National Farm Workers Day is an annual American holiday celebrating farm workers. The work of these people is hard, but very important to society. After all, thanks to these hard workers, we can enjoy fresh produce every day. It is celebrated on March 31.
The story of National Farm Workers Day is inextricably linked to that of America’s national hero, Cesar Chavez. American farms began to be established during the Colonial Era. It was a terrible time, because the workers were usually black slaves brought in large numbers from Africa or poor people. They were willing to endure deprivation and hellish working conditions in order to earn a little money for themselves or their families.
Improvements on farms began in the 1930s. Then the Latin American migrant movement led by Cesar Chavez was gaining momentum. This man himself had worked on a farm for a long time, and decided to start fighting for the rights of ordinary workers. In 1962, he formed the NFWA, which was the occasion for the day’s celebration.
- Cesar was posthumously awarded the Medal of Liberty for his services.
- In the colonial era, about 20% of the colony’s inhabitants were slaves who worked on the farm.
- There is a separate holiday celebrated on the same date. It is dedicated to the very person of Cesar Chávez and his achievements toward protecting the rights of migrant workers.
How to celebrate
Explore the activities of Chavez and his farmer’s organization today. Visit museums to get a closer look at the historical evidence of that era.
Spread the word about the holiday on social media, raising public awareness.
When is National Farm Workers Day Celebrated in 2024?
National Farm Workers Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on March the 31st each year.