What is Indigenous Peoples’ Day?
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a special day which is celebrated on the second Monday of October annually. Indigenous Peoples’ Day should not be confused with Native American Day because the difference between these two special day is about how many states they are being effected in. Native Americans’ Day is observed in some states of United States of America such as South Dakota and California. On the other hand, Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an official city and state holiday which is celebrated across the whole United States of America. The purpose of this special day is honoring and commemorating Indigenous peoples’ culture, traditions and history.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first mentioned in Berkeley, California in the year of 1992 which was the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas. Later on, it spread to various other states and cities until 2010’s.
The celebrations and events of Indigenous Peoples’ Day may differ from states to states. But, in general, all celebrations and organizations aim remembering Indigenous people and their culture and history. There are some forums, conferences and formal parades are held in this day.
In addition to Indigenous Peoples’ Day,United Nations accepted International Day of the World’s Indigenous People which is celebrated on August 9 annually. There are still some states which have just started to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. There are still some critics about these celebrations because of the political correctness understandings. Some people prefer to celebrate Native Americans’ Day and some of them are only accepting Columbus Day.
When is Indigenous Peoples’ Day?
Indigenous Peoples’ Day’s celebrations and events are happening on the second Monday of October every year. The next Indigenous Peoples Day 2018 is on Monday, October 8. Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2019 will be celebrated on Monday, October 14, 2019.
See also Columbus Day.
Dates for Indigenous Peoples Day from 2019 to 2025
- Indigenous Peoples Day 2020 - October 12, 2020 - Monday
- Indigenous Peoples Day 2021 - October 11, 2021 - Monday
- Indigenous Peoples Day 2022 - October 10, 2022 - Monday
- Indigenous Peoples Day 2023 - October 9, 2023 - Monday
- Indigenous Peoples Day 2024 - October 14, 2024 - Monday
- Indigenous Peoples Day 2025 - October 13, 2025 - Monday