Seasonal secular and religious events;
|National Autism Awareness Month: See:
|National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Prevent Child Abuse America has
a packet of information to promote community awareness. See:
|Sexual Assault Awareness Month. See:
|Days of Interfaith Youth Service, by the Interfaith
Youth Core. See: http://www.ifyc.org/events/DIYS
|Also: National Humor Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, Stress Awareness
|Week of April 20-26: Global campaign for Education's "The Big Read." See: http://www.campaignforeducation.org/ At least, it was in 2009, and is probably being repeated this year|
|April Fools Day.|
|International Tatting Day. Tatting involves needlepointing to create delicate elegant lace. (fixed date)|
April-07: World Health Day. This year's focus will be on urbanization and health with the campaign: "1000 cities - 1,000 lifes." See: http://www.who.int
April-14: Ex spouse day: A day, of unknown origin, for recognizing ex-wives and husbands, and perhaps even ex-girlfriends and boyfriends. (Fixed date)
April-15: Income Tax Day for Americans. Watch your stress levels and check your blood pressure often.
April-19: Passover (Jewish) begins at sundown and lasts for 8 days.
April-21: Administrative Professionals Day.
It is held on the Wednesday of the Administrative Professionals Week which is the last full week in April.
April-22: Earth Day. Events will be held in thousands of locations from Buenos Aires to Togo to focus concern on the state of the Earth. This is the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day observance. See: http://www.earthday.net/ (Fixed date)
April-23: Lover's Day: a day of unknown origin in which to set aside time to express love towards others. Unfortunatley, it is only celebrated in Spain. Pity!
April 24: Global Youth Service Day during the weekend of April 23-25. This year, they have 1062 projects registered in 62 countries. See: http://www.gysd.org/
April-25: Internet Evangelism Day: Its purpose is to communicate the outreach potential of the Internet to the Christian church worldwide. It is held on the last Sunday in April.
|Income Tax Day for Canadians.
|SpankOut Day is an annual observance sponsored by EPOCH-USA (End Physical Punishment of Children). It focuses on ending corporal punishment of children and promoting non-violent ways of teaching children appropriate behavior. Spanking has been shown to have negative effects on childrens' IQ, and resuoted in increased depression, anxiety, alcoholism and drug addiction among adults who have been spanked as children. The Bible seems to mandate spanking, however. 6
Month and week-long events:
|National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. You can get a
free screening for
asthma at 250 locations in the United States.|
|May-22: International day for biological diversity.|
|May-25: Start of the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self Governing Territories|
|May Day: a celebration of Pagan origin. It is a celebration of Spring and
the approach of Summer. In communist and socialist countries, it is a day to
|Lei Day in Paradise (Hawaii). A uniquely Hawaiian celebration first celebrated in 1928, and made
an official holiday in 1929.|
|Global Love Day: This is the seventh annual anniversary of the
first Global Love Day, whose theme is "Love begins with me." The organizers
invite everyone "...to celebrate with us by consciously focusing on love and
what it means to you throughout this day. We hope that by practicing love in
all areas of your life, you will find it easy to love unconditionally all
year long." See:
|Law Day: a day to reflect on the role of law. It is an annual observance first started by President Eisenhower in 1958. This year's theme is "Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions and Emerging Challenges."|
|Brothers and Sisters Day: This is a day to cherish your
siblings. You might also consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister.
|Pluralism Sunday: The Center for Progressive
Christianity is promoting Pluralism Sunday to celebrate religious diversity.
It is co-sponsored by The
Institute for Progressive Christianity, The Network of Spiritual
Progressives, and CrossWalkAmerica..
May-03: World Press Freedom Day was created by the United Nations to
recognize the sacrifices that journalists have made to attain freedom of
expression. This year's theme is: "Freedom of Information: the Right to Know."
May-04: Relationship renewal day -- a time to renew friendships with people that we have lost track of.
May-05: Cinco de Mayo recalls the day in which the Mexican
army defeated the French Army at the Battle of Pueblo. It is a day to celebrate
Hispanic and Mexican pride.
|National Day of Prayer: This is the 59th annual National Day of Prayer. The first Thursday in May is recognized by the U.S. Federal Government as a time when Americans who are affiliated with all organized religions -- and none -- are urged to pray. It is fixed on the first Thursday in May.|
|National Day of Reason: This is a secular celebration founded by nontheistic Americans, including Humanists, Atheists, Agnostics, Deists, and other secularists as an alternative to the National Day of Prayer. It celebrates reason and attempts to raise public awwreness about the persistent threats to religious liberty. See: http://www.nationaldayofreason.org/|
|The National Day of Prayer Task Force, schedules its exclusively evangelical Christian observance on the same day as the more inclusive federal National Day of Prayer. The 2008 theme is "Prayer... America's Hope," and is based on Psalm 13:22 Their application form requires that groups organizing events affirm biblical inerrancy and requires that activities be conducted solely by Christians. We assume that they mean only by evangelical Christians. This year's theme is: "The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him" Nahum 1:7|
|National Nurses Day celebrates the contributions that nurses make to health care. It is also the anniversary of the birthday of Florence Nightingale. This year's theme is "Caring today for a healthier tomorrow." This day is also the first day of National Nurses Week.|
|V-E (Victory in Europe) Day|
|World Red Cross and World Red Crescent Day: This remembers and recognizes the contribution of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide. It is held of the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross.|
|Lost Sock Memorial Day. This is a time to cherish your drawer
full of orphaned socks, and to attempt to match them up with their mates. Some
have suggested that socks are actually the larval stage of coat hangers. Socks
don't simply get lost; they metamorphose into coat hangers. This is proven by
the fact that socks gradually disappear and coat hangers tend to proliferate. |
|Mother's Day: Everyone has a mother who sacrificed to give them life. This day observes the importance of mothers in raising healthy happy kids in those families headed by an opposite sex couple, a same-sex lesbian couple or a single mother.|
May-12: National Receptionist Day.
Peace Officer Memorial Day pays tribute to local, state and
federal law enforcement officers.
|Armed Forces Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the third Saturday in May
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
Itis dedicated to helping peoples of differing cultures to live together in
harmony. See: http://portal.unesco.org/
|Armed Forces Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the third Saturday in May
|National Maritime Day recognizes the maritime industry.|
|International Day for Biological Diversity. The theme for 2009 is biodiversity, development, and poverty alleviation/|
May-25: National Missing Children's Day
May-29: International Day of United Nations Peacekeeper observes the importance and sacrifices of UN peacekeepers.
|This is observed as Trinity Sunday by many Christians in the West. It is the first Sunday after Pentecost. The concept of the Trinity is one of the most fascinating - and controversial - Christian dogmas, decided by a vote late in the 4th century CE.
|Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate All Saints Day. It is the day to celebrate the lives of all saints of the Church: both known and unknown. Saints are Christians who have lived lives of great holiness and devoutness.|
|Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. It is
dedicated to persons in the armed services who have died in action.
|World No Tobacco Day notes that tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death. It kills more than 5 million people each year, more thanfrom HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. The 2010 theme is "Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women" See: http://www.who.int/|
Month and week-long events:
|Month of June: During LGBT Pride Month, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons and transsexuals celebrate. It recalls the police riot at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on this month in 1969 which triggered the LGBT rights movement.|
|June 16 to 20: Refugee Week starts. The 2010 slogan is: "Different pasts, shared future.". This year's observance will celebrate the work of Dr.Lotta Hitschmanova (1909-1990) who founded USC Canada. She is considered one of Canada's greatest humanitarians.|
June-01: International Day for Child Protection -- a day to remember the importance of protecting children and respecting their rights as individuals.
June-03: Roman Catholic and some Anglican Christians observe Corpus Christi (Latin for the Body of Christ). It honors the Sacrament of the Eucharist - in which Roman Catholics believe a wafer and wine offered by the priest become the actual body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. It is a national holiday in some Catholic countries. 1
June-04: International Day of Innocent Children Victims
of Aggression recognizes the children who suffer from various forms
of abuse worldwide. A major focus of this concern is the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international agreement signed by every country in the world, except for Somolia which has no central government, and the United States, for a variety of reasons that religious and social conservatives find offensive.
June-05: World Environment Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries. Individuals, NGOs, community groups, businesses, the media etc. promote activities to protect and develop the environment.
|Best Friend's Day is a time set aside to celebrate one's best friends.|
|World Oceans Day celebrates the importance of the oceans. They generate most of the oxygen we breath, they feed us; they regulate our climate, etc. It was first proposed by the Government of Canada in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. This year's them is "Oceans of life"|
June-12: World Day Against Child Labor promotes the concept that quality education is the right response to child labor.
June-13: "Blame someone else day" Believe it or not, there are actually cards available to celebrate this day.
|Flag Day is set aside for Americans to celebrate and show respect for the
|World Blood Donor Day: Give a pint; you may well save one or more lives.|
| Sikhs observe the martyrdom of
Guru Arjan Dev and recall all who have suffered for their faith.|
|World Sea Turtle Day promotes the welfare of sea turtles. It is also the
anniversary of the birth of Archie Car, a turtle specialist.|
June-19: Juneteenth Day commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln on 1862-SEP-22. However, it did not free any slaves at that time. Slavery had already been abolished in the Northern states and the Confederacy ignored the proclamation. All slaves were eventually freed on 1865-JUN-19 when Genera Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, TX and issued Order Number 3 which finally freed the last of the slaves in the U.S.
June-20: Fathers day.
|At 11:28 Universal Time: The Summer Solstice is the first day of
summer in the Northern Hemisphere is the one day in the year when the daytime is longest and the nighttime
is shortest. It is the first day of winter in the Southern Hemisphere and is the
one day in the year when daytime is shortest and the nighttime is longest. This day is celebrated by Wiccans, many aboriginals,
Neopagans and followers of other religions, past and present.
The observance is also known as Alban Heflin, Alben Heruin, All-couples day, Feast of Epona, Feast
of St. John the Baptist, Feill-Sheathain, Gathering Day, Johannistag, Litha,
Midsummer, Sonnwend, Thing-Tide, Vestalia, etc.|
|Native Canadians, Indians,
Metis and Inuit, celebrate First Nations Day. Native
communities hold feasts and celebrate. |
|World Refugee Day focuses on the need for economic security, freedom from
violence and persecution, and other needs of refugees.|
|Father's Day recognizes the role that fathers have in raising healthy happy kids in those families headed by an opposite sex couple, a same-sex male couple, or a single father. It is celebrated on SEP-06 in Australia and New Zealand.|
|International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking attempts to
raise awareness of the creation and use of certain drugs. The big killer --
alcohol -- is not their prime focus.|
|International Day in support of Victims of Torture reminds people that
human torture is not only unacceptable, it is also a crime.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaims
that "...no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment or punishment." The day is held on the anniversaryof the date in 1987 that the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). entered into force, Unfortunately, torture is the policy of many countries across the world, including the U.S. until recently. This year, many will recall the coverup by the Government of Canada of their involvement in the torture of prisoners in Afghanistan.|
June-27: Gay Pride Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of June. It celebrates the impact that LGBT persons have had on the world.
June-29: The followers of the Zorastrian religion,
celebrate Ghambar Maidyoshem. It commemorates the creation of water, the sowing
of the summer crop, and the harvesting of grain.
These dates are approximate. If you need to know the precise date for planning purposes, we suggest that you confirm the date with other information sources. In particular, Jewish and Muslim observances begin at sundown on the evening prior to the date cited. In some locations, the Islamic calendar is based on unaided human observation of the crescent moon following the new moon. Thus, the above dates may vary by one or two days.
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Originally written: 2007-JUN-01
Latest update: 2018-NOV-14
Author: B.A. Robinson
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