(CTN News) – In America, Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. Juneteenth is celebrated every year on June 19.
Following the death of African-American man George Floyd in police custody, this day has gained even more significance in 2022 due to the BLM protests being held in America.
What is Juneteenth?
African-Americans in Texas were emancipated on June 19, 1865. The end of slavery in America was thus marked. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, marking the beginning of Juneteenth. The Civil War had finally ended, and slaves could now go free.
Two-and-a-half years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, that freed slaves in the Confederate States of America, the announcement was made. It was celebrated occasionally until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s revived it. There are 45 states that recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, and it is being pushed for federal recognition.
Juneteenth Celebration and its Significance:
In America, Juneteenth became a popular time for family reunions and gatherings. Food is the center of Juneteenth celebrations, as it is at most social events. The Juneteenth celebration is often marked by barbecues, Strawberry Soda, and Strawberry Pie.
In addition to red rice with tomatoes, watermelon, and red velvet cake, red foods are also popular. In Juneteenth celebrations, red foods symbolize the blood shed during slavery. Churches also participate in Juneteenth celebrations with picnics and special services in many small towns and cities. These celebrations also feature traditional African American music and hymns.