Monday, June 19, 2006

Happy Juneteenth!

Today is a State Holiday for Texas, and it should be a national holiday. For anyone who is wondering what Juneteenth is, it is the day 140 years ago, that the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in Texas.

7 comments:

patsbrother said...

By the same token, should we all celebrate - as a national holiday - the day Texas became a state? Or Texan Independence Day? Or Sam Houston's birthday? Or the day the Emancipation became effective in Georgia, or Florida? How about Mardi Gras? (I will assume due to the current national vibe Cinco de Mayo is out.) Or, we could all go gonzo and celebrate every day as a holiday: tomorrow, I'll celebrate the chartering of the CIA and the birth of John Goodman.

Patrick Armstrong said...

The day Emancipation became effective in Florida & Georgia is already celebrated as Juneteenth, big festivities are going on in Macon, Atlanta & Columbus tonight, along with many other smaller events across the South.

I definitely think it is a more worthwhile and appropriate holiday than, say, Columbus Day.

I totally think Mardi Gras should be a holiday, as should St. Patrick's day, Election Day, Armistice Day, VE & VJ Days.

Dante said...

There was a running joke in our high school that we took off for Peter Gabriel's birthday. It started my sophomore year when a few of us noticed that a snow day we had happened to be on his birthday. My junior year, there was another snow day called even though the severe weather conditions never panned out. Our senior year, the exact same thing happened! No snow but we had a snow day. We knew it was much more than a coincidence. Someone on the schoolboard was obviously a big fan.

Of course, it doesn't really matter all that much what is considered a holiday to the government. Most of us don't work for the government. Like most Americans, my private sector employer decides what is and isn't a holiday. Sure there are some days when I can't run to the bank during lunch or days where I curse the mailman for not picking up my mail before I realize he has the day off, but I somehow manage to move on with my workday. I can guarantee you Juneteenth isn't going to be on the list of my employer's holidays any time soon.

nikka said...

do we get to vote on this? i vote for juneteenth, mardi gras, halloween, and election day to become official national holidays. also, st. pat's and the day after should be a two day holiday, for obvious reasons.

nikka said...

i mean, really, how is it we don't get off work for election day?

patsbrother said...

Legally, I'm pretty sure an employer has to let you off to go vote. But some (the poor) feel discouraged and don't go. And one vote is not worth rich people's time (ex. Cheney didn't vote in - what was it? - the SIX presidential elections preceding the one in 2000). Thus, we keep voters nice and middle class.

And really, let's not kid ourselves: ask for All Saints', not Halloween: would you rather have off the day of or the morning after?

nikka said...

hmmm, yeah. the morning after halloween does sound better.