Hispanic Heritage Month

Southern Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

Beginning with Fiesta Latina on Wednesday, September 18, from 12:30 – 2 p.m., the university is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of campus events that are open to all. Visit the Hispanic Heritage Month page for a full listing of events.

Each year, Hispanic and Latino Americans celebrate the contributions and cultures of Hispanic Americans whose heritage can be traced to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The observation began as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded to cover a 30-day period from September 15 through October 15.  September 15 is significant as the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

The celebration extends into October to mark “El Dia de La Raza,” or “Day of the Race,” which celebrates the Heritage of Latin America and all the ethnic and cultural influences that make it distinctive.