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Native American Indian Heritage Month, Advent, and Giving Tuesday!

By Kathleen Britton

Kathleen Britton

In an attempt to acknowledge and understand some of the lesser-known Observance Days in America, I thought, perhaps, it would be helpful to provide a monthly rundown of them. As Americans, we each have and keep traditions alive within our families and communities. So, in this article, we will note the following observance days from November 25, 2022, through November 30, 2022.

Included in this article is:

Native American Heritage Day November 25

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First Sunday of Advent November 27

Giving Tuesday November 29

So, let’s get started.

NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH

In 1990, a joint resolution was passed by Congress and signed into law by the late President George H. W. Bush declaring November Native American Indian Heritage Month.

The purpose of this day is to celebrate Indigenous peoples, past and present, and rededicate ourselves to honoring Tribal sovereignty, promoting Tribal self-determination, and upholding the United States’ solemn trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations. Despite the broken treaties, dispossession of ancestral lands, and policies of assimilation and termination that sought to decimate Native populations and their ways of life, Indigenous peoples, their governments, and their communities have persevered and flourished.

As of 2021, there are 574 federally recognized Tribes in the United States.

On October 31, 2022:

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by the virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2022 as National Native American Heritage Month. I urge all Americans, as well as their elected representatives at the Federal, State, and Local levels, to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities, and to celebrate November 25, 2022, as Native American Heritage Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-seventh.” JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR.

ADVENT

Advent began sometime after the 4th century as a time of fasting and preparation for Epiphany, rather than anticipation of Christmas; celebrating the manifestation of Christ by remembering the visit of the wise men, and in some traditions, the Baptism of Jesus.

In the 6th century, St. Gregory the Great was the first to associate the season of Advent with the Second Coming of Christ.

In the Middle Ages, four Sundays became the standard length of the season of Advent.

Advent always starts four Sundays before Christmas. This year, 2022, Advent begins November 27. Advent always ends on Christmas Eve. This year, 2022, Advent ends Saturday, November 27, 2022.

The word advent comes from the Latin term adventus meaning “arrival” or “coming;” particularly something of great importance.

Many Christians prepare themselves with prayer, fasting, and repentance, followed by hope, and joy while eagerly awaiting the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. We also thank God for Christ’s first coming to earth as a baby, but also for His presence among us, today, through the Holy Spirit. We are preparing and eagerly anticipating His final coming at the end of the age.

GIVING TUESDAY

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement of radical generosity. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into an annual global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

REFERENCES

www.learnreligions.com

www.giviingtuesday.org

www.usccb.org

A Proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month, 2022 | The White House

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