This month-long period celebrates individuals from over 20 distinct countries each with unique histories.
The cultures and histories of descendants of these countries go far beyond their title as Hispanic or Latino.
To celebrate you can visit locally owned stores and restaurants, listen to a favorite or new artist, or pick up a book written by someone from one of these beautiful countries.
(LEFT) A dancer, dressed in a traditional costume, plays a seashell during an Aztec ceremony to celebrate the birth of Cuauhtemoc, the last Aztec emperor, in Ixcateopan, Mexico, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
(RIGHT) Illegal immigrant Layios Roberto waits outside the offices of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants scrambled to get papers in order, as the U.S. started accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get a work permit, but not a path to citizenship. President Barack Obama announced the program in June after pressure from Hispanic voters and others who said he hasn’t fulfilled a campaign promise to overhaul tangled U.S. immigration laws. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
(LEFT) Salvador Barberan, a Spanish professional bullfighter, performs during a bullfight in Chimalhuacan, Mexico, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007. Bullfighting planted its roots in Mexico shortly after the Spanish conquest in the 1500’s, and today, nowhere outside of Spain is bullfighting more popular than in Mexico. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
(RIGHT) Josalyn Herrera walks in front of a section of the U.S. border wall painted in the colors of the American flag between poses during a photo session for her quinceanera, or 15th birthday celebration, in Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
(RIGHT) Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957) sits in a hotel bed with a plate of Lucia cakes and a cup of coffee on her lap after winning the Nobel prize for literature and partaking in the tradition of being served cakes and coffee in bed, Stockholm, Sweden, December 13, 1945. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(LEFT) 3 Mar 2001: John Ruiz celebrates after defeating Evander Holyfield by way of decision after 12 rounds of their WBA heavyweight championship bout at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ruiz won the bout by way of decision after 12 rounds. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/ALLSPORT