Americas Day is celebrated on April 14 in Honduras. The day celebrates the cooperation and unity among the formerly colonized countries in North and South America. It is the initiative of the Organization of American States (O.A.S.), which has been instrumental in bringing nations across the two continents together since 1890. Seminars and demonstrations are organized throughout the country, as Hondurans mark the day of solidarity between countries with a shared history.
History of Americas Day
Americas Day celebrates the unity of the American nations across both continents. The day marks the anniversary of the establishment of the International Union of American Republics, now known as the Organization of American States (O.A.S.). The O.A.S. has been instrumental in developing a core sense of mutual respect and shared destiny amongst American nations that have a history of colonization. The O.A.S.is an evolution of the Monroe Doctrine, which rejected the long-withstanding monarchy of the European empire on the American continents.
The O.A.S. is an umbrella organization that includes all countries liberated from colonial repression, namely Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the United States. The organization works to strengthen the global collaboration of American states and acts as a union that defends the independence, territorial integrity, and sovereignty of member nations.
The day is commemorated by a string of official ceremonies, starting with the solidarity flag show of all of the countries of the Pan-American union. All public buildings are decorated with flags. Performances and drama shows unfold in major schools and colleges, and parades are carried out in the city squares. Businesses put up historical memorabilia dedicated to the O.A.S.
Americas Day timeline
South American leaders José de San Martín and Simón Bolívar propose an idea of an integrated union of liberated American republics.
The Charter of the Organization of the American States is signed at the Ninth International Conference of the American States.
The charter comes into effect with 21 founding countries.
The O.A.S. nations hold their first-ever Summit of the Americas to establish a Free Trade Area on the American continents.
Americas Day FAQs
When is Pan American Day?
Pan American Day, also known as Americas Day, is celebrated on April 14.
Which country celebrates Americas Day?
Americas’ Day is predominantly celebrated in Honduras and other formerly colonized American countries.
Who colonized Honduras?
Honduras was colonized by Spain in the 15th century. Honduras remained under Spanish control until 1821.
How to Observe Americas Day
Buy American goods
The O.A.S. has accomplished plenty of things over the course of its life, including a Trade Deal that went into effect in 2005. The organization excels in creating sustainable solutions that can be agreed upon by more than 30 nations. On Americas Day, honor the trade deal and buy from any of the Pan-American countries.
Study the history of European colonization
April 14 is the best day to take a deep dive into the history of European colonization and the deep marks it has left in history.
Explore the Americas
The O.A.S. includes several smaller countries that rely on tourism as a way to boost their economy.
5 Shocking Facts About European Colonization Of American Countries
The English overreach
England ruled over all 13 colonies on the Atlantic coast of North America and several islands during its prime.
Christopher Columbus’ main motive
Columbus mistook America for India when landed here after leaving Europe to look for Asia.
War and disease
European conquests pillaged natives of the continent, and they brought diseases from Europe that decimated the population.
The Puerto Rican finale
In 1897, Puerto Rico became the final country to be freed from the Spanish Empire.
Slavery and worse
The majority of people of color in Europe were taken there as captured prisoners or slaves.
Why Americas Day is Important
It celebrates liberation
Almost all nations in North and South America were colonized by European forces. The O.A.S. brings the leaders of these countries under one roof to share goals and ideas about a fulfilled economic and trade industry that values economic liberation.
It unites the Americas
Although the two continents are geographical neighbors, there are plenty of differences between the nations of South and North America. Americas Day attempts to bring people together and shows a united front in times of immense political and social turmoil.
It’s a day of celebration
Americas Day is celebrated by Hondurans of all creeds, religions, and backgrounds. The day is a resounding rejection of colonial powers in favor of a strong and self-sustaining democracy.
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