National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month
is the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic-Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation, started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, was approved by President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15th and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18 and September 21, respectively.

Also:  National Preparedness Month

6th - Labor Day (United States) – a federal holiday dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

8th - Rosh Hashanah* (Jewish) – is one of the holiest days and marks the beginning of the Jewish new year.  It is considered to be a time to begin introspection; looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year.

11th - Patriot Day (United States) – an annual observance to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks on the United States – also referred to as 9/11.

16th - 16 de Septiembre (Mexican Independence Day) – marks the beginning of Mexico's struggle for independence from Spain in 1810.


17th - Constitution Day (United States) – a federal observance that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens.

17th - Yom Kippur* (Jewish) – known as the Day of Atonement it is the holiest day of the year for Jews.  Its central themes are atonement and repentance.

21st - International Day of Peace (United Nations) – recognizes the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace.

22nd - Sukkoth* (Jewish) - also known as Sukkos, Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles.  It is one of the three biblical pilgrim festivals, when it was traditional for Jews to visit the Temple in Jerusalem.


*Begins at Sunset

UAB Special Events

Friday, September 24th- UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center Gala, UAB School of Medicine.

September - Hispanic Heritage Month Resources: Mervyn H. Sterne Library, blog post(s), reading list, research guides,