martes, 8 de septiembre de 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month

By Maibort Petit

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of 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 September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
According to a Census taken in 2010, 50.5 million people or 16% of the population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population. Presently, it is believed that one out of every five children born in the USA is of hispanic descent. 
It is impossible to run a business without taking into account the hispanic culture and appealing to therm as a buying force. Politically, it is now believed that neither party can win an election without getting the hispanic vote. In the next few years, it is projected that the hispanic population in the USA will double in size. 

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