National Hispanic Heritage Month

#Friday Focus: Today’s #FridayFocus is on National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is from September 15th – October 15th. Join us in celebrating Hispanic and Latino heritage as we highlight many aspects of their vital presence and contributions to the United States throughout the month.  

A little history:

Law makers wanted to celebrate early Spanish explores and settlers and honor men and women of Hispanic descent in America. President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and President Ronald Reagan expanded the week into 30 days in 1988. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.  You’re probably wondering what’s the significance of September 15th . Well, the Independence Day of several Latin American countries is observed on September 15th Other countries like Mexico and Chile observe September 16th, and September 18th respectively making the 15th a great kick off-date.

There are several celebrations throughout Indianapolis planned for National Hispanic Heritage Month. If you’re looking for a fun way to join in the celebration, look out for the 38th Annual FIESTA taking place on Georgia St. on Saturday, September 14th from 12:00-6:00pm . To learn more , click here: https://bit.ly/2NMlLnk

Dinah Allen