Manit Day is a holiday that’s observed in the Republic of Marshall Islands on the last Friday of September annually. Also known as Culture Day, this holiday celebrates the art, history, and poetry of the islands. Many of the day’s celebrations are held either at the Library and National Archives or at the Alele Museum in the capital, Majuro.
It’s also a day when the residents of the islands set up their own booths and sell food, drink, artwork, tools, and traditional crafts. Other events that happen on this day include traditional singing, dancing, and sporting events. It’s a day for all islanders and tourists to enjoy the many cultures of the Marshall Islands on this day.
Observing Manit Day In The Marshall Islands
Because this holiday isn’t an official public holiday, banks, government agencies and schools remain open. It’s also a working day for many people who live in the Marshall Islands. Even so, this holiday is still observed quite enthusiastically all across the islands. People set up booths and sell their crafts, or sell food and drink to the people attending the cultural fairs on this day. There are also large events at Alele Museum and the Library and the National Archives.
Many people will dress up in traditional costumes and perform traditional songs and dances. There are traditional events that are held on this day including basket weaving and coconut husking. It’s also common for school tradition to put on special performances to entertain the general public. This can be dancing or storytelling performances.