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Holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the world. This category covers religious and non-religious holidays and their associated traditions, as well as some multicultural events.

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Christmas Gift Giving
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Christmas

What do you want for Christmas?

I am traveling internationally over the holidays so I would like a safe journey and a fun trip!

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Christmas
Holidays and Traditions

How early do you start celebrating Christmas?

For me, the Christmas season doesn't start until December 1st or at least until the day after Thanksgiving. Now I enjoy Christmas...the decorations, the music, etc. but personally, I just can't sustain the "Christmas spirit" (or any holiday anticipation/excitement for that matter) for more than a month. For the same reason, I don't start celebrating Halloween in August or Independence Day in June. This is why it's so disappointing for me when stores begin removing Halloween decorations in early October in place of Christmas trees. I like to enjoy holidays one at a time and when I've been hearing "Jingle Bells" for two months straight, it is difficult not to be covering my ears by the time December 25th actually rolls around.

I definitely think the push to begin celebrating Christmas as early as possible is mostly driven by companies looking to capitalize on consumer spend, which is obviously highest during this time of year. However, for those who legitimately feel "Christmassy" during early Fall, more power to you, celebrate away. That being said, I simply can’t help but roll my eyes at the ornaments and candy canes being hauled out while kids are still trick-or-treating. Call me a Grinch.

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Halloween
Halloween Costumes
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Cosplay

What is your Halloween costume this year?

Batman, and the kids are a police officer, a vet, and a bumble bee!

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Christmas
Santa Claus
Holidays and Traditions

If your childhood home had no chimney/fireplace, how did you think Santa got in?

Santa is a man who breaks into your house in the middle of the night (using captured and enslaved animals who pull him to EVERY HOUSE IN THE WORLD). He is covered in red, eats your food, and has a big bag for the children. He also "watches you when you're sleeping".

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Thanksgiving
Food & Cooking
Holidays and Traditions

What is the absolute best Thanksgiving dish? What's the absolute worst?

The best, without a doubt, is sweet potato casserole. Get that marshmallow on top, some brown sugar, little bitta cinnamon—ooo boy. A close second is corn casserole, but this can be more easily messed up, so I can’t confidently put it at the top of the list.

The worst? Green bean casserole. You might like it—it makes me gag, is all.

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New Year's Eve
Holidays and Traditions

What's your New Year's resolution?

My New Year’s resolution, as always, is to be nice to people. I also resolve to enjoy what I enjoy each day, be it writing, reading, exploring, or otherwise.

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Calendar
Boxing Day

What is the origin of boxing day'?

December 26 is called Boxing Day in England and other countries in the Commonwealth, but it is unknown exactly when it first began.

Boxing Day seems to have originated in the mid nineteenth century in England. Some historians believe the name 'Boxing Day' came about because the boxes placed in churches where parishioners deposited alms (coins) for the poor and needy were opened, and the contents were distributed on December 26, which is also the Feast of St Stephen. (St Stephen was the first Christian martyr.)

Others believe that the Boxing Day tradition originated as a holiday for members of the upper class to give boxes containing food, clothing or money to tradespeople and servants, in much the same way that many employers offer their employees bonuses today. These gifts were usually given in boxes; hence the name 'Boxing Day".

Oxford English Dictionary says this comes from the Christmas box; the verb box meaning: To give a Christmas-box, and then leading to the term boxing-day.

An extension of the above theory is that when Christmas holidays were much shorter than they are today certain services often only had Christmas Day as a holiday and returned to work the day after. These included services such as the mail, newspaper or milk delivery. Householders would give them a Christmas gift or, as it was commonly called, a Christmas box on this day to thank them for their service throughout the year.

The common theme, however, is that Boxing Day has absolutely nothing to do with the sport of boxing.

Likewise, it does not gain its name from the overpowering need to rid the house of an excess of wrappings and mountains of now useless cardboard boxes the day after St Nick arrived to turn a perfectly charming and orderly home into a maelstrom of discarded tissue paper.

The name also has nothing to do with returning unwanted gifts to the stores they came from, despite its common association with hauling about boxes on the day after Christmas.
as after Christmas families had extra food left over so they would put it into boxes and bring it around to their neighbours
It was custom for tradesmen to collect boxes of gifts for charities and homeless. Now its just a holiday boxing day dates back to around 400 A.D. but its true origin remains a mystery.

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Christmas

Why do some people celebrate Christmas in July?

In the Southern Hemisphere, seasons are opposite of the Northern Hemisphere, meaning December falls in the summertime. Some places in countries like Australia and South Africa hold Midwinter Christmas events in July so that they have a winter feel like Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere. These countries still celebrate actual Christmas on December 25.

Alternatively, the Northern Hemisphere celebrates Christmas in July ironically. The Hallmark Channel will show Christmas films during this time to coincide with the premiere of that year’s Keepsake Ornament collection, a marketing ploy that has literally helped to bolster the phrase “Hallmark holiday.”

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Flower Gardening
India

When is town park flower show huda faridabad 2011?

It is held annually in the month of January. Faridabad is a town 25 miles from Delhi, India.

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April Fools' Day

What are the April Fools' Day colors?

there really isn't a color for Apirl 1st... i guess it can be any color you want

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Saint Patrick's Day
Holidays and Traditions
Plants and Flowers

What’s the difference between a four-leaf clover and a shamrock?

I guess I get where this can be confusing, because both are clovers, but it’s pretty clear: A shamrock has three leaves, and a four-leaf clover has, well, four.

Though there are around 300 species of clover, a shamrock isn't one of them—in fact, it could be any of them. Any type of clover that typically has three leaves can be considered a shamrock. The shamrock is the main symbol of St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish because it’s supposedly what St. Patrick used to illustrate the concept of the Holy Trinity. Four-leaf clovers, on the other hand, are just freaks of nature in those same species of clover.

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When is children's day celebrated?

Some say it is on march first others the second Sunday in June...... I choose to believe it is on march first......... Happy children's day no matter when you choose to have it

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Online Shopping
Christianity
Dubai

Do Christians have major holidays in the year?

Yes! Christmas IS a Christian holiday. as is Easter, Valentine's Day, and Saint Patrick's day!

These are also hoildays that are celebrated by Christians: Ash Wednesday, Lent, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Advent, and Epiphany.

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Ash Wednesday

What month is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is sometimes in February and sometimes in March. It is not on a specific date.

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Easter

How is Easter’s date determined?

Easter is always on the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, which, yes, does sound like some pagan witchcraft, but I assure you that’s official church policy.

So, what’s a Paschal Full Moon, you might ask? It’s the first full moon after the vernal equinox. However, there’s an important caveat: The church observes the vernal equinox on March 21 each year, whether it actually falls on that date or not. And this is only true of those following the Gregorian calendar; Eastern Orthodox Easter is figured on the Julian calendar instead, and their Easter is later.

In 2020, the Paschal Full Moon falls on April 7, making Easter April 12.

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Rodents
Gophers and Groundhogs
Groundhog Day

Did they use a badger or a hedgehog instead of a groundhog on Groundhog's Day in Europe?

Europeans do not have an equivalent of Groundhog Day. In Canada and the US, Ground Hog Day is a silly annual festival, held in late winter, to 'predict" how soon Spring will come to the area, Groundhog Day in the US (as seen in the Bill Murray film) is 2nd February. Early in the morning, of the " Day ", a tame Ground Hog, is observed, to see if there is enough daylight for him " to see his shadow ". The result means either 6 more weeks of winter weather, or a earlier than normal spring thaw of the lakes and rivers, which are frozen in winter in Canada. A number of towns hold such a "Ground Hog Festival" as a tourist boost for the town. Some attract huge crowds, as much as 25,000 people to a town with a normal population of 5,000. The Day is allways held on a week end to get maximum attendance, and TV stations all ways send a camera crew to do a "live remote shoot". It is all in fun, and nobody takes it seriously at all. Pre-Christian Celts observed solar cycles halfway between each solstice and equinox; these are called Quarter Days. On Quarter Days, the "veil" between this world and the Otherworld or spirit world is thinnest. This is the best time to see into the future, with the aid of the spirits. On Samhuin (now Halloween) one dresses as a ghoul so that spirits intent on mischief would mistake you for one of their own and pass by. Groundhog day corresponds to Imbolc, therefore it has the prognostication aspect. Hedgehogs are "used" in Britain. Don't pick one up - they're loaded with fleas. The underlying principle behind Groundhog Day in North America was almost certainly brought over by settlers from western Europe. Both in England and Scotland there are old weather sayings about the same date (2 February) which is celebrated in many Christian traditions as the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the popular name for which is Candlemas. All these sayings are similar; one example is: "If Candlemas Day be fair and bright Winter will have another fight; But if Candlemas Day brings clouds and rain, Winter's gone and won't come again." The principle behind the rhyme is this: in NW Europe (including the British Isles), sunny weather in early February is normally associated with anticyclonic weather, which often persists for long periods and brings long periods of cold, frosty weather. Cloudy, rainy weather is usually associated with depressions coming in from the Atlantic and the weather is consequently less cold, snow and frost appearing only briefly, if at all. The important thing is that by early February the weather is normally set in a pattern in that one or other of the above types tends to persist, usually for several weeks.

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Singapore
History of Singapore

When is Singapore's Racial Harmony Day?

21st July every year. 1964 is when it started.

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Languages and Cultures
Mexico

What are important holidays in Mexico?

Mexican holidays include:

Observed by law:

  • January 1: Año nuevo / New year's day
  • February 5: Dia de la constitucion / Constitution Day
  • March 21: Nacimiento de Benito Juarez / Benito Juarez's birthday - honors the most beloved president among Mexicans.
  • May 1: Dia del Trabajo / Workers' day
  • September 16: Independence day's military parade (Mexican Independence was declared on September 16, 1810 and the celebration usually begins on the late hours of September 15 at the Grito de independencia).
  • November 20: Dia de la Revolucion / Mexican Revolution Day - commemorates the Mexican Revolution of 1910.
  • December 25: Navidad / Christmas

Not observed / Religious holidays:

Note: Many companies and businesses grant these as paid-absence holidays, but it depends on an individual basis.

  • January 6: Dia de los Santos Reyes / Epiphany celebration - is the day when Mexicans exchange Christmas presents.
  • February: Carnaval / Lent - equivalent to the Mardi Gras in the United States, it is celebrated with parades, floats and dancing in the streets.
  • February 2: Dia de la Candelaria / Candle-mas
  • February 24: Dia de la bandera / Flag Day
  • March 18: Expropiacion Petrolera / Expropriation of the oil industry in 1938.
  • April: Semana Santa / Easter
  • April 30: Dia del Niño / Children's day - Due to the celebration of the Revolution on November 20, in Mexico Children's Day is celebrated on April 30.
  • May 5: Cinco de Mayo / Fifth of May - honors the Mexican victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
  • May 10: Dia de las madres / Mother's day - Due to the importance of the mother in Mexican culture, Mother's Day is an especially significant holiday.
  • June 1: Dia de la marina / Navy day
  • September 13: Niños Heroes de Chapultepec / Child Heroes of Chapultepec - Honors the martyr cadets of the Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War of 1847.
  • October 12: Dia de la raza / Columbus Day
  • November 1 & 2: Dia de los muertos / Day of the dead - Mexican holiday that merges Pre-Columbian beliefs and modern Catholicism.
  • December 12: Dia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe / Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe - honoring Mexico's patron saint.
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May Day

What are the Ice Man Days in May?

The period from May 12 to May 15 was noted to bring a brief spell of colder weather in the Northern Hemisphere under the Julian Calendar. With the change to the Gregorian Calendar, however, the equivalent days would be May 19-May 22.

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Easter
Care of Rabbits

What do bunnies and eggs have to do with Easter or the resurrection of Christ?

Nothing, actually.

People have been celebrating spring for as long as weather got cold in the winter, and food supplies dwindled. Birds usually lay their eggs in the spring, so eggs were a natural symbol for spring, rebirth, and new life. Rabbits are very fertile animals whose babies scampered about in spring, so they also became symbols of spring. Many ancient cultures celebrated the coming of spring with religious ceremonies.

When the Romans were spreading across Europe, there were a lot of different religions, and assimilating people to Christianity was a challenge. Instead of simply forcing a whole new religion on people, they simply 'adopted' traditional dates and celebrated the Christian holidays on those same dates. Christmas also falls on around the time of pagan holidays that were celebrated during the winter solstice (Saturnalia, Yule, Rizdvo). Rabbits and eggs were both symbols of fertility and part of traditional pagan spring celebration of Ostara. They were incorporated into Christian Easter by a process of religious syncretism.

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Women's Rights
Feminism
Holidays and Traditions

When did International Women’s Day start?

International Women’s Day (IWD) was born out of women’s rights activism in the early 20th century. Its roots can be traced back to a 1908 demonstration for women in New York City—15,000 women marched through the streets advocating for better pay and shorter hours in addition to the right to vote.

Then, in 1909, National Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in the U.S. as an extension of these activists’ work. National Women’s Day was observed on the last Sunday of February until 1913, but the first official IWD was held in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland on March 19, 1911. It was transferred to March 8 in 1913, and it was celebrated by the United Nations for the first time in 1975.

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Calendar
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Math and Arithmetic

When is national Pi Day?

March 14

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Holidays and Traditions

What was the first holiday ever celebrated?

Unfortunately this would be very pre-historic times and something we will never know.

The closest answer that could be given would likely be the celebration of the seasons such as the winter solstice. Civilizations around the globe all tend to have ancient traditions to celebrate the coming of a season.

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Home & Garden
Holidays and Traditions
Entertainment & Arts

What percentage of people show for a party?

It depends on who you invite really. There is no real way to measure what percentage may actually arrive.

If you invite people who don't like you particularly, it's less likely they'll take the effort to come.

It also depends on what sort of things you have at said party.

Key things are things like dates, if people aren't available on a certain day due to a prior commitment then they are less inclined to arrive.

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Child Health

Can a baby girl be named a junior when born?

As far as I'm aware a baby can be pretty much be named anything if it be Emily Junior

or Marshmallow.

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