US Holidays You Didn’t Know About

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US Holidays You Didn’t Know About

Discover the hidden gems of American culture with our blog on 5 lesser-known holidays, from Juneteenth to Mardi Gras.

Published on     25/04/2024 

Embark on a journey of cultural discovery as we unveil five lesser-known US holidays. From Juneteenth to Mardi Gras, join us as we delve into the vibrant tapestry of American traditions, revealing the diversity and richness that define our nation's celebrations.

1. Juneteenth

Our first stop takes us to the heart of African American culture with Juneteenth. Celebrated on June 19th, this holiday commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. Originating in Texas, Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Galveston to announce the end of the Civil War and proclaim freedom for all slaves. Today, Juneteenth is celebrated with vibrant parades, music, dance, and community gatherings across the nation, serving as a poignant reminder of the ongoing journey towards equality and justice.

2. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Next, we venture into the rich tapestry of Mexican-American culture with Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. While primarily associated with Mexico, this colorful and heartfelt holiday is also observed in many communities across the United States, particularly in regions with significant Hispanic populations. Held on November 1st and 2nd, Dia de los Muertos is a time to honor and remember deceased loved ones through elaborate altars, marigold decorations, delicious food offerings, and joyful celebrations of life. 

3. Indigenous Peoples' Day

Our journey continues with Indigenous Peoples' Day, celebrated on the second Monday of October. It honors Native American peoples, their rich cultures, and contributions, contrasting with Columbus Day. Indigenous Peoples' Day promotes awareness of indigenous resilience, heritage, and struggles for justice and sovereignty.

4. Mardi Gras

Prepare to don your beads and masks as we head to the vibrant streets of New Orleans for Mardi Gras! While this flamboyant celebration is well-known internationally, its roots run deep in American history and culture. Also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras marks the culmination of the Carnival season, leading up to the solemn observance of Lent in the Christian calendar. However, in true New Orleans fashion, Mardi Gras is anything but solemn, with extravagant parades, lively music, and indulgent feasting taking center stage. 

5. Thanksgiving Eve

Last but certainly not least, we wrap up our journey with a holiday that often flies under the radar: Thanksgiving Eve. While Thanksgiving itself is widely celebrated across the country, its eve holds a special significance for many Americans. Falling on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day, this unofficial holiday serves as a precursor to the main event, offering a chance for friends and family to reunite, reconnect, and kick off the festive season together. 

As we conclude our exploration of these fascinating US holidays, we invite you to delve even deeper into the world of hospitality and cultural immersion by registering for our Hospitality Academy programs aquí

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