INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY
When is Indigenous Peoples Day in 2023?
Indigenous Peoples Day in 2023 is on the Monday, 9th of Oct (10/09/2023).
Indigenous Peoples Day is on the 282th day of 2023. There are 83 days left in the year.
Indigenous Peoples Day Facts
- Date: Oct 09, 2023
- Also Called:
- Celebrations: Celebrations; cultural activities, rallies and parades
In the 1980s, the American Indian community held protests demanding the replacement of Columbus Day with a day to celebrate the Indigenous People. The argument was that Columbus Day celebrates oppression, injustice, and colonialism subjected to the indigenous people. As the years went by, the move was embraced by various states who scrapped off Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day. Since then, most states have changed it to Indigenous Peoples Day, although others maintain it as an observation Day and not a paid holiday for employees. New Mexico and Maine adopted the holiday in 2019.
When is Indigenous Peoples Day?
Indigenous Peoples Day is observed on the second Monday in October in New Mexico and Maine. Indigenous Peoples Day 2020 will be on October 12th.
Is Indigenous Peoples Day a public holiday?
Indigenous Peoples Day is a state holiday in Mexico and Maine. However, most other states do not recognize it as a state holiday but rather an observance day.
What is open or closed on Indigenous Peoples Day
In New Mexico and other states where Indigenous Peoples Day is observed as a state holiday, government offices, organizations, schools, and most businesses remain closed. Emergency health services, police, and fire department are, however, open as usual. Operations in states that do not recognize the day as a day off are likely to run, as usual, considering that the day is just an observance here.
Things to do on Indigenous Peoples Day
It is time to celebrate indigenous people's contributions to the economy of the United States. It is also time for you to learn about Native Americans and their achievements. Most educational institutions often organize programs aimed at teaching the public about traditions, culture, and the background of the indigenous people. These programs are mostly free, and it would be a good thing to attend them.
You may also attend cultural activities held in most towns such as pow wows, where you will get a chance to dance, sing, and socialize with the native people. You will also get an opportunity to taste indigenous food while having fun.
There are also rallies and parades geared towards addressing the plight of indigenous people in the USA. While at it, be sure to buy artworks often displayed by hundreds of creative native people. There is no better support than purchasing creatives from the indigenous people.
If you already have a wealth of knowledge about the indigenous people, spend this day raising awareness to churches and community groups about the traditions and history of the natives.
If you do not have time to participate in such activities, consider donating to organizations that work towards indigenous people's rights. You may, however, need to do a background check to determine reputable and genuine organizations.
Indigenous Peoples Day Observances
- Oct 12, 2020
- Oct 11, 2021
- Oct 10, 2022
- Oct 09, 2023