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University of California Cooperative Extension

Hispanic Heritage Month

Why does Hispanic Heritage Month run from mid-September to mid-October? The date was chosen to bookend two milestones for Spanish speaking countries: the celebration of independence from Spain for Mexico, Chile, and, five Central American nations (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Costa Rica) and Columbus Day / Día de la Raza. This day is mostly celebrated by the Italian Americans rather than Spanish-speaking immigrants.

In the fabric of our society, the impact of Hispanics is undeniable. It is important for the new generations that our contributions in forging this great nation are valued beyond food and music. From astronauts to physicists, Hispanics have contributed to better our lives. Below are just two examples: 

Aileen Carrasco-Trujillo, Bilingual Nutrition Educator, UCCE Santa Clara

Fe Moncloa, 4-H Youth Development Program Advisor, UCCE Santa Clara