This month heralds the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month, which runs from September 15 through October 15. First observed in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson as Hispanic Heritage Week, it was expanded in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan to its current 30-day observation.

Why was September 15th chosen as the “kick-off” day?

September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.

For Latino and Hispanic Americans, these four weeks honor their respective cultures, the histories behind them, and the traditions and foods unique to each Hispanic community.


We are looking for two new council Members to join the IDEAs council, if interested please reach out to Hailey Lavoie at HLavoie@CMCenergy.com or the council general email at Ideascouncil@CMCenergy.com.

IDEAs Council topics for the coming months:

November – National Native American Heritage & Birth of Báb
December – International Human Rights Day & Kwanzaa

If any of these topics inspire you and you want to share your story, a friend or loved one’s story, or simply would like to expand on why the topic is important to you, please feel free to reach out to the IDEAs Council at ideascouncil@cmcenergy.com.

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