In celebrating Latinx Heritage Month, we are celebrating something much bigger than any one tradition. This month is a recognition of persistence, resistance, and pride. What is Latinx Heritage Month? The textbooks will tell us about its origins. We know that it began as a week-long observance in 1968. The month-long celebration, as we know it now, did not begin until 1989. The timing, we learn, is meaningful. The September 15 kickoff date, according to History.com's editors, was chosen, "because it coincides with the Independence Day celebrations of ... Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Those five nations declared their independence from Spain on September 15, 1821."