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Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month: Getting Started

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15-October 15 of each year.

It celebrates the history, heritage, culture, and contributions of American citizens with ancestors who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central/South America.

Watch this video to learn more about the history of Hispanic Heritage Month:

  • Hispanic: Refers to the language spoken; you are Hispanic if you and/or your ancestors come from a country that speaks Spanish.
  • Latino/a: Refers to geography; you are Latino/a if you come from Latin America, the Caribbean, South America, and Central America.
  • Latinx: Of/relating to/marked by Latin American Heritage; a gender-neutral alternative to Latino/a.
  • Chicano/a: American of Mexican descent.

Hispanic vs. Latinx