Santa Clara University

Office for Multicultural Learning

Chicano/Latino Heritage Month

Chicano/Latino Heritage Month 2013-2014

During this month the cultures and tradition of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean are celebrated. 

Programs are planned in the month of October at Santa Clara University.



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1968 - President Lyndon B. Johnson was authorized by Congress to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage week.

1988 - The observance was expanded to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15).

Many Latin American countries celebrate their independence in the months of September and October. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence on September 15. September 16 is Mexico's independence day and September 18th is the independence day for Chile. El Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day) is observed on October 12th. 

Celebration of Chicano/Latino (or Hispanic) Heritage Month includes all people with ancestry from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.