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Upcoming Holidays

Mother's Day

When: 13th May 2012
Mother's Day is a day honoring mothers, celebrated on various days in many places around the world. Mothers often receive gifts on this day.

Armed Forces Day

When: 19th May 2012
In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. The day was created in 1949, and was a result of the consolidation of the military services in the Department of Defense. It was intended to replace the separate Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Days, but observance of these days, especially within each particular service, continues to this day.
The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions and air shows. Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May, and Armed Forces Week begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May. Because of their unique training schedules, National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in May. The purpose of Armed Forces day is to honor Americans serving in the five services - the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

Christmas

When: 25th December 2012
"A season of good cheer and joy all around"
Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, the Saviour. Born in a little stable in Bethlehem, Jesus Christ gave his life to redeem the sins of others.

Boxing Day

When: 26th December 2012
The custom of Boxing Day started during medieval times. During the year servants and tradesmen carried small boxes in which they collected tips and gifts. The day after Christmas was when these boxes were opened. The method of collecting gifts was called ‘boxing’ and the gifts were ‘boxes’. The custom of Boxing Day has faded – but the day remains a holiday

New Years Day

When: 1st January 2013
New Year's Day has its origin in Roman times, when sacrifices were offered to Janus, the two-faced Roman deity who looked back on the past and forward to the future.

Chinese New Year

When: 10th February 2013
It is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, the New Year is a time for family reunions.

St Valentine’s Day

When: 14th February 2013
The holiday's roots are in an ancient Roman fertility festival. Circa 496, Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day in honor of St. Valentine, but there are at least three different early saints by that name. How the day became associated with romance remains obscure, but still we think it’s the best holiday all year!

St Patrick’s Day

When: 17th March 2013
St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, has been honoured since the first days of the nation. Perhaps the most notable observance is the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City.

Mother’s Day (UK)

When: 18th March 2013
Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in the UK on the fourth Sunday in Lent since at least the 16th century. It has been a day of giving thanks for all the things our mothers do for us and is always the fourth Sunday of Lent.

April Fool’s Day

When: 1st April 2013
The origins of April Fool's Day are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.

Good Friday

When: 29th March 2013
The Friday before Easter, it commemorates the Crucifixion, which is retold during services from the Gospel according to St. John. A feature in Roman Catholic churches is the Liturgy of the Passion; there is no Consecration, the Host having been consecrated the previous day. The eating of hot-cross buns on this day is said to have started in England.

Easter Sunday

When: 31st March 2013
Observed in all Western Christian churches, Easter commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox (fixed at March 21) and is therefore celebrated between March 22 and April 25 inclusive. This date was fixed by the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325.

Mother’s Day (US & AUS)

When: 13th May 2012
Observed the second Sunday in May, as proposed by Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia in 1907. West Virginia was the first state to recognize the holiday in 1910, and President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed Mother's Day a national holiday in 1914.
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Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
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