Holidays and Observances

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5 11, 2018

Diwali, the Festival of Lights

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Popularly known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali has many interesting facts worth knowing. Diwali is the time for vibrant colours, eye-popping fireworks, twinkling lights and delicious food. It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. One of the most popular festivals

30 10, 2018

Halloween Fun Activities

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What Halloween Fun Activities Do You Know? Read about trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples and other fun activities on Halloween On October 31, dozens of children dressed in costumes knock on their neighbors' doors and yell, "Trick or Treat" when the door opens. Pirates and princesses, ghosts and popular heroes of the day all hold bags open

29 10, 2018

Symbols of Halloween

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What Are the Symbols of Halloween? Halloween originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits. Witches flying on broomsticks with black cats, ghosts, goblins and skeletons have all envolved as symbols of Halloween.  They are popular trick-or-treat costumes, and decorations for greeting cards and windows. Black is one of the traditional Halloween colors, probably because

29 10, 2018

Halloween in the USA

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How about learning American customs and traditions? Read and speak about Halloween in the USA. The Beginning of the Holiday of Halloween Hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, the Celts - the inhabitants of France and the British isles - held a festival at the beginning of every winter for the Lord of

12 10, 2018

Defender of Ukraine Day

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Defender of Ukraine Day is a state holiday in Ukraine celebrated annually on 14 October. Its first celebration was in 2015. Starting from 2015, this day is considered a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. The day honors the courage and heroism of defenders

9 10, 2018

Columbus Day in the USA

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The second Monday in October is Columbus Day in the USA. Americans might not have a Columbus Day if Christopher Columbus had not been born in Italy.  Out of pride for their native son, the Italian population of New York City organized the first celebration of the discovery of America on October 12, 1866.  The

4 10, 2018

Teacher’s Day

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Teacher’s Day in Ukraine is celebrated on the first Sunday in October each year. Teacher’s Day is an observance and not a national public holiday in Ukraine. This observance is held in appreciation of teachers and other workers in the education sector across the country. Many teachers receive flowers as a symbol of appreciation for

16 05, 2018

Vyshyvanka Day in Ukraine

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What do you know about Vyshyvanka Day in Ukraine? Read to know about Vyshyvanka Day in Ukraine and symbolic patterns of Ukrainian embroidery. Ukrainians all over the world celebrate the day of the national embroidered shirt, or Vyshyvanka. Vyshyvanka Day in Ukraine is celebrated on the third Thursday of May, has turned into a global cultural diplomacy

7 05, 2018

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

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The observance is held on May 8 annually as it falls on the birthday of the movement’s founder, Henry Dunant. The holiday celebrates not only Dunant but also the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s seven fundamental principles: humanity impartiality neutrality independence voluntary service unity and universality. What is the Red Cross? The International Red

29 04, 2018

April 29th is Zipper Day

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On April 29, celebrate the zipper because it is Zipper Day! National Zipper Day is observed each year on April 29th.  This day celebrates something that we often do not think about and just automatically take for granted. There are 4.5 billion zippers of all kinds consumed in the U.S. per year. That's 14 zippers for