World Indigenous People’s Day in India in 2022

World Indigenous People’s Day in India in 2022
Front view of Gwalior Fort (Madhya Pradesh, India) Image by Anuppyr007 , via Wikimedia commons

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2022 Jharkhand Tue, Aug 9 Regional Holiday
2021 Aug 9
ChhattisgarhMon, Aug 9Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshMon, Aug 9Regional Holiday
RajasthanMon, Aug 9Regional Holiday
2020 Aug 9
ChhattisgarhSun, Aug 9Regional Holiday
JharkhandSun, Aug 9Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshSun, Aug 9Regional Holiday
RajasthanSun, Aug 9Regional Holiday

Observed on August 9th, on the UN's International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

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World Indigenous People’s Day in Jharkhand

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples celebrated on August 9th every year worldwide will be a state holiday in Jharkhand from 2020 onwards, according to chief minister Hemant Soren. Soren said, "The day holds significance for the tribal population in Jharkhand and I feel it should be a public holiday (state holiday). Since it is on Sunday this time, there will be no notification for the holiday but will do so from next year onwards." On the day, Jharkhand will honour tribal freedom fighters and others who contributed for the state and the nation, he added.

About Adivasi Divas

Adivasi is the collective term for tribes of the Indian subcontinent. According to the 2011 census, They make up 8.6% of India's population or 104 million people. The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has a large number of ethnic tribes, with Adhivasi accounting for 20% of the population or 15 million people.

To honour the tribes and recognise the specific challenges they face, Adivasi Divas (Day of the Adivasi) is a regional public holiday on August 9th, as that is the date of the UN's International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

In December 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples should be observed on August 9th each year. The date was chosen in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights held in Geneva in 1982.

The day is needed, as across the world, indigenous peoples are often among the poorest ethnic groups in society. According to the UN, indigenous people make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population but account for 15 per cent of the poorest.

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