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27 04, 2018

Arbor Day

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Arbor Day is celebrated nationally in the USA on the last Friday in April, although some states have their own dates to better coincide with their local climate and the optimal time to plant trees. Quick Facts about Arbor Day Arbor Day is a holiday dedicated to celebrating and caring for trees. On Arbor Day

8 03, 2018

March 8, Women’s Day in Ukraine

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Women's Day in Ukraine March 8, Women's Day in Ukraine, is a relic of the Soviet era. Women’s Day in Ukraine has lost its political meaning over the years. Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day rolled into one, this holiday is not just a way for men to celebrate women of all ages, but also the

28 02, 2018

St. David’s Day, a National Festival for the Welsh

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St David's Day is celebrated in Wales on 1 March, in honour of St David (Dewi Sant), the patron saint of Wales. Not a lot is certain about Dewi but March 1st was chosen to honor him because it's the day he apparently died. In the 18th century it became a national festival for the Welsh. St.

23 02, 2018

Presidents’ Day in the USA

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The third Monday in February is Presidents' Day in the USA. In February, the United States honors two great American presidents:  Abraham Lincoln, on February 12th, and George Washington, on  February 22nd.  These two days are combined into one legal holiday on the third Monday in February, called Presidents' Day. Both presidents have been honored

15 02, 2018

Candlemas, Stritenia Gospodne in Ukraine

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February 15 is Stritenia Gospodne or Candlemas, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Candlemas, Stritenia Gospodne in Ukraine is a holiday of the Orthodox Church, the final cycle of the Christmas holidays. It is believed that this day was not only the day of the meeting of infant Jesus with our Lord, but

13 02, 2018

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday

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Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras (which is French for "Fat Tuesday"), is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday is observed mainly in English speaking countries, especially Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, but also

13 02, 2018

Shrovetide in Ukraine

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Shrovetide is a traditional holiday for Slavic countries. Roots of Shrovetide in Ukraine have been coming from an ancient pagan holiday of seeing-off winter. This holiday coincided with the last week before the Great Lent. Shrovetide united Christian and pagan traditions. Traditionally in Ukraine, Shrovetide is celebrated for the whole week. Many people associate this holiday

2 02, 2018

Groundhog Day

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Groundhog Day is celebrated on the second of February. Groundhog Day is a popular observance in many parts of the United States. Although some states have in some cases adopted their own groundhogs, the official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, lives at Gobbler’s Knob near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The town has attracted thousands of visitors over the years

15 01, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King, Jr., a Leader of the Human Rights Movement On January 15th, people in the United States celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  He was a great civil rights leader who fought against racial discrimination.  He said that people should be judged by their character, and not the color of their

26 11, 2017

St. Andrew’s Day

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November 30, a Special Day for Scots November 30 is a special day fo Scots all around the world because they celebrate St. Andrew's Day. St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. You're welcome to learn more about customs and traditions of celebrating this day.   St. Andrew's Day St. Andrew is the Patron