September 15th marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. It celebrates contribution of American citizens from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. September 15th is significant because it marks the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Independence Day for Mexico and Chile are celebrated on September 16th and September 18th followed by Columbus Day on October 14th. Latino Americans are now a population of over 50 million, the largest minority group in the US.