Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15 to October 15 and celebrates the contributions, histories, and cultures of U.S. citizens with ancestry from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Over the last decade the percentage of Connecticut residents of Hispanic origin increased from 13% to 17% of the state’s population.
September 15 is a significant date because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and 18, respectively.
To help celebrate and educate about the contributions of Hispanic Americans, check out the lesson plans, activities, background resources, and more compiled by NEA. Learn more.