September because it coincides with national independence days in several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica celebrate theirs on Sept. 15, followed by Mexico on Sept. 16, Chile on Sept. 18 and Belize on Sept. 21.