Here’s why Hispanic Heritage Month starts in the middle of September

Each year, Americans observe Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, celebrating contributions, histories and deep ties in the community that have shaped much of the nation’s landscape today.

The month is meant to recognize the cultures that stem from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Hispanic Heritage Month starts in mid-September — and it’s for a symbolic reason.

Many Central American countries declared their independence Sept. 15, with Mexico and Chile celebrating their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes all of those independence days as they paved the way

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