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National Hispanic Heritage Month – Annual observance begins Sept. 15

September 14, 2023

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The Postal Service will observe National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is held each year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

The commemoration honors the cultures and contributions of people of Spanish, Mexican, Central American, South American and Caribbean ancestry.

Approximately 13 percent of USPS employees report Hispanic ancestry.

The Postal Service has honored Hispanic peoples and cultures with many stamps throughout the years.

Recent releases include Mariachi, a celebration of the Mexican musical tradition, and Day of the Dead, a colorful issue marking the Nov. 1 holiday that combines Indigenous and Roman Catholic elements.

On Sept. 8, USPS released Piñatas!, four vibrantly colored stamps depicting the traditional Mexican party favorite.

National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place when it does because mid-September to mid-October encompasses meaningful dates in Latin America.

Sept. 15 marks the independence anniversaries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on Sept.16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Dia de la Raza, or Day of the Races, is Oct. 12. The holiday acknowledges the hardships brought by colonization and celebrates the multicultural, multiethnic society that evolved as a result.

The theme for this year’s celebration, chosen by the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers, is “Todos Somos, Somos Uno: We Are All, We Are One.”

The National Hispanic Heritage Month website has more information.

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