Join us as Spartanburg County Public Libraries celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month also known as Latinx Heritage Month which is the culturally preferred term. Latinx is pronounced La-Teen-x / Lah-TEEN-eks. The term “Latinx” relates to people of Latin American origin or descent and is used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina.
History: The origin of the national celebration began as Hispanic Heritage Week back in 1968 and was later expanded to a month long celebration in 1988. National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from September 15th through October 15th by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
“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.”
– National Hispanic Heritage Month federal government site