National Loving Day:
Love doesn’t discriminate on any factor like color, race, sex, etc., and it is emphasized on this day of celebration on the 12th of June every year.
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Why National Loving Day?
It is a known fact that there is no discrimination when it comes to love and the way to proclaim this fact is to celebrate National Loving Day. The world, as we know it, comprises different people from different races, backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, tastes, preferences, etc. It is a diverse place and yet love is a common thread tying us all together. The day is a celebration of this love, which does not find any difference between people and is found anywhere and everywhere.
It is also the day to celebrate the victory of Mildred and Richard Loving’s fight for their love and rights which paved way for a bright future to not only them but also to many other people around the country and the world. It is a day to remind us of the freedom we have to choose and love anyone we want from anywhere and is a way to spread awareness about love and how it can be enjoyed with all our differences. Celebrating this day is to honor the bravery of the Loving couple who fought for their rights and that of others like them across the country.
How can we celebrate National Loving Day?
If you want to enjoy this National Loving Day, then it is the perfect day to show your love for people around you and these are some ways to do the same.
- Barbecues with families are almost like a tradition to follow on this day. While it is not mandatory, it makes way for a great get-together with your loved ones and family on this day. June is also the perfect month to have a barbecue in your backyard and this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the same.
- There are many celebrations and festivities planned on this day by multiple organizations. You can be part of these activities. The flagship for the celebration is carried over by the city of New York along with the many different gatherings in different cities. You can find the events happening near you, by searching online. You can host your celebration as well.
- This is probably the best day to watch the movie “Loving”, released in 2016, a movie made to honor the Loving couple who fought for their rights and that of the others. On the other hand, there are also many other documentaries available about the couple and their fight for their rights. You can watch them. Alternatively, you can simply have a movie day or night with your loved ones and watch all the favorite romance movies you can think about.
No matter what you do, remember to spread awareness about this day and the fight of the Loving couple using the #NationalLovingDay on your social media.
Interesting facts about National Loving Day:
While the day is about celebrating love across communities and ethnicities, here are some interesting things you might want to know about interracial relationships.
- Compared to only 3% of newlyweds who intermarried in the year 1967, nearly 11 million people intermarried in the year 2015.
- Research shows that the younger generation has more chances of dating and marrying someone from a different race, country, or ethnicity.
- Despite the increase in the number of interracial marriages and relationships, they are still looked upon with judgment by many. In the long run however it is believed that interracial relationships will help close the gap between multiple ethnicities.
- While the Loving couple married in the year 1958, the judgment making their marriage legal in the state of Virginia and across the country came only in the year 1967.
- Ken Tanabe, who started the celebration of this day was born to a Belgian mother and a Japanese father.
History of National Loving Day:
While the day is not officially recognized as a holiday, the day was initiated to celebrate the victory of the Loving couple against the state laws of Virginia for interracial marriages. While the verdict was announced on June 12th of 1967, it was not until the year 2004, the celebration of this day began. It was Ken Tanabe who started the celebration with the hope to bring together families from different ethnic backgrounds.