Emancipation Day 2013 – remembering the importance of freedom

| June 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Emancipation Day 2013 – remembering the importance of freedom

The importance of freedom cannot be underlined by any means. It is one of the basic rights of the human civilization. The value of freedom is only known by the countries that have gone through the phase of slavery. People have sacrificed a great deal for freedom. Wars, conflicts, issues, sacrifices, and campaigns have all been a root to freedom that we enjoy today. Freedom can be best described as a way when a man does not have to be a slave of any other and lives the way he lives, keeping in view the moral codes.

Emancipation day is a day when some specific slaves got independence from the British colonies and the American rules. The former British colonies in Caribbean and some in the United States celebrate the Emancipation day on various dates as they won freedom. The slaves, who were African by origin, had to struggle to gain the independence. The day is celebrated in various other places as well depending upon the date and slavery. Emancipation Day 2013 will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

Emancipation Day’s History

The slavery in British Empire was ended on 1st August 1834 with the help of Slavery Abolition Act 1833. The Emancipation day is widely respected and celebrated with utmost passion in British West Indies in the starting days of August. However, many Caribbean countries celebrate the day as a part of Caribbean Carnival. Caribbean Carnival also takes place at the same time of the year, though in some areas it is observes in February or March.

Celebrations of Emancipation Day:

The day is celebrated in different ways in different areas. The culture of these areas plays an important role in the celebrations. But one thing remains intact, they all gained freedom from slavery, and the day holds special place in the hearts of the people as they celebrate with all their heart and passion.

Barbados

The day is observed with dignity and pride in Barbados. It is a part of “Season of Emancipation”, an annual event that starts on 14th April and ends on 23rd April. Apart from the Emancipation day, the anniversary of Slave Rebellion is also observed. Some other events that are a part of the season include the Crop over Festival, the Day of National Significance and International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Day coupled with its Abolition.

A walk is usually held as the celebrations for the emancipation day in Barbados. It starts from Independence Square to the heritage village.

Bermuda

The celebrations in Bermuda start from the 2nd of August. First August is the national day in the country as well. The day is marked with a “Cupmatch” between St. George’s and Somerset cricket clubs. The people celebrate the celebrations of the emancipation day regardless of the result of the match.  Other countries that observe the day in August are:

  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands,

In some areas, the Emancipation day is celebrated as the first Monday in August. These are:

  • Anguilla: Along with the cultural Anguillian carnival celebrations, the country honors the emancipation day as well.
  • The Bahamas: The former slave village celebrates the day in Fox Hill Village. According to the people, they came to know about the freedom a week late. The celebrations usually last for a week in the area.
  • British Virgin Islands: Along with the emancipation day, the first Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are celebrated as the August Festival of the respective month.
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis: The celebrations for the Emancipation day last for 2 days, the first Monday and the Tuesday of August. The carnival is also celebrated in the area.
  • Dominica: The state holds first Monday as the day of when they were freed from slavery.

Importance    of Emancipation Day:                              

The day is pretty important, as is the freedom. Nobody wants to live under the command of any other. The nations sacrificed and worked hard to gain freedom. The day is encourages to be celebrated due to its utmost important in human society and the sacrifices that were made for it.

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Category: Calendar, Holidays 2013, International holidays, Public holidays

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