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What Is The Story Behind Juneteenth became a Federal Holiday?

Americans will be celebrating Juneteenth very soon marking it is the day when the last enslaved folk in the US learned they were free. Black Americans have got the end of one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history following joy in the form of parades, musical performances, street festivals, or cookouts.

The fact cannot be ignored that the U.S. government has always been slow to embrace the occasion. President Joe Biden in 2021 signed a bill passed by Congress to set aside Juneteenth or June 19th in the form of a federal holiday.

Though many people are not aware of what Juneteenth is all about in a detailed manner, that is why holiday traditions are facing new sort of pressures indeed. Moreover, political rhetoric condemning efforts to teach Americans about the nation’s racial history, companies are supposed to use this holiday following a marketing event, and people might be partying irrespective of the fact why.

Here, we are going to mention what are the origins of Juneteenth and how it turned out as a federal holiday, and more about its history indeed.

The celebrations started with enslaved people in Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth would be celebrated as enslaved African Americans in Texas were told they are accessible on June 19, 1865. It has been a century and a half later, people celebrating this day and now it is known as a federal holiday.

  • How Juneteenth Is Celebrated –

Now, you might be thinking that how it is celebrated. Talking about early celebration, it came up with prayer and family gatherings and later included an annual pilgrimage to Galveston by former enslaved people and their families as per the sources. In 1872, a group of African American ministers and businessmen in Houston bought 10 acres of land and created an Emancipation Park intended to hold the city’s annual Juneteenth celebration.

Talking about today, some celebrations will go ahead to take place among families in backyards where food is regarded as an integral element, some cities such as Atlanta and Washington, holding larger events including parades and festivals with residents, local businesses, and so on.

  • What Is The Meaning Of Juneteenth?

It is an amalgamation of two words “June” and “Nineteenth”. The holiday has also truly been called Juneteenth Independence Day.

Conclusion –

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to celebrate Juneteenth to have with courage and excitement.

Nandini Singh
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