National Mississippi Day:
Celebrated on 30th November, the National Mississippi Day is dedicated to honoring the 20th state to join the union of the US and its influence on the music industry, and the civil rights movement. Mississippi has historical relevance in the inter-racial conflicts and its resolution. Hang on and let’s dig into the specifics together today!
Related: Other National Days Celebrated on November 30th:
Why National Mississippi Day?
The state derives its name from the Mississippi River that flows along its western boundary. The unique name originates from the Obije word “misi-ziibi” which means Great River. The Mississippi River is one of the iconic landmarks of the US and is certainly an important chapter in its story.
Mississippi is considerably small compared to most states in the US. Its geographical position and land composition abound by many rivers made it naturally suited for agriculture. The people followed a rural laid-back lifestyle in harmony with nature, resisting to conform to the modern world, until the mid-twentieth century.
From the early 20th century Mississippi has immensely contributed to southern literature. The series of novels on the mythical county of Yoknapatawpha and its generations by William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel prize in 1949.
The genesis of Delta Blues, Rock and roll, Gospel music Country music, and Jazz Can be traced back to the Mississippi Delta. The Blacks and Whites who lived in this region have immensely contributed to the evolution of American music. The Black tenant farmers and sharecroppers sang away their misery and poverty through the beats and rhythms of their music.
Even with a dark past of racial discrimination and the setback of limited resources, by the early 21st century, Mississippi had made considerable progress in its social, economic, and political development.
How Can We Observe National Mississippi?
–The first exposure to the word Mississippi for most outsiders would be from the nursery rhyme that was used to teach the impossible spelling! Use the rhyme to teach your siblings, children, or yourself if you aren’t good with spellings.
-Use the traditional and weird method of saying out loud -one Mississippi, two Mississippi to approximate the passing of a second in many games like Hide-And-Seek, where counting is required.
–Take a trip to the past and learn about Mississippi’s history throughout the centuries, discover the known stories and dig into the untold ones.
-If you love traveling catch a flight to Mississippi. There are several tourist sites, national parks, and museums that you can visit.
-You can visit popular places like Biloxi Lighthouse, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Elvis Presley’s Birthplace, Old Capitol Museum, Vicksburg National Cemetery, Windsor Ruins.
-Grab a book written by Novelists Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, novelist-critic Stark Young, playwright Tennessee Williams, historians Shelby Foote, author of the three-volume The Civil War, A Narrative, and David Donald known for his works on the Civil War who are internationally recognized Mississippian authors.
-Use #NationalMississippiDay to share your pictures on social media and let the world know!
Interesting Facts On National Mississippi Day:
Here are some interesting facts about Mississippi to quirk up your celebrations!
–Natchez Trace is an ancient pathway that was formed by the trampling of Bison hooves for thousands of years. It was used by Hunting and gathering mound builders in the earlier. Later this pathway was used for transporting goods. Today it is a parkway and natural timeline taking us through the history of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.
– The Mississippi residents are regular church-goers, with more number of churches compared to any other states of the US.
–Mississippi also harbors the largest Bible-binding plant in Greenwood.
–The world’s largest Shrimp, Pascagoula can be found in the Old Spanish Fort Museum.
– The famous anecdote about Theodore “Teddy Roosevelt” refusing to kill a trapped bear while hunting occurred in Onward, Mississippi. A candy shop owner who heard about the event made a stuffed animal and called it “Teddy Bear”.
-The catfish capital of the world is Belzoni in Mississippi.
–Sandhill Crane, the rarest crane in North America is found in Jackson County.
-Mark Twain’s well-known books such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, and Life on the Mississippi were inspired by his experiences as a steamboat pilot in Mississippi.
History Of National Mississippi Day:
The first National Mississippi Day was observed in 2017. However, the founder and the reason for choosing November 30th as the National Mississippi Day is not known as per our research! This day is celebrated to compliment and emphasize the uniqueness of the State of Mississippi!