Hispanic Heritage Month 2013
by Rachel Devitt | September 29, 2013
Each year, from September 15 to October 15, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, a tribute to Latino people and culture and the vast, invaluable contributions both have made to the fabric of American culture over the centuries. Begun under President Lyndon Johnson as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and expanded to a month and signed into law in 1988 by Ronald Reagan, the observation begins on September 15 in order to pay tribute to the anniversary of independence in countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. (Mexico and Chile celebrate independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively.)
Those are the facts, the details of this important piece of American history. But Hispanic Heritage Month is also a living, breathing archive of vibrant, ever-changing Latino cultures and communities in the United States (and beyond). In keeping, Rhapsody has created this vibrant, ever-changing hub of Hispanic Heritage Month tributes: a month-long archive of playlists, album collections, artist profiles and more. You'll find explorations of Latin genres made in the USA and the Hispanic heritage of mainstream American pop; playlists of Fania favorites and Latino pride anthems; tributes to Hispanic icons like Gloria Estefan and Carlos Santana; and much, much more. Check back regularly for new content and keep the celebration alive all month long!