HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
Each 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 starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
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 September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
Check out the list of activities happening here in Utah below:
OCT 1 – 31 – LATINARTE, ARTS OF MEXICO IN UTAH
Enjoy the work of local Latino artists at a free art exhibit during October. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. at WSU’s Shepherd Union Building.
TUE, OCT 10 – CELEBRATING HISPANICS IN BUSINESS
The Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting a conference focused on growing Hispanic businesses. Sessions will include topics like hiring, growth opportunities and scholarships for students. The conference is from 10 a.m.. to 5 p.m. at the Zions Bank Technology Center in Midvale. Registration is $50 and is available online.
WED, OCT 13 – VIVA LA RAZA LATINX DANCE & CELEBRATION
Salt Lake Community College is holding a dance and celebration for the Latino community at large at its Taylorsville Redwood Campus student event center from 7 to 11 p.m.