By Sandra Ramon Vilarasau

United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month as a tribute to the country’s largest minority. According to the official website gobiernousa.gov, the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month was established in 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a week in September as National Week of Hispanic Heritage.

This celebration was extended in 1988 to a full month, from September 15 to October 15, to honor Hispanic heritage of this country. During this time, America celebrates the culture and traditions of those residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Hispanic countries of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

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Considered the largest minority ethnic group, the United States is now the second largest Hispanic population in the continent, with 53 million in the last study of 2012, after Mexico that already has 117.5 million. All this without counting the nearly 5 million residents of Puerto Rico.

Hispanic students also form a vital part of the U.S. economy. Latest Census data reveal that Hispanics became the largest minority student population, according to a study by the Pew Hispanic Center.

Our presence in the United States of America has been a great benefit to the economic, cultural and social life of this nation. And in this Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated the dignity of all its contributions, in a country that recognizes us as “an inspiration to those who dream of a better life for themselves and their families

Sourse: Edition 19 Aldea Magazine

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