Saluting Grandpa: Celebrating Veterans and Honor Flight

Gary Metivier

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Judges award a prize to the most spectacular group of dancers. While the family is together during the holidays, use the time to share your personal stories about faith, redemption, and life change. They leave the physical world after the last ceremony, held on the tenth evening, but before the dawn of NoRuz. The displays range from fifty-foot-tall fake trees to metal frames in the shape of presents that seem to rise from the ground to garish pink and purple garlands strung through the trees of a park – though the shapes sometimes appear to have nothing whatsoever to do with the holidays, it is impossible to ignore the season when entire cities appear to be decked out in their holiday finest.

Happy Birthday, Josefina! (American Girl (Quality))

Valerie Tripp

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At midnight they drink a toast to the New Year and link arms to sing Auld Lang Syne. Father's Day (3rd Sunday in June - USA; June 19, 2016) A non-religious holiday celebrating fatherhood and honoring fathers. In Wicca, Lughnasadh is one of the eight "sabbats" or solar festivals in the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. Other traditional names include Candlemas, the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, and the Meeting of the Lord.

Groundhog's Dilemma

Kristen Remenar

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May 15: San Isidro Labor Day: Celebrated countrywide in towns named San Isidro, this day honors the Patron Saint of farmers and farm animals with blessings of future crops and livestock. Source: "Traditional Festivities in Sweden"; Author: Ingemar Liman; Published by: The Swedish Institute, ISBN 91-520-0113-X This time together helps you make new memories while also remembering the past. Today the day is marked by costume-balls or fancy-dress parties.

Substitute Groundhog

Pat Miller

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Parinirvana is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8. Some of our leading citizens form themselves into a club to manage the affair…Many of our Hebrew families, recognizing that the movement was to make children happy, set aside all questions of faith and doctrine and contributed very liberally in money and material. It is one of the Iranian festivals called Jashne Mihragan, or the festival of sharing or love in Zoroastrianism.

St. Patrick's Day

Gail Gibbons

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The greater majority of the dead were buried in southern states because that is where the battles took place. And it can be seen from history how these celebrations came about from religious and pagan mergings and how the non-religious practices actually have worsened as time passed, even seen in the most recent 50 to 150 years. The barrage of holiday commercialism can be enough to turn even the most fervent holiday celebrant into a Grinch and it can make it difficult for people to appreciate why we celebrate in the first place.

Saint Patrick's Day (Holidays)

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The ancient Minoans are believed to have celebrated one of their two "New Year" celebrations about this time - the other was in October. To this day, the church bell that was used to call people to revolt hangs in the National Palace in Mexico City and is rung on the eve of September 16 by the President. Another great place to find a free calendar is online. Consider having a New Year's party instead of a holiday party. In the Netherlands, Germany, and Scandinavia Christmas Day and Boxing Day are called (the equivalent of) First and Second Christmas Day.

Blue Sky White Stars

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It would be grossly irresponsible to say that Thanksgiving, or any observance of it, is prohibited. Maundy (Holy) Thursday (Thursday before Easter; April 13, 2017) The Thursday before Easter, commemorating the Last Supper, the night before Jesus was crucified. Mother and Fathers Day are often thought of as an invisible sad day of mourning while many people are rushing around trying to get that perfect gift or make sure they remember to send mom / dad a card.

Sweet Sixteen #2: Lucy

Jessica Barondes

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Each festival day is dedicated to one of the different forms taken by Durga. The first recorded parade in New York was by Irish soldiers in the British Army in 1766. From December 16 until Christmas Eve Mass, prayer is held each evening in the home, followed by refreshments and the singing of carols. Some of the kids even put razor blades at the of the tail of their kite so that when it moves in the wind the tail will swing and cut the string of a neighboring kite.

Uncle Sam's America

David Hewitt

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Note: When recycling, make sure the items are clean, and never reuse items that contained poisons or toxic materials! Whit Monday 'Agiou Pnevma' Fifty days after Easter. In the Christian church, Advent is the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. According to Arius, Jesus Christ had not existed before God created Him, and Jesus prayed to his Father in Heaven, to whom He was subordinate. Satanism: The worship of Satan, often as a liberating figure against religious orthodox and conformity.

King Puck

Michael Garland

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In fact these austere and religious settlers of America would have been dismayed had they known of the long and popular history of harvest festivals, of which their Thanksgiving was only the latest. …. The Maydayrun involves thousands of motorbikes taking a 55-mile (89 km) trip from London (Locksbottom) to the Hastings seafront, East Sussex. Canadian couples, either married or just dating, are expected to buy small gifts for each other, usually cards, chocolate or a special dinner out, and enjoy a special evening together.