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New Year's Day is the first day of the year, celebrated on January 1st. It is the beginning of the new year and the time to make new resolutions. This day is often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States holiday which marks, the birthday of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. this day is observed on the third Monday of each year. It is one of the four United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person.
On the Inauguration Day the President and vice president of United States are sworn in and take office. This day is observed once in every four years about two and a half months after the national election. Inauguration Day celebration helps to teach your child about presidents past and present.
Groundhog Day is celebrated on the 2nd of February in the United States and Canada. It is purely a North American tradition. It is believed that if the groundhog comes out of its hole and sees it's shadow on this day we are in store for 40 more days of winter. If there is no shadow, then spring is around the corner.
The Super Bowl is the American football championship game of the National Football League (NFL). This game and its ancillary festivities constitute Super Bowl Sunday, which has become a national holiday. Over the years this game has become one of the most watched U.S television broadcasts of the year.
Boy Scout Day celebrates the birthday of Scouting in America. All the scouting groups across the country celebrate this day. Scout Sunday or the Sunday nearest the 8th of February is marked with a church service, followed by pancake breakfast.
Chinese new year is also known as Lunar New year. This is the most important Chinese festival and starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later . The last day is known as Lantern Festival, celebrated with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.
Valentines Day is also known as St. Valentines Day and is celebrated on the 14th of February each year. It is hugely celebrated in America and Europe. On this day lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers or offering confectionery. On this day they also exchange love notes fondly known as "Valentines".
Presidents Day in the United States is officially known as Washington's Birthday. This day was originally designated in honor of George Washington's birthday, but it also has come to honor Abraham Lincoln also, as his birthday is in February as well. President's day is a federal holiday in the United States and is celebrated on the third Monday of February.
Mardi Gras in French means "Fat Tuesday". It is the final day of Carninval, the three-day period preceding the beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday as a last "fling" prior to the 40 days of Lent, which precedes Easter. The cities most famous for their Mardi Gras celebrations are New Orleans, Louisiana and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In the Western Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs forty days before Easter (Sundays not included). Ash Wednesday gets its name from the custom observed in some churches of dabbing ashes on the head as a sign of penitence.
Purim is celebrated every year according to the Hebrew calendar on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar (Adar II in a leap year). It celebrates the day following the victory of the Jews over their enemies. Purim begins at sundown on the previous secular day. This is the most festive of Jewish holidays, a perfect time for prizes, noisemakers, costumes and treats.
Holi or Phagwa is known as the Festival of Colors in India. It is a popular Hindu spring festival. It is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. This festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of Good over Evil.
Read across America Day is the nation's largest reading event, occurring each year on or near Dr. Seuss's birthday. Read across America Day or Dr. Suess Birthday is celebrated on March 2nd every year.
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) is a youth organization for girls. It describes itself as the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls. Girl Scout Week is celebrated every year from March 9 to 15th. It became official when the Girl Scout Week Resolution was passed by Congress is 2003.
Saint Patrick's Day is observed on 17 March and is celebrated in Ireland to honor its patron saint. This day is celebrated with parades, speeches, festive dinners, and dances. Green is the color of St. Patrick's Day, with thousands of little cloth shamrocks worn by all those who celebrate this day.
The first day of spring is observed around March 20 or 21 every year, depending on what day the vernal equinox occurs. The Equinoxes occur twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is oriented neither from nor to the Sun, causing the Sun to be located vertically above a point on the equator. The name Equinoxes is derived from the Latin word aequus (which means equal) and nox (which means night), because at the equinox the night and day are equally long.
Palm Sunday is observed as a Christian moveable feast which always falls on the Sunday before Easter. On this day Christians celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection. In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves
Passover begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan. This is one of the best known of the Jewish holidays, simply because it ties in with Christian history. The Last Supper was apparently a Passover seder.
April Fools' Day is also known as "All Fools' Day", it is celebrated on 1st April every year. Some see this day as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar (April 1). April Fools' Day is observed throughout the Western world. On this day practices include sending out fool's errand looking for things that don't exist and playing pranks.
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. This day commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Golgotha. Good Friday is also referred to as Holy Friday, Great Friday or Black Friday. Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation.
Easter is the most important religious feast in the Christian year. Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which Christians believe occurred on the third day after his crucifixion some time in the period AD 27 to 33. Easter falls at some point between late March and late April each year following the cycle of the moon. It is typically the most attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches.
This day is always observed annually during the last full week in April, standard Sunday through Saturday calendar week. This day is celebrated to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals.
Earth Day is a special day that celebrates the Earth. Earth Day, April 22, is the annual U.S. celebration of the environment and a time for Americans to assess the work still needed to protect the natural gifts of our planet. At present, Earth Day is observed in 175 countries, and coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Day Network.
The 1st day of the month of May is known as May Day. This day is a celebration of spring and a day of political protests. In many countries, this day is observed as a national holiday. Traditional English May Day celebrations include Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole.
Cinco de Mayo means "5th of May" in Spanish. This day marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla. In the United States, the "Batalla de Puebla" came to be known as simply "5 de Mayo." Many people wrongly equate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Independence Day, which was on September 16, 1810.
Mother's Day is a day honoring mothers. This day celebrates motherhood generally and the positive contributions of mothers to society. In the United States, it falls on the second Sunday of May each year. It is a time of breakfast in bed, family gatherings, and crayon scribbled "I Love You's."
President Harry Truman announced the first Armed Forces Day (AFD) on May 20, 1950. Every year since then, on the third Saturday in May, we've honored the men and women who have served in uniform. Several nations of the world hold an annual Armed Forces Day to recognize, venerate, and honor their military forces.
Memorial Day is also known as Decoration Day, and it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service to their country. This is an United States Federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May, traditionally May. Memorial Day weekend is a three-day weekend and it marks the beginning of summer.
Shavuot or Pentecost is a Jewish holiday that occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (which means late May or early June). Shavu'ot, the Festival of Weeks, is the second of the three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance. Agriculturally, it commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, and is known as Hag ha-Bikkurim (the Festival of the First Fruits).
Flag Day was first observed in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Continental Congress' adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th every year. Flag Day is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect to the American flag.
Father's Day is a day of commemoration and celebration of Dad. It is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. It is a day to not only honor your father, but all men who have acted as a father figure in your life - whether as stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, or big brothers. Father's Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving and special dinners to fathers and family-oriented activities.
People around the world have observed spiritual and religious seasonal days of celebration during the month of June. A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is most oriented toward or away from the Sun, causing the Sun to reach its northernmost or southernmost extreme. June 21st is called the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and simultaneously the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Around December 21st the solstices are reversed and winter begins in the northern hemisphere.
Canada Day was formerly known as Dominion Day. It is a federal holiday in Canada celebrating the anniversary of the enactment of the British North America Act of 1867. Canada Day is always observed on July 1, unless that date falls on a Sunday, in which case it is observed the following day.
In the United States, Independence Day is commonly known as the Fourth of July. Independence Day celebrates the birthday of the United States of America, as it was founded on July 4th 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The 4th of July is a time to celebrate - a time for picnics, parades and marching bands.
Parents' Day is a national observance, celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July, to increase awareness of parental responsibilities. In 1994, the U.S. Congress unanimously passed a bill (Public Law 103-362) to create a national observance for parents. On October 14 of that year, President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law, thereby establishing National Parents' Day.
Air Force Day was established on August 1, 1947, by President Truman "in recognition of the personnel of the victorious Army Air Forces and all those who have developed and maintained our nation's air strength."
Friendship Day celebrations take place on the first Sunday of August every year. There is not much history that can be garnered for this day except the fact that the US Congress proclaimed this day as the Friendship Day in the year 1935. Exchanging Friendship Day Gifts like flowers, cards and wrist bands is a popular tradition of this occasion.
Coast Guard Day commemorates the founding of the United States Coast Guard on August 4, 1790 by then Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines. The U.S. Defense Department suggests that this day is largely an internal celebration for all Coast Guard personnel and their families, past and present.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. This month of Ramadan is the month in which the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. During the month, Muslims fast (do not eat) from sunrise to sunset. In the evening and in the morning before the sun comes up, they eat small meals. This is the time for family, inner reflection, and spiritual growth.
Labor Day is a legal holiday that is approx. 100 years old. It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Labor Day is the celebration of the value and dignity of work, and its role in the American way of life.
September 13, Grandparents Day
National Grandparents Day was initiated by Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. The first Grandparents Day was proclaimed in 1973 in West Virginia by Governor Arch Moore. McQuade made it her goal to educate the young in the community to the important contributions senior citizens have made, and to the important contributions they are willing to make if asked. The official song of National Grandparents Day is "A Song For Grandma And Grandpa" by Johnny Prill. The official flower is the forget-me-not.
Constitution Day or Citizenship Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. On September 17, 1787, forty-two of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting. Only one item of business occupied the agenda that day, to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, schools and other institutions observe the holiday on an adjacent weekday.
Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday, commonly referred to as "Jewish New Year". Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, "head of the year" or "first of the year." This is the time of family gatherings, special meals and sweet tasting foods.
Eid al-Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal, the month which follows Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims throughout the world observe a joyous three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking). This is the time to give in charity to those in need, and celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy.
In the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the autumn season is the day of the year when the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving southward (on September 22nd or 23rd). This day is known as the Autumnal Equinox.
Yom Kippur is also known as the Day of Atonement and is the most important Jewish holiday. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th day of Tishri. This day set aside to "afflict the soul," to atone for the sins of the past year. It is believed that on this day God seals our fate for the coming year, therefore, the entire day is spent fasting and praying for forgiveness and a good year.
Sukkot refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest, as well as the commemoration of the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after Sinai. The word "Sukkot" means "booths," and refers to the temporary dwellings that people live in during this holiday. Sukkot is also known as Sukkos, Succoth, Feast of Booths or Feast of Tabernacles. It occurs in autumn on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (late September to late October).
Simchat Torah is a component of the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly), which follows immediately after the festival of Sukkot. Simhat Torah literally means "rejoicing in the Torah". It celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah and is a time of great celebration. There are processions around the synagogue carrying Torah scrolls and plenty of high-spirited singing and dancing in the synagogue with the Torahs
Columbus Day is celebrated in the United States to honor Christopher Columbus' first voyage to America in 1492. This day is celebrated in the USA on the second Monday in October. Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy in 1451 to Domenico Columbo, a wool weaver. It is also a great opportunity to have some fun with your kids and enjoy entertaining crafts and activities.
Navy Day is celebrated to recognize the Navy by several nations around the world. October 27th was suggested by the Navy League to recognize Theodore Roosevelt's birthday. The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on October 13th, 1775, by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America.
Bosses Day is also known as National Boss Day. It is a secular holiday and is celebrated on October 16th in the United States. Patricia Haroski, a secretary from Deerfield, Ilinois, originated National Boss Day in 1958 in honor of her white-collar father. Her father helped all of his children with good advice throughout their careers. When this holiday falls on a weekend, it is generally celebrated on the working day closest to October 16. National Boss Day offers employees an opportunity to recognize those in supervisory positions.
Diwali or Deepavali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus. This day is also known as the "Festival of Lights." Diwali is celebrated to signify victory of good over the evil within an individual. This festival is celebrated for five continuous days, with the third day being celebrated as the main Diwali. The day is celebrated with people lighting diyas, or candles, all around their houses and also with lighting fireworks. Lakshmi Puja is performed in the evening to seek divine blessings of the Goddess of Wealth.
Mother in Law's Day is celebrated the 4th Sunday in October. This tradition began January 23, 2002. It is similar to Mother's Day in that it is a day to celebrate motherhood.
Halloween is celebrated on October 31st every year. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, ghost tours, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses", carving Jack-o'-lanterns, reading scary stories and watching horror movies.
In the United States Election Day is the day set by law for the election of public officials. Election Day occurs on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November in even-numbered years; the earliest possible date is November 2nd and the latest November 8th. Terms for those elected begin in January the following year. The President and Vice President are inaugurated on Inauguration Day, usually January 20th.
All Saints' Day is also known as All Hallows or Hallowmas day. It is a feast day celebrated on November 1st by Anglicans and Roman Catholics. It is an opportunity for followers to remember all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, throughout Christian history.
The United States Marine Corps was established on November 10, 1775, to augment naval forces in the Revolutionary War. The Corps celebrated its birthday, or Marine Corps Day, on July 11 from 1799 until 1921 when the date was permanently changed to November 10 to commemorate the establishment of the Corps to aid in the Revolutionary War. This day is still observed by United States Marines worldwide.
The history of Veterans Day begins on November 11, 1918. It is an annual American holiday honoring military veterans. Veterans Day originally was held every November 11th, and though it typically falls on this day, officially the holiday is now observed on the weekday that falls closest to November 11th every year. Other countries today also still recognize November 11th as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in honor of the Armistice treaty which ended WWI.
Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival and is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. It is an annual American Federal holiday to express thanks for material and spiritual possessions. Most people celebrate by gathering at home with family or friends for a holiday feast.
Eid al-Adha is a muslim festival and is also known as "Festival of Sacrifice". This festival is celebrated to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God. Eid al-Adha occurs at the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage of millions of Muslims from around the world to Mekkah in order to worship Allah. Muslims around the world attend morning prayers at their local mosques. Following, they visit with family and friends, and exchange greetings and gifts.
The Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 was one of the great defining moments in history. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we mourn the more than 2,400 Americans whose lives were lost in the surprise attack on our homeland and honor those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor. We also pay special tribute to the veterans of World War II.
Eid-ul-Adha also known as the Festival of Sacrifice is celebrated worldwide at the end of Hajj (annual pilgrimage to Mecca) by Muslims and Druze. It is celebrated in commemoration of Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah.
Hanukkah or Chanukah is also known as the Festival of Lights. This is an eight-day festival of light that begins on the eve of Kislev 25. This day celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, of spirituality over materiality. Hanukkah is a relatively minor holiday in the Jewish year. In the United States, however, its closeness to Christmas has brought greater attention to Hanukkah and its gift-giving tradition.
The Islamic New Year celebrated by Muslims is not a gala affair, rather it's a quiet and sober celebration. People gather in mosques to offer special prayers. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar used to date events in many predominantly Muslim countries, and is used by Muslims everywhere to determine the proper day on which to celebrate Islamic holy days and festivals. The Islamic New Year is a cultural event which Muslims observe on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.
The winter solstice occurs at the instant when the sun's position in the sky is at its greatest angular distance on the other side of the equatorial plane from the observer's hemisphere. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradually lengthening nights and shortening days. Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most cultures have held recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time
Christmas Eve falls on December 24 and it is the night before Christmas Day, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. The Christmas season liturgically begins on Christmas Eve, and is preceded by a four-week anticipatory and penitential period called Advent, which can include acts of almsgiving, fasting, and service while the season unfolds.
The word Christmas comes from the words Cristes maesse, or "Christ's Mass." Christmas Day is an annual holiday celebrated on December 25th that marks and honors the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Modern custom of this holiday includes gift-giving, church celebrations, and the display of various decorations. It also includes Christmas tree, lights, mistletoe, nativity scenes and holly. Santa Claus is a popular mythological figure often associated with bringing gifts at Christmas.
Kwanzaa is a unique African American celebration which focuses on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement. Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday celebrated primarily in the United States. It is observed from December 26th to January 1st each year. Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting and pouring of libations, and culminating in a feast and gift giving.
Boxing Day occurs on December 26th, the day following Christmas Day. Like Christmas Day, Boxing Day is a public holiday. It is based on the tradition of giving gifts to the less fortunate members of society. Traditionally, this was the day to open the Christmas Box to share the contents with the poor. Contemporary Boxing Day in many countries is now a "shopping holiday" associated with after-Christmas sales.
The Islamic New Year or Al-Hijra is celebrated on the first day of Muharram , which is the first month in the Islamic calendar. The Islamic new year is celebrated relatively quietly, with prayers and readings and reflection upon the hegira.
New Years Eve occurs each December 31st. This is the final day of the Gregorian year and the day before New Year's Day. New Years Eve is different from New Year's Day and has separate observance. In modern Western practice, New Year's Eve is celebrated with parties and social gatherings spanning the transition of the year at midnight.