The Nunavut Subculture, or the Inuit people’s old way of celebrating the day, has been celebrated since Nunavut was first recognized as a Canadian first day. At that time, it was called Anishinai Okavakos or “widow day”. On this day women who were widowed were able to meet their neighbors, speak with each other and offer gifts to each other. It was an important time for the community and helped improve the standard of living.
The Nunavut Day celebration in Nunavut, Ontario was started in 1923 when the first Nunavut spirit wampum pipe was burned. Since then, different events have taken place to mark this great event. On April 1, 1999, the Nunavut Day celebration became a national day, although it was officially designated a first day of the year in early 1993.
Nunavut Day Date 2021
This long standing tradition has been marked by many things. On the official Nunavut Day celebration, members of the territorial society gather to give gifts and perform dances. At some point, the children of the territory are also permitted to participate. The traditional foods are also prepared, not only by local Inuit but by visiting guests from out of town who come to celebrate this popular public holiday with the residents of Nunavut.
- Year> 2021
- Date> 9th July
- Weekday> Friday
Nunavut daylight hours
Nunavut’s most northern community, has 24 hours of daylight in June and 24 hours of darkness in December. Southern Nunavut communities have more hours of light in the winter and more hours of dark in summer.
Nunavut Day Celebrations
There is also a lot of cultural programming in Nunavut throughout the year. It is important to note though, that despite the fact that it is officially a statutory holiday, it is still considered as a community day in most provinces. The Nunavut Administration does not recognise the celebrations as a statutory holiday, so the celebrations are not necessarily celebrated on this day.
Residents of Nunavut do however continue to observe it through many cultural activities, such as parades, workshops, storytelling, food events, sporting events, dances, parties and gatherings.
Nunavut Day in Canada
When it comes to cultural events in Nunavut, June is considered the busiest month. This is because this is the months when the Nunavut festivities happen. The busy months for Inuit (and Canadian) history can be considered relatively peaceful compared to other periods in Canadian history, which can be considered even with today’s growing tension between Canada and Native Americans. Inuit stories and music have played an important role in the Canadian identity story and the history of the natives.
The third biggest community in Nunavut is Iqaluit, which is the capital city. Iqaluit is one of the largest communities in Nunavut and hosting a Nunavut Day celebration is considered sacrilegious by some. Regardless of this, Iqaluit hosts one of the largest Inuit food and cultural events in the world, Inuit Onuakit which takes place annually in June. The day is considered extremely important for the Inuit people, who still use the traditional way of fishing and hunting, while also celebrating their culture, their heritage, and their heritage as a group.
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