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Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 because this day marks the anniversary of independence for five Hispanic countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico achieved independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

Country

Date

Holiday

ArgentinaMay 25 (1810)Revolution Day
BoliviaAugust 6 (1825)Independence Day
ChileSeptember 18 (1810)Independence Day
ColombiaJuly 20 (1810)Independence Day
Costa RicaSeptember 15 (1821)Independence Day
CubaJanuary 1 (1959)Liberation Day
Dominican RepublicFebruary 27 (1844)Independence Day
EcuadorAugust 10 (1809)Independence Day
El SalvadorSeptember 15 (1821)Independence Day
GuatemalaSeptember 15 (1821)Independence Day
HondurasSeptember 15 (1821)Independence Day
MexicoSeptember 16 (1810)Independence Day
NicaraguaSeptember 15 (1821)Independence Day
PanamaNovember 3 (1903)Independence Day
ParaguayMay 14-15 (1811)Independence Days
PeruJuly 28 (1821)Independence Day
Puerto RicoJuly 4 (1776)U.S. Independence Day*
SpainOctober 12 (1492)National Day**
UruguayAugust 25 (1828)Independence Day
VenezuelaJuly 5 (1811)Independence Day

*Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory.
**Commemorates Christopher Columbus's initial landing in North America on October 12, 1492.




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