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Mexico's Independence Day this weekend

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Thousands of people will celebrate their Latino roots this weekend around Washington State. This Sunday, September 16th is Mexico's Independence Day and the start of El Mes De La Herencia Hispania or Hispanic Heritage Month which ends October 15th.

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the many contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture. It was started in 1968 by president Lyndon Johnson. Several Latin American countries will also celebrate their Independence Day including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Chile.

The largest celebration in the state of Washington will occur this weekend at the Puyallup Fair which includes a concert with Enrique Iglesias. Last year this event had over 60,000 attendees.

"It really is something very important for our Latino community who come from all over to attend this event," said fair public relations counsel Karen LaFlamme. "It's a way for them to celebrate, to share their heritage with others in our community as well."

You can read more about these celebrations in the current issue of Tu Decides, the bilingual newspaper.