Twitter Users Celebrate Start of National Hispanic Heritage Month

By Kenrya Rankin Sep 15, 2016

Today (September 15) marks the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Running 30 days, the observation started as a week in 1968, and former President Ronald Reagan expanded it to a full month 20 years later. It starts mid-month in homage to today’s independence days for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Nevermind the trolls who are using the #HispanicHeritageMonth hashtag to tweet about building walls, Twitter users took to their timelines to kick off the observance of Latinx culture today—and the social media site rolled out a new heart emoji for the occasion. Here are some thoughtful and celebratory posts: