On June 12, 1967, the United States struck down anti-miscegenation laws in the famous Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia. Festivals have sprung up around the country to celebrate June 12 as “Loving Day” and there is even an official lovingday.org if you wish to participate in any of the events taking place throughout the US. Although not yet recognized as an official holiday, the amount of attention paid to Loving Day continues to grow and my hope is for the federal government to eventually give this day the attention it deserves. At the very least, it should be a second Valentines Day. Sorry Midwesterners, I am not celebrating Sweetest Day; Americans need excuses to buy less candy, not more. In Brazil, they celebrate Dia dos Namarados, which translates as Lover’s Day, on June 12. Celebrating June 12 as Loving Day has both historical significance and ties in nicely with a holiday that already exists. So Happy Loving Day everybody!
p.s. to celebrate the occasion, C and I are going on a date to see the movie Belle.
NOTE: This year Brazil celebrated Lover’s Day on June 11 because the World Cup begins on June 12 and Brazil’s Hotels wanted to spread out the two events.