Navigating Holidays In The U.S. : Martin Luther King Jr. Day

American Holidays as an Expat:

Holidays vary from country to country. Relocating to the United States means learning a new culture and way of life. In the U.S., a major part of the American culture is its’ holidays. Federal holidays are typically observed nationally and often come with days off from work and school. Many retailers often celebrate with major sales events. Take advantage of these holidays as it’s an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the American lifestyle.

What is Martin Luther King Day?

Martin Luther King Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. To many Americans, Martin Luther King Jr. was a symbol of hope and equality. According to www.timeanddate.com, “Martin Luther King was an important civil rights activist. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the “I Have A Dream” speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.”

Fun Fact:

According to www.timeanddate.com, “Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986, although it was not observed in all states until the year 2000. In 1990, the Wyoming legislature designated Martin Luther King Jr/Wyoming Equality Day as a legal holiday.”

How to celebrate like an American:

Many Americans spend their Martin Luther King Day by volunteering at their favorite charity or organization.

 

Drive safe and enjoy every bit of your Martin Luther King Day.

Sources: www.timeanddate.com

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