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SaraP
08-28-2010, 02:20 PM
CALENDAR

January

1st - Haiti (Independence Day)
26th - Australia (Australia Day)
26th - India (Republic Day)
26th - Uganda (NRM Anniversary Day)


February

6th - New Zealand (Waitangi Day)
23nd - Guyana (Republic Day)


March

1st - Wales (St. David's Day)
17th - Ireland (St. Patrick's Day)
25th - Greece (Day of Revolution Against the Ottoman Empire)


April

19th - Venezuela (Independence Day)
23rd - England (St. George's Day)
25th - Australia (Anzac Day)
25th - New Zealand (Anzac Day)
25th - Portugal (Freedom Day)
27th - South Africa (Freedom Day)
30th - The Netherlands (Queen's Birthday)


May

3rd - Poland (Constitution Day)
4th - The Netherlands (Remembrance Day)
5th - The Netherlands (Liberation Day)
8th - Czech Republic (Liberation Day - end of the Prague Uprising)
17th - Norway (Constitution Day)
18th - Haiti (Flag Day)
3rd Monday - Canada (Victoria Day)
25th - Argentina (Day of the Homeland/Day of the Revolution)
25th - Jordan (Independence Day)
26th - Guyana (Independence Day)


June

3rd - Uganda (Ugandan Martyr's Day)
5th - Denmark (National Day)
6th - Sweden (Nation Day)
9th - Uganda (Hero's Day)
20th - Argentina (Flag Day)
24th - Venezuela (Birth of Simón Bolívar)
25th - Sweden (Midsummer Solstice)


July

1st - Canada (Canada Day)
1st - Hong Kong (Day of Joyful Reunification with the Glorious Motherland)
4th - USA (Independence Day)
5th - Czech Republic (Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day)
5th - Venezuela (Independence Declaration)
6th - Czech Republic (Jan Hus Day)
9th - Argentina (Independence Day)
14th - France (Bastille Day)
20th - Colombia (Independence Day)
23rd - Egypt (National Day)
23rd - Oman (National Day)
24th - Venezuela (Battle of Carabobo)


August

14th - Pakistan (Independence Day)
15th - India (Independence day)
17th - Indonesia
20th - Hungary (St. Stephen's Day)
31st - Malaysia (Independence Day)


September

7th - Brazil (Independence Day)
16th - Malaysia (Malaysia Day)
18th - Chile (Independence Day)
28th - Czech Republic (St. Wenceslas Day - Czech Statehood Day)


October

1st - China + Hong Kong (National Day)
1st - Nigeria (Independence Day)
3rd - Germany (Day of German Unity)
5th - Portugal (Republic Day)
9th - Uganda (Independence Day)
17th - Oman (Omani Woman's Day)
28th - Czech Republic (Independent Czechoslovak State Day)
28th - Greece (Day of OXI)


November

11th - Canada (Remembrance Day)
11th - Poland (Independence Day)
15th - Brazil (Proclamation of the Republic)
17th - Czech Republic (Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day)
18th - Haiti (Battle of Vertičres)
18th - Oman (National Day)
30th - Scotland (St. Andrew's Day)

December

1st - Romania (National Day)
6th - Finland (Independence Day)
16th - South Africa (Reconciliation Day)
17th - Venezuela (Death of Simón Bolívar)

SaraP
08-28-2010, 02:20 PM
I was reading a blog this morning by ... hmmm ... a certain someone *coughpoetinahatcough* when I noticed Australia celebrates April 25th as Anzac Day, when it is also Freedom Day in Portugal.

It came to me that while I know what the 4th of July is, as I'm guessing just about everyone does (even those not american), that is probably the only national day that I know of outside of my own country.

So, I thought we could set up a Calendar of sorts here in the District and share our countries' National Days.

I'll start. :)


Here in Portugal, our biggest National Day is, without a doubt, the 25th of April. Known as Freedom Day, it celebrates the day in 1974 when the dictatorship was finally overthrown in a peaceful military coup. Holding red carnations, the people joined in the coup and since then, those flowers have become the most recognizable symbol for this day. You can read more about the coup here (http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnation_Revolution).

We also celebrate Republic Day, on the 5th of October, after the coup in 1910 when the king was overthrown. You can read the little entry Wiki has on this here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_October_1910_revolution). Although not as widely celebrated as April 25th, it is still a national holiday.

Fenika
08-28-2010, 02:52 PM
Oh, good idea.

I'll let someone else cover the US, known or not ;) and I'll share Poland's Independence Day.

November 11th has been celebrated by Poles as their day of independence since 1919 and became an official holiday in 1937.

From The Polish Culture Website (http://www.polishculture.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=347&Itemid=26) (UK):

In 1918, after 123 years of occupation, the Polish state was reborn and regained its independence. Autumn 1918 marked the end of World War I and the defeat In 1918, after 123 years of occupation, the Polish state was reborn and regained its independence. Autumn 1918 marked the end of World War I and the defeat of all three occupiers. Russia was plunged into the confusion of revolution and civil war, the multinational Austro-Hungarian monarchy fell apart and went into decline and the Germans bowed to pressure from the forces of the Entente.

The Poles rose up against the invading nations to reclaim their land.


To commemorate the formation of an independent centre of authority in reborn Poland, 11th November, the day when Józef Pilsudski took power, was officially recognized as a national holiday in 1937.


More details on the website and here (http://www.poland.pl/news/article.htm?id=135804).

SaraP
08-28-2010, 05:31 PM
Thanks Fenika!

I'll update my first post with the dates for the Calendar. :)

Xelebes
08-28-2010, 07:57 PM
3rd Monday of May - Victoria Day (Canada) - to commemorate the birthday of Queen Victoria, who granted us the creation of Canada.
July 1 - Canada Day (Canada)
Nov 11 - Remembrance Day (Canada) - to remember the victory and loss of WWI.

SaraP
08-28-2010, 08:13 PM
Added. :)

Thanks muchly, Xelebes.

Fenika
08-30-2010, 06:59 AM
Oh, there's a calendar. Nice. :)

Poland also has a Constitution Day or Święto (Holiday) Konstytucji.

Constitution Day occurs on May 3rd and commemorates the signing of the constitution in 1791. This was the first constitution in Europe and the second in the world, after the Americans.


[The constitution] gave a new and modern way of ruling the country as we know it today with a separation of the functions of law making and the application of the law and the judging of citizens of the country. Such a division created a modern and democratic country, the first of its kind in Europe. Amongst many changes the peasants were promised a certain amount of freedom and the influence of the nobles was limited. The political system changed the Polish ruling system from a Parliamentary Monarchy to Constitutional Monarchy. New and very modern reforms were implemented and Poland finally had a chance to strengthen her independence and become one of the important and modern nations in Europe. However, the Russian ruler Catherine II with the connivance the Polish nobility (they were not happy with the changes that limited their influence) betrayed the nation which led to war with the Russians (1772) with Poland divided into Russian occupied areas and Austrian occupied areas and at the second Partition, Prussian occupied areas (1793). In 1795, with the Third Partition, Poland was removed from the map of Europe not to be reinstated until 1918.

The commemoration of the Constitution of 3rd of May is a very patriotic one. This is a symbol that this nation achieved something when together its people worked and united for their country. Courageous and controversial decisions had to be made (the limiting of the power of one group of people and increasing the influence of another). This was the only way that a modern and strong country could be created and this is why this date was so symbolic for Polish people during all the 123 years when Poland was under the rule of Prussian, Russian and Austrian invaders (1795-1918), then the Nazi occupation (1939-45) and finally the Russian occupation (1945-1989).

Source: The Visitor (http://www.thevisitor.pl/index.php?id=422).

Cliff Face
08-30-2010, 09:28 AM
Wow, Constitution Day in Poland is same day as my birthday (May 3rd). :D

I'll add Australia Day - January 26th. That and Anzac Day, which you already have, are the 2 big ones in Aus, apart from Christmas and Easter.

:)

pdr
08-30-2010, 09:49 AM
Feb 6th - Waitangi Day

April 25th ANZAC Day

1st weekend in June - Queen's Birthday

Last weekend in October - Labour day

November 11th - Poppy Day ( Remembrance day for those killed in the world wars)

poetinahat
08-30-2010, 10:24 AM
I was born in Puerto Rico. As a consequence, my family has always celebrated Three Kings' Day (aka Epiphany) on January 6, the twelfth day of Christmas, with small gifts.

SaraP
08-30-2010, 04:16 PM
I know in Spain children don't really care about Christmas. The good stuff comes on King's Day too. We do a minor celebration here, with King's Cake (omg, sooooo yummy).

SaraP
08-30-2010, 04:24 PM
Feb 6th - Waitangi Day

April 25th ANZAC Day

1st weekend in June - Queen's Birthday

Last weekend in October - Labour day

November 11th - Poppy Day ( Remembrance day for those killed in the world wars)

Hey pdr,

Can you explain a bit about Waitangi day?

Also, is the queen's birthday something related to the present queen?

Lastly, I'm not going to add Labour Day. We have that here too. I'm looking for the days that celebrate our country, not so much national holidays, make sense? :)

Billingsgate
08-31-2010, 06:09 AM
It came to me that while I know what the 4th of July is, as I'm guessing just about everyone does (even those not american), that is probably the only national day that I know of outside of my own country.

Not quite everyone knows what 4th of July means to Americans. Though I've met more than one American in Hong Kong who was surprised at first when they found out it isn't a holiday there. I suppose that's conditioning, since we Americans are raised to believe that the entire world either is or desperately longs to be American.

Hong Kong is ordered to celebrate July 1 as the Day of Joyful Reunification with the Glorious Motherland. I simply call it Anschluss Day. We also get a day off on October 1, which is China's National Day.

pdr
08-31-2010, 02:26 PM
:)
Waitangi Day is the vip national holiday.

It celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi where most of the indigenous Maori chiefs signed a Treaty along with the new Pakeha settlers representatives. The Treaty was made in Queen Victoria's name and was meant to promise a peaceful coexistence between races.

Generally speaking it did!

ANZAC = Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. National holiday for the poor sods who got done in at Galippoli during WWI. We share the day with the Ozzies and have a dawn service of remembrance at the local cenotaphs.

Queen's Birthday is our winter national holiday weekend celebrating QEII's birthday.

10trackers
12-02-2010, 02:14 PM
Let's see...

April 30th, we have Koninginnedag, which is the birthday of our Queen (even though it hasn't been her actual birthday for decades).

May 4th, we have Dodenherdenking, the Remembrance of the Dead, the fallen soldiers and members of the resistance and other casualties of WWII.

May 5th, we have Bevrijdingsdag, the day we celebrate being free of zee Germans.

November 11th is Sint Maarten, some kind of saints b-day. Kids sing songs and carry lanterns and get candy because of that. It's a thing.

That's about it, I guess. We have a few that switch days every year, so no sense in making a fixed list, plus they're not that important anyway :D

SaraP
12-02-2010, 02:55 PM
Thanks, 10. I'll add those in ASAP.

Now that I've spammed my own forum, let's see what other dates we get. ;)

DrZoidberg
12-02-2010, 03:01 PM
Sweden:

1'st of May, "Första maj".

The International socialist workers day. We celebrate it because we're a very lefty country. Not to be confused with "labour day".

6'th of June "Sveriges nationaldag". This is our "nation day".

According to the myth, it's the day, in 1523, when our king Gustav Vasa was elected king after helping free us from the Danish. But we're not so sure on the dates. We didn't start to celebrate the date until, 1809 when parliamentarism was first introduced. Not democracy though. Historically it proved to be a pretty uninteresting political event. The Gustav Vasa myth was at this time dusted off to add some weight to the celebrations... and it sort of just hung on. Most Swedes don't celebrate on the 6'th of June. We didn't start to get a day off work until 1996 and there's no real traditions associated with it. People mostly just treat it as any day off work. I think the king does something traditional, but hardly anybody cares. I don't.

25 Jun, "Midsommarafton", Midsummer solstice.

This is a pagan holdover. There are very strong traditions connected with it. We go out into the country, we make a midsummer pole, have traditional foods, (lots of pickled herring) and get sloshed on aquavit. Very Viking. Very Pagan. In practice this is our main national holiday.

edit:
24'th December.

I thought I'd mention "Jul", ie Yule. It used to be a pagan holiday. But apart from the name everything else has been completely "lost" to imported Christian Christmas, symbols and traditions.

emilycross
12-02-2010, 03:03 PM
Ireland:

St Patrick's Day - 17th March is our biggest annual festival celebrating our the nation's patron saint.

Easter - Ireland has large Catholic population so religious holidays used to be quite significant. Public holiday for Easter.

December 8th - National Cultchie shopping day (unofficially). Used to be holy day that signalled start of xmas season. Now, it's seen as a day where people from country go up to the Dublin city and shop.

Dec 26th - St. Stephen's day, unlike our neighbour UK we call this day St. Stephen's day rather than boxing day.

Halloween aka Oiche Samhain - 31st October. Originally a celtic pagan holiday, but was changed into all saints/souls day during christian times although lot of the traditions carried on like jackolanterns (with turnips then pumpkins when emmigrants went to America).

We use St. Patrick's day as a type of independence day due to our complicated history.

DrZoidberg
12-02-2010, 04:32 PM
double post

scarletpeaches
12-02-2010, 04:36 PM
Dec 26th - St. Stephen's day, unlike our neighbour UK we call this day St. Stephen's day rather than boxing day.Boxing Day isn't the 26th December. It's the first weekday after Christmas. This year, it falls on Monday 27th. The latest it can occur is the 28th.

Also, I started a thread in OP for St Andrew's Day on the 30th November. Same patron saint as Greece, which is why both flags have a saltire on it.

10trackers
12-02-2010, 05:09 PM
GERRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY :e2brows:

Raphee
12-02-2010, 05:44 PM
Pakistan
14th August....Independence Day.

Theres some more but I guess this one is good.

whimsical rabbit
12-02-2010, 07:59 PM
Greek greatest national days:

28th October: Day of "ΟΧΙ" which means "NO". Our big NO to the Nazis. No, you cannot have the country for free. :D

25th March: Day of revolution against the Ottoman Empire. The beginning of freedom. Perhaps the most important date in Greek history.

SaraP
12-03-2010, 01:04 AM
Thanks everyone. Our little calendar is growing. :)

maxmordon
12-03-2010, 01:37 AM
April 19- Venezuelan Independence Day
July 5- Venezuelan Independence Declaration
June 24- Birth of Simón Bolívar
July 24- Battle of Carabobo
December 17- Death of Simón Bolívar

backslashbaby
12-03-2010, 11:12 AM
Le Quatorze Juillet, bien sur!

And the 20th August is a huge fireworks day in Budapest :)


St. Stephen's Day in Hungary (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungary) refers to 20 August, the day on which the relics of Stephen I of Hungary (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_I_of_Hungary), patron saint (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patron_saint) of Hungary, were transferred to the city of Buda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buda). This day is the ultimate public holiday in Hungary (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_Hungary). Stephen, originally named Vajk, was the son of the pagan chieftain Géza but was baptized a Christian at the age of ten, and was given the Latin name "Stephanus" ("István" in Hungarian). In 997, a succession struggle between the Christian Stephen and his uncle, the pagan chieftain Koppány (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopp%C3%A1ny), ended in a victory for Stephen. As a result, the Magyar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_people) tribes were united into one nation and converted from paganism to Christianity; Pope Sylvester II (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvester_II) presented him with a crown (which is the lower diadem of the Crown of St. Stephen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_of_St._Stephen), still a symbol of Hungary) as a token of gratitude. In 1083, Pope Gregory VII (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Gregory_VII) canonized Stephen, and he has since been referred to as Saint Stephen of Hungary.
During the period of Communist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism) rule in Hungary, St. Stephen's Day was referred to as the anniversary of the Stalinist constitution of 1949 and "The celebration of the new bread — the end of the harvest".[citation needed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed)]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Stephen%27s_Day#Hungary

Raphee
12-03-2010, 12:59 PM
Of course there's my birthday that all of you might want to celebrate. :)

crazynance
12-06-2010, 06:51 AM
@ Scarlett: That may be Boxing Day in the UK, but in North America, Boxing Day is Dec 26th, full stop.

Canada: Our Thanksgiving is always the second Monday in October.
Our Mother's Day is always the second Sunday in May and our Father's Day is always the third Sunday in June.
:D

Oh, and in the Canadian Province of Newfoundland, although they celebrate July 1st Canada Day, it is also Memorial Day as the Newfoundlander's, particularly St. Johns, lost almost 100 boys in a few hours in WWII.

And the Province of Quebec has 24 June - St Jean baptiste day.

Natsuki
12-08-2010, 06:29 AM
The Independence day here in Brazil is September 7th, in case you'd like to add to the calendar :)

SaraP
12-08-2010, 07:17 PM
Thanks everyone, they've been added.

Interesting that no one has come forth yet to do the USA. ;)

MacAllister
12-09-2010, 01:24 AM
Good point. :) The USian Independence Day is July 4.

Priene
12-09-2010, 01:36 AM
The English National Day is 23 April, St George's Day. Twenty years ago it was hardly celebrated at all, but seems to be coming back into fashion. By a happy coincidence, it's also Shakespeare's Birthday, which is a far cooler thing to commemorate.

SaraP
12-09-2010, 05:47 AM
I agree Priene.

Added both days. :)

aruna
12-09-2010, 10:32 AM
February 22, Guyana National Day.

Since I'm assuming most people here don't know much about Guyana, here's a mini-history:

The country is located on the northern coast of South America. It is bounded on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the east by Suriname, on the south by Brazil, and on the west by Brazil and Venezuela. Georgetown is the capital. It is one of the four non-Spanish-speaking territories on the continent, along with the countries of Brazil (Portuguese), Suriname (Dutch) and the French overseas region of French Guiana (French). Culturally, Guyana associates primarily with the English-speaking Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, or Trinidad and Tobago.

Although Guyana is a sOuth America nation, it has more in common with the smaller islands of the West Indies with which it shares certain cultural, historical, and economic characteristics. Like most of the smaller islands that occupy the eastern Caribbean, Guyana was not settled by the Spanish and the Portuguese. Guyana was originally a Dutch colony that came under British control in the early 18th century. At 215,000 kilometers, Guyana is the third-smallest independent state on the mainland of South America (after Uruguay and Suriname). Its population is approximately 770,000.

Guyana’s economy was traditionally dominated by sugar cultivation since the early 18th century. When settlers introduced sugar production, it brought dramatic changes in the population of Guyana. European colonists imported large numbers of African slaves to work the fields. Later, following the abolition of slavery in the 19th century, workers arrived from the Indian subcontinent to work as laborers on the plantations.

By the end of the 20th century, Indians and African were the largest ethnic groups in Guyana.

In 1966, after more than 150 years of colonial rule, British Guiana achieved independence and adopted the name Guyana, a Native American word meaning “land of many waters.” The country achieved a republican status on February 23, 1970. Since independence, political parties have formed along ethnic lines, and moderately left-wing governments have ruled Guyana. Afro-Guyanese dominated the government until the 1990s, when a political party associated with Guyanese of Indian descent gained control of the government.

It is also the country that indirectly gave birth to the Booker Prize for Literature!

aruna
12-09-2010, 10:35 AM
October 3rd: Day of German Unity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_reunification)



German reunification (German (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_language): Deutsche Wiedervereinigung) was the process in which the German Democratic Republic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Democratic_Republic) (GDR/East Germany) and Berlin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin), reunited into a single city, joined the Federal Republic of Germany (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany) (FRG/West Germany), as provided by its then Grundgesetz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grundgesetz) constitution Article 23. The start of this process is commonly referred by Germans as die Wende (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Wende) (The Turning Point.). The end of the unification process is officially referred to as German unity (German (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_language): Deutsche Einheit), celebrated on 3 October (German Unity Day (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Unity_Day)).[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_reunification#cite_note-Einigungsvertrag-0)

SaraP
12-09-2010, 01:01 PM
Thanks Aruna. :)

rajkashana
12-16-2010, 03:48 PM
I am not sure if someone already gave this info.

For India,
15th August - Independence Day
26th Jan - Republic Day

SaraP
12-17-2010, 01:35 AM
Added. Thanks much. :)

MissJones89
12-20-2010, 01:47 PM
Denmark celebrates June 5 because it's the date of our constitution (1849) :)

PrincessofPersia
12-28-2010, 12:12 PM
Egypt was granted independence from the British protectorate on February 28, 1922. However, the Egyptian National Day is celebrated July 23 to commemorate the military coup that ultimately led to Egypt being declared a republic.

ganstream1
12-28-2010, 01:23 PM
Malaysia's Independence Day - 31st August
Malaysia Day - 16th September

Malaysia gained independence from the British colonials on the 31st of August 1957. It was then named Malaya but was renamed to Malaysia with the inclusion of Sabah and Sarawak (North Borneo then) and Singapore on the 16th of September 1963.

Raphee
12-29-2010, 08:58 AM
I am not sure if someone already gave this info.

For India,
15th August - Independence Day
26th Jan - Republic Day

Welcome Raj. Can anyone forget this name after DDLJ.
From Pakistan

rajkashana
01-03-2011, 08:11 PM
Welcome Raj. Can anyone forget this name after DDLJ.
From Pakistan

Thanks Raphee. Yes, DDLJ made the name quite popular. :)

Nakhlasmoke
01-05-2011, 11:09 AM
In South Africa, there are two biggies

April 27 - Freedom Day - first day everyone got the vote.

December 16 - Reconciliation Day - self explanatory? Everyone tries to forgive, make happy, make peace.

Dgaltfan
01-15-2011, 12:44 PM
well..... are we just doing national independence days because we have a few interesting memorial ones here too, with days for the great civil rights activist, MLK and president Abe Lyncon, and Pres Washington. I mean without any one of these three America wouldn't be America today.

chevbrock
01-15-2011, 02:30 PM
Next week (January 26), is Australia Day, if you are Anglo-Saxon, Invasion Day, if you are Aboriginal. It's the day Capt. James Cook first landed on Australian soil.

Dgaltfan
01-15-2011, 09:18 PM
ah, that's exciting really if you count MLK day then it's Monday.

zaib
01-18-2011, 10:03 AM
Hello!

Great idea! It will be nice to find out more about the national days of other countries!

BTW, what does everyone write? I write YA fantasy, and would love to get to know others who write in the YA genre.

Theo81
01-24-2011, 03:37 PM
1st March is St David's Day, the national day of Wales.

Celebrate by wearing a daffodil or a leek on your lapel. You can also eschew vowels.

Laquesi
01-26-2011, 10:59 PM
Brazil: November 15th - Proclamation of the Republic.
Some history: "This commemorates the day in 1889 when Brazil's second Emperor, Dom Pedro II, was deposed and the United States of Brazil was declared by Field Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca."

T.H Wicker
01-29-2011, 08:11 AM
Nigeria's Independence day - October 1st :)

SaraP
01-30-2011, 05:16 AM
Added the latest bunch of dates.

Thanks much, folks. :)

jtrylch13
01-30-2011, 06:49 AM
Since no one has listed American holidays, I thought I'd take a crack at it. I wasn't entirely sure what would make the calendar Sara, so I listed a whole bunch and you can pick what counts. There are a lot more than I listed, but I was geting bored, so skipped some less important ones.


New Year's Day – January 1 – Party all night, get a day off work and watch footbal all day. What could be better? Oh, and that's not soccer, though in my house, we'd rather watch some real futbol than American football.


MLK Day - 3rd Monday in January – Honors Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights leader. MLK was a great man who influenced all aspects of American life through his non-violent civil protest against racial discrimantion in the US.


President's Day/Washington's Birthday - 3rd Monday in February – Originally celebrated George Washington's birthday (our first president) but now honors all presidents.


Memorial Day – Last Monday in May – Rememberance day for those who gave their lives from the Civil War through all wars of today


Independence Day – July 4th – Celebrates the signing of the Decleration of Independence from British rule.


Labor Day - 1st Monday in September – Celebrates achievements of labor movement


Columbus Day - 2nd Monday in October – Honors Christopher Columbus, traditional discoverer of the Americas


Veterans day – November 11 – Honors all Veterans of the USA armed forces


Thanksgiving Day - 4th Thursday in November – American celebration of the first feast of the Pilgrims with the Native Americans after the first hard winter and first real harvest at Plymouth. Huge American holiday for giving thanks, spending time with family, more American football (Detroit Lions every year), and of course huge feast with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatos, bread, sweet potatos and many more foods.


Christmas and Easter are big here too, but I suppose almost everyone has those as well.


Here's a few more:


Mardi Gras – date based on Easter – Carnival – Starts the penitential season of Lent


Groundhogs Day – February 2 – Everyone gathers around the home of a Pennsylvania groundhog, Puxatawney Phil. If he comes out and sees his shadow, there's six more weeks of winter. If not, early spring. I think he's 50% accurate, which is about as good as a weahterman! I pretty much only observe this holiday in order to watch Bill Murray's classic Groundhog's Day on TV.


Valentine's Day – February 14 – Honors St. Valentine. I think he was a priest in Roman times who secretly married soldiers to their sweethearts when such a thing was forbidden by the emporor. He was locked up and possibly executed. Can't remember.


St. Patrick's Day – March 17th – A celebration of Irish heritage, and pretty much, we all have Irish heritage somewhere in our bloodlines. I've got it down the line on both sides of my family. Of course, you don't need to have Irish blood to drink green beer and act stupid all day. On March 17th, everyone's Irish in America! Most of us just wear green and feel a little pride in our Irish heritage. (On second read, I realize it sounds like I am saying the Irish drink a lot and act stupid. I didn't mean that. It's just that is how some Americans honor this day. There's no accounting for taste.)


Earth Day – April 22


Mother's Day - 2nd Sunday in May


Father's Day - 3rd Sunday in June


Halloween – October 31


Pearl Harbor Day – December 7th

jtrylch13
01-30-2011, 06:54 AM
Not quite everyone knows what 4th of July means to Americans. Though I've met more than one American in Hong Kong who was surprised at first when they found out it isn't a holiday there. I suppose that's conditioning, since we Americans are raised to believe that the entire world either is or desperately longs to be American.
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I'm a little offended by this post, though I guess you call them as you see them. I suppose some Americans feel this way, but I certainly never thought everyone everywhere knows our holidays or wants to be American. I do think we are the best country in the world, but I also believe that many, many other countries feel the same way about themselves. It's a little like thinking your kids are the best ever. We are all prejudiced in their favor.

SaraP
01-30-2011, 09:54 PM
Since no one has listed American holidays, I thought I'd take a crack at it. I wasn't entirely sure what would make the calendar Sara, so I listed a whole bunch and you can pick what counts. There are a lot more than I listed, but I was geting bored, so skipped some less important ones.

First, thanks for such a great post. :)

Second, Mac (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5586327&postcount=31) had already done the 4th of July.

Third, many of those holidays exist in other countries, even if on a different date. We have Labor day, Mother's Day and Father's Day on completely different days, for example. Other dates you listed are not really holidays celebrating the USA as a country, like Halloween or St. Valentine's.

What I'm looking for here are days where the country as a whole is celebrated, its heritage and independence. The 4th of July is an obvious example. I'm tempted to add Thanksgiving as well. As for the other dates, you'll have to tell me just how big a holiday they are.

crazynance
02-16-2011, 07:50 PM
Here's a few more:
Mardi Gras – date based on Easter – Carnival – Starts the penitential season of Lent


Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is Pancake Tuesday in Canada... A day to use up all the fats and sweets in the house before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday.
Canadians also head up to the Sugar Bush around this time for the Sugaring Off (related to the collection of sap for making maple sugar), Pancake Breakfasts, sleigh rides, and sometimes Lumberjack displays.

Purple Rose
02-18-2011, 07:36 AM
Please add Indonesia Aug 17. Celebrated by 240 million Indonesians who inhabit nearly 1,000 islands (out of 17,000!). This is a great initiative, thank you!

shelley
03-30-2011, 12:21 AM
Besides March 25th and October 28th we also celebrate in Greece:


August 15th: one of the most important religious holiday for Greeks. It's in honor of Panagia ( Virgin Mary ) who's ascent to the heavens is commemorated during this day.

May 1st: International Worker's Day.

shelley
03-30-2011, 12:31 AM
Valentine's day is big here also. ( for money purposes, of course - but isn't that worldwide? )

SaraP
03-30-2011, 12:58 AM
Thanks shelley. :)

efslattery
07-17-2011, 10:13 AM
Just wanted to add a few holidays from my adopted/other home country, the Czech Republic (in case of updates to this sticky).

May 8: end of the Prague Uprising, 1945 (and the day before the Red Army rolled in)

July 5: celebrates Saints Cyril and Metoděje, who arrived in the Czech Republic as missionaries around 860 AD and are credited with creating the Slavonic alphabet and language

July 6: commemorates when philosopher and reformer Jan Hus was burned at the stake in the 15th century

September 28: Saint Wenceslas' Day / Czech Statehood Day

October 28: creation of the Czechoslovak state, 1918

November 17: commemorates the student uprising of 1939 and the student uprising on the same day fifty years later (which sparked the Velvet Revolution).

December 5: Saint Nicholas ("Mikuláš," in Czech) Day (On this day, Saint Nicholas--accompanied by a devil and an angel, or at least teenagers dressed up like them--visits children and reads from a book of names, identifying good and bad children. Good children get chocolate. Bad children do not. Teenagers love the holiday because they get paid to roam around the city dressed as Saint Nicholas, an angel, or as a devil, visiting various children and motivating them to shape up.)

December 24: Christmas. (Celebrated only when you can see the golden pig and three stars in the sky!)

Not technically a public holiday but still of importance:
January 16: anniversary of student Jan Palach's death by self-immolation in 1969 in protest of the Soviet invasion; the twentieth anniversary of Palach's death sparked demonstrations against the Communists that resulted in the Velvet Revolution. Palach's grave in Olšanská cemetery always has flowers on it.

Finally...if the Czech team wins gold, silver, or bronze in the world ice hockey championships, the effect is more or less that of a major national holiday. :D

(This is not a complete list--anyone else should feel free to add dates.) :)

SaraP
07-19-2011, 01:39 AM
Awesome!

Thanks everyone. I love to see our Calendar growing and it's fascinating to learn a bit of history from other countries. :)

caspermac
08-10-2011, 06:37 PM
Does 'Burn's night' count? It's not really a National day but it does celebrate the famous Scottish poet Robert Burn's birthday. 25th January. And where I come from it's celebrated more than St Andrews day. You cant beat haggis neaps and tatties on a cold winters night ;-)

crazynance
08-11-2011, 10:38 PM
Of course it counts! :D It was my FILs birthday.

!MeMa!
11-21-2011, 03:39 PM
would you add these dates for Oman please :D

23ed july our national day
17 October Omani woman's day<----- our sultan declared this day as Omani woman's day on 2010
and finally
18 Novmber out national day

SaraP
12-15-2011, 01:33 AM
Added. :)

Thanks for sharing!

benbradley
12-15-2011, 03:08 AM
While perhaps not comprehensive, Google Doodles often celebrate national days of different countries), and usually only in that country (Google knows what country you're in by your IP address). And of course the doodles are usually quite colorful, incorporating the flag or its colors of the country:
http://www.google.com/logos/

SaraP
12-15-2011, 03:19 AM
Some really cool doodles indeed. Thanks for that link, Ben!

aruna
12-15-2011, 11:58 AM
Those doodles are wonderful! Thanks!

aruna
12-15-2011, 06:01 PM
Today's doodle is especially beautiful -- Friedensreich Hundertwasser, 15th December.

SaraP
12-15-2011, 10:54 PM
*googles*

(You gotta love the fun of googling google. :roll: )

Oooooh, it is! Gorgeous!

Jolly-Boo
12-16-2011, 12:52 AM
Although I'm Russian, it's not really one I celebrate. Since I live in Norway, I guess you can add:

17th of May - Norwegian Constitution Day

SaraP
12-16-2011, 01:17 AM
Got it. :)

Nimram
03-02-2012, 04:13 PM
Hey Sparks,

National day of Romania on 1st of December (the second unification of all Romanian principalities and the birth of modern Romania)

Obrigado

SaraP
03-02-2012, 05:06 PM
Added.

Thanks. :)

jeniseaaron
04-05-2012, 05:03 AM
hi there! this calendar is an awesome idea. just one quick correction February 23rd is Republic Day for Guyana. May 26th is our Independence Day :). thanks again for this wonderful calendar!

BigWords
04-30-2012, 08:41 PM
Walpurgis Night - 1st of May

Day Of The Dead - 1st/2nd November

The weird stuff is all I seem to retain. Birthdays, anniversaries and bank holidays are always a mystery for me...

KAM_writer
07-20-2012, 10:13 PM
CALENDAR

January

26th - Australia (Australia Day)
26th - India (Republic Day)


February

6th - New Zealand (Waitangi Day)
22nd - Guyana (National Day)


March

1st - Wales (St. David's Day)
17th - Ireland (St. Patrick's Day)
25th - Greece (Day of Revolution Against the Ottoman Empire)


April

19th - Venezuela (Independence Day)
23rd - England (St. George's Day)
25th - Australia (Anzac Day)
25th - New Zealand (Anzac Day)
25th - Portugal (Freedom Day)
27th - South Africa (Freedom Day)
30th - The Netherlands (Queen's Birthday)


May

3rd - Poland (Constitution Day)
4th - The Netherlands (Remembrance Day)
5th - The Netherlands (Liberation Day)
8th - Czech Republic (Liberation Day - end of the Prague Uprising)
17th - Norway (Constitution Day)
3rd Monday - Canada (Victoria Day)


June

5th - Denmark (National Day)
6th - Sweden (Nation Day)
24th - Venezuela (Birth of Simón Bolívar)
25th - Sweden (Midsummer Solstice)


July

1st - Canada (Canada Day)
1st - Hong Kong (Day of Joyful Reunification with the Glorious Motherland)
4th - USA (Independence Day)
5th - Czech Republic (Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day)
5th - Venezuela (Independence Declaration)
6th - Czech Republic (Jan Hus Day)
14th - France (Bastille Day)
23rd - Egypt (National Day)
23rd - Oman (National Day)
24th - Venezuela (Battle of Carabobo)


August

14th - Pakistan (Independence Day)
15th - India (Independence day)
17th - Indonesia
20th - Hungary (St. Stephen's Day)
31st - Malaysia (Independence Day)


September

7th - Brazil (Independence Day)
16th - Malaysia (Malaysia Day)
28th - Czech Republic (St. Wenceslas Day - Czech Statehood Day)


October

1st - China + Hong Kong (National Day)
1st - Nigeria (Independence Day)
3rd - Germany (Day of German Unity)
5th - Portugal (Republic Day)
17th - Oman (Omani Woman's Day)
28th - Czech Republic (Independent Czechoslovak State Day)
28th - Greece (Day of OXI)


November

11th - Canada (Remembrance Day)
11th - Poland (Independence Day)
15th - Brazil (Proclamation of the Republic)
17th - Czech Republic (Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day)
18th - Oman (National Day)
30th - Scotland (St. Andrew's Day)

December

1st - Romania (National Day)
16th - South Africa (Reconciliation Day)
17th - Venezuela (Death of Simón Bolívar)




Looking at this list and see that July 20th-Colombian Independence Day isn't listed!

SaraP
07-23-2012, 05:51 PM
Walpurgis Night - 1st of May

Day Of The Dead - 1st/2nd November

Can you tell me a bit about the first one?

Regarding the second one, I don't think it fits within the spirit of the calendar, as it's not a holiday celebrating the country. We have it here as well (on the 1st), and it's quite common for people to go pay homage to their loved ones who have since passed on with a trip to the cemetery where they've been laid to rest.

:)

SaraP
07-23-2012, 05:52 PM
Calendar has been updated with the latest dates. Thanks a lot, folks. :)

BigWords
07-23-2012, 06:05 PM
Walpurgis Night is an old Pagan festival - this link (http://www.thisisharz.com/walpurgis.html) (with horrid photos - sorry) sums up a lot of the important points.

Ashurita
08-21-2012, 03:19 PM
Hmm, I don't see Argentina. I'm usually really bad at remembering holidays, but a couple of the main ones are...

May 25 - Día de la Patria/Día de la Revolución
June 20 - Flag Day
July 9 - Independence Day

Diver
09-12-2012, 08:16 PM
Had not seen this thread :o

September 18th - Chilean Independence Day

Chris P
10-03-2012, 02:09 PM
Holidays in Uganda:

January 26 - NRM Anniversary Day
June 3 - Ugandan Martyr's Day
June 9 - Hero's Day
October 9 - Independence Day (2012 is 50 years)

SaraP
10-06-2012, 07:44 PM
Dates added. I love how the calendar keeps growing. :heart:

Can I just say I find it really weird that there are only three national days in January and they're all on the same day? :Wha:

MysteriousFemme
06-13-2013, 03:37 AM
Please add to that list:
Jan 1: Haitian Independence Day
May 18th: Haitian Flag Day

MysteriousFemme
06-13-2013, 03:42 AM
Oh yes I forgot one:
Nov 18: Bataille de Vertičres (Battle of Vertičres)

SaraP
07-27-2013, 09:37 PM
Added them in!

Thank you. :)

wilchris
08-12-2013, 07:23 PM
Thailand's great, there are at least 16 public holidays, and most years more. There isn't a national day, as such, but today is Mother's Day, as it's the Queens's birthday and December 5th is Father's Day, as it's the King's birthday.

Ramsay
08-26-2013, 07:47 AM
I'm sorry if this has been posted already. When we lived in England, I loved celebrating Guy Fawke's Day/Bonfire Night on Nov. 5.

humble writer
11-06-2013, 06:41 PM
25th of May; Jordan Independence day

SaraP
11-06-2013, 06:58 PM
Added - thank you! :)

Chris_tine
12-09-2013, 02:00 PM
Hello there!

I think this calendar looks great! As I could not see any Spanish contribution, I thought I might help with some ideas :-)

6th January- The Three Wise Men (Los 3 Reyes Magos). It is the day Spanish children receive their Christmas presents.
19th March- Father's Day in Spain
23th April- St George's Day. In Catalonia is the Rose and the Book day. Many writers promote their new books on that day.
1st May- National Workers's Day in Spain
24th June- St. John's Day. In Catalonia is celebrated on 23th evening with party and bonfires at the beach.
15th August- Virgin's Day, national holiday in Spain.
11th September- Catalonia's National Day.
12th October- Hispanic Day, national holiday in Spain.
1st November- All Saints Day
6th December- Constitution's Day in Spain.
28th December- Innocents' Day. The Spanish equivalent of April's fools Day.

dantefrizzoli
04-17-2014, 09:54 PM
CALENDAR

January

1st - Haiti (Independence Day)
26th - Australia (Australia Day)
26th - India (Republic Day)
26th - Uganda (NRM Anniversary Day)


February

6th - New Zealand (Waitangi Day)
23nd - Guyana (Republic Day)


March

1st - Wales (St. David's Day)
17th - Ireland (St. Patrick's Day)
25th - Greece (Day of Revolution Against the Ottoman Empire)


April

19th - Venezuela (Independence Day)
23rd - England (St. George's Day)
25th - Australia (Anzac Day)
25th - New Zealand (Anzac Day)
25th - Portugal (Freedom Day)
27th - South Africa (Freedom Day)
30th - The Netherlands (Queen's Birthday)


May

3rd - Poland (Constitution Day)
4th - The Netherlands (Remembrance Day)
5th - The Netherlands (Liberation Day)
8th - Czech Republic (Liberation Day - end of the Prague Uprising)
17th - Norway (Constitution Day)
18th - Haiti (Flag Day)
3rd Monday - Canada (Victoria Day)
25th - Argentina (Day of the Homeland/Day of the Revolution)
25th - Jordan (Independence Day)
26th - Guyana (Independence Day)


June

3rd - Uganda (Ugandan Martyr's Day)
5th - Denmark (National Day)
6th - Sweden (Nation Day)
9th - Uganda (Hero's Day)
20th - Argentina (Flag Day)
24th - Venezuela (Birth of Simón Bolívar)
25th - Sweden (Midsummer Solstice)


July

1st - Canada (Canada Day)
1st - Hong Kong (Day of Joyful Reunification with the Glorious Motherland)
4th - USA (Independence Day)
5th - Czech Republic (Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day)
5th - Venezuela (Independence Declaration)
6th - Czech Republic (Jan Hus Day)
9th - Argentina (Independence Day)
14th - France (Bastille Day)
20th - Colombia (Independence Day)
23rd - Egypt (National Day)
23rd - Oman (National Day)
24th - Venezuela (Battle of Carabobo)


August

14th - Pakistan (Independence Day)
15th - India (Independence day)
17th - Indonesia
20th - Hungary (St. Stephen's Day)
31st - Malaysia (Independence Day)


September

7th - Brazil (Independence Day)
16th - Malaysia (Malaysia Day)
18th - Chile (Independence Day)
28th - Czech Republic (St. Wenceslas Day - Czech Statehood Day)


October

1st - China + Hong Kong (National Day)
1st - Nigeria (Independence Day)
3rd - Germany (Day of German Unity)
5th - Portugal (Republic Day)
9th - Uganda (Independence Day)
17th - Oman (Omani Woman's Day)
28th - Czech Republic (Independent Czechoslovak State Day)
28th - Greece (Day of OXI)


November

11th - Canada (Remembrance Day)
11th - Poland (Independence Day)
15th - Brazil (Proclamation of the Republic)
17th - Czech Republic (Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day)
18th - Haiti (Battle of Vertičres)
18th - Oman (National Day)
30th - Scotland (St. Andrew's Day)

December

1st - Romania (National Day)
6th - Finland (Independence Day)
16th - South Africa (Reconciliation Day)
17th - Venezuela (Death of Simón Bolívar)

Good to know what;s going on where. I notice that in NO country do they celebrate tax day. Guess we do all have something in common.

noorilhuda
08-20-2014, 11:36 PM
:)

kdaniel171
11-24-2014, 03:02 PM
I never thought that I could be able to see every country's Independence Day list at one page. You really did such a wonderful job.

arcangie
01-06-2015, 02:10 PM
January 6th the Befana brings gifts to Italian children. The Beffana is an ugly witch with a giant broom made from sticks. Until recently Italians didn't give gifts on the 24th or 25th of December. It was ony the Beffana who did on 6th January.

viva la Befana

Here is a link to give you an idea folklore la Befana vien di notte (http://www.mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=3102&c=120)

Euphoric Mania
01-29-2015, 02:21 PM
Now, I don't live in Scotland, but I recently learned that Burn's Night is on the 25th of January. I dunno if that counts as a national holiday though. I think it does.

Just thought you might be interested. :)

kcummings
01-31-2016, 03:54 PM
I shall add a few more:
Taiwan's national day: October 10 (Xinhai Uprising)
Vietnam's: September 2 (Japanese surrender of World War II and reading of Declaration of Independence)