National Pan American Day:
Commemorating the first of the international conference of states of America, the National Pan American Day is observed on 14th of April.
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Why National Pan American Day?
A unified front is a necessity to strengthen our lives and that is reiterated by the National Pan American Day, which is a day observed commemorating the conference of the Pan American states in Western Hemisphere. The day, is observed in both North and South American countries and is considered as a day to strengthen the bonds between the states of different regions, with nearly 24 American nations being part of the conference. The idea behind the concept of Pan America is to strengthen security, peace and promote development across economic, social and cultural fronts. The week which has the Pan American Day is also celebrated fully as a Pan American Week with countries like Nicaragua, Uruguay, Honduras, etc. having an official holiday on this day every year to commemorate the event.
How can we observe National Pan American Day:
National Pan American Day is a celebration of the culture of the different regions in North and South America. It is a celebration of life itself and hence you can observe this day as you seem appropriate in your own culture. Here are some tips on how you can make this day interesting and observe the same.
- As the day is a celebration of the cultures across the country, you can make it a day to know about the cultures across the regions and also to propagate about your culture to others.
- You can learn about any specific country in the Western Hemisphere and find more about their weather, politics, climate, food, history and heritage.
- You can also explore on the government activities conducted on this day and be part of the celebrations planned and the activities organized as well.
- There are also many different cultural events and functions organized on this day, by many different organizations, which you can be part of.
- There are also development organizations and political speakers involved in the celebration of this day and you can participate or contribute to the cause.
- It is also a day when political speakers and business leaders come together. There are educational experiences organized by schools and universities including parades to celebrate which you can participate in.
Show your support to this day by posting on your social media and other online forums with a hashtag #NationalPanAmericanDay.
Interesting facts about National Pan American Day:
On this day, here are some interesting facts to know about the Pan American states.
- The Pan American countries organization was established to preserve the culture and to bring a mutual cooperation between these countries in benefit of each other. There have been several projects undertaken to this effect including the Pan American highway.
- Measuring to almost 30000km the Pan American highway winds its way into different countries of the American continents, connecting them by road, starting from Colombia to Buenos Aires.
- A continental sport event is held every four years featuring athletes from across the different American countries and is popularly known as the Pan Am or the Pan American Games.
- Honduras was part of the Pan American countries and is probably the only country to actually observe this day as a holiday and yet was suspended between the years 2009-2011 from OAS on grounds of the legitimacy of their government.
- The Pan American countries or the Organization of American States now also includes the Caribbean countries which became independent in the 20th There are nearly 35 countries now part of the organization.
History of National Pan American Day:
The first of the National Pan American Day was declared on 14th of April 1931 by then President Herbert Hoover. The day has been in celebration even before this proclamation and was celebrated on different days across the country. With the proclamation, the day of celebration across the states was unified to a single date in month of April, the 14th. The concept of Pan America however is much older with James Blane US Secretary of State coming up with the idea of an international conference for the states in Western Hemisphere. However the actual conference of all the American states did happen only in 1889 and is also the forerunner for the OAS or the Organization of American States.