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April 18th, 2014 - Orthodox Good Friday
April 18th, 2014 - Good Friday
April 19th, 2014 - Holy Saturday
April 19th, 2014 - Orthodox Holy Saturday
April 20th, 2014 - Easter Sunday
April 20th, 2014 - Orthodox Easter
April 21st, 2014 - Patriot's Day
April 21st, 2014 - San Jacinto Day
April 21st, 2014 - Easter Monday
April 21st, 2014 - Orthodox Easter Monday
April 22nd, 2014 - Earth Day
April 22nd, 2014 - Oklahoma Day
April 22nd, 2014 - Last day of Passover
April 23rd, 2014 - Administrative Professionals Day
April 23rd, 2014 - World Book and Copyright Day
April 25th, 2014 - World Malaria Day
April 25th, 2014 - Arbor Day
April 26th, 2014 - World Intellectual Property Day
April 27th, 2014 - Yom HaShoah
April 28th, 2014 - Confederate Memorial Day
April 28th, 2014 - World Day for Safety and Health at Work
April 29th, 2014 - Day to Remember Chemical Warfare Victims
May 1st, 2014 - Loyalty Day
May 1st, 2014 - Law Day
May 1st, 2014 - National Day of Prayer
May 3rd, 2014 - World Press Freedom Day
May 4th, 2014 - Rhode Island Independence Day
May 5th, 2014 - Cinco de Mayo
May 6th, 2014 - Primary Election Day Indiana
May 6th, 2014 - Yom HaAtzmaut
May 8th, 2014 - Truman Day
May 8th, 2014 - Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War II
May 9th, 2014 - 'Confederate Memorial Day' observed
May 10th, 2014 - Confederate Memorial Day
May 11th, 2014 - Mother's Day
May 13th, 2014 - Primary Election Day West Virginia
May 14th, 2014 - World Migratory Bird Day
May 15th, 2014 - International Day of Families
May 15th, 2014 - Peace Officers Memorial Day
May 16th, 2014 - National Defense Transportation Day
May 17th, 2014 - World Information Society Day
May 17th, 2014 - Armed Forces Day
May 18th, 2014 - Lag B'Omer
May 21st, 2014 - World Day for Cultural Diversity
May 22nd, 2014 - World Biological Diversity Day
May 22nd, 2014 - National Maritime Day
May 25th, 2014 - African Liberation Day
May 26th, 2014 - Jefferson Davis Birthday
May 26th, 2014 - Memorial Day
May 27th, 2014 - Isra and Mi'raj
May 29th, 2014 - International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
May 29th, 2014 - Ascension Day
May 31st, 2014 - World No Tobacco Day
June 1st, 2014 - Statehood Day
June 2nd, 2014 - Jefferson Davis Birthday
June 3rd, 2014 - Jefferson Davis Birthday
June 4th, 2014 - Shavuot
June 4th, 2014 - World Day for Child Victims of Aggression
June 5th, 2014 - World Environment Day
June 8th, 2014 - Pentecost
June 8th, 2014 - World Oceans Day
June 9th, 2014 - Whit Monday
June 11th, 2014 - Kamehameha Day
June 12th, 2014 - World Day Against Child Labour
June 14th, 2014 - Flag Day
June 14th, 2014 - World Blood Donor Day
June 15th, 2014 - Father's Day
June 15th, 2014 - Trinity Sunday
June 17th, 2014 - Bunker Hill Day
June 17th, 2014 - World Day to Combat Desertification
June 19th, 2014 - Juneteenth
June 19th, 2014 - Corpus Christi
June 20th, 2014 - West Virginia Day
June 20th, 2014 - World Refugee Day
June 21st, 2014 - June Solstice

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(July 04) Today we?re celebrating... (US) Independence Day

Independence Day (4th of July – US)
Celebrating the 235th birthday of the United States of America: On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress.

And in honor of the day – Holidays on the Net invites you to celebrate America’s birthday with us.

Whether you enjoy BBQs, fireworks or picnics in the park, we’ve got plenty of fun for your 4th of July. To help your family get into the independence spirit, we also have a trove of craft projects and coloring pictures that are perfect for kids young and old.

If you’re a history buff, Independence Day is probably one of your favorite holidays. What better way to relive our nation’s history than to spend its birthday visiting the national monuments and memorials in Washington, DC?

Or you can visit our site for a refresher on the history of the Pledge of Allegiance, the timeline of the American Flag and the full text and signers of the Declaration of Independence. And if you’re a trivia freak, you don’t want to miss our Did You Know? Facts and Figures about July 4th.

Are you planning to host or attend a 4th of July cookout (would it be July 4th if you didn’t?!) Be sure to peruse all our great grill recipes — plus our patriotic pastries, like Mom’s Favorite Apple Pie.

We look forward to hosting you at our biggest birthday bash yet!

And a bit of holiday trivia – Today is also the anniversary of the song – America the Beautiful.

(June 14) Today we?re observing ... Flag Day / National Flag Day USA

Flag Day
By Presidential Proclamation; honors and celebrates our flag, our country, and our heritage.

National Flag Day USA: Pause for Pledge
All Americans are asked to pause at 7PM EST to share a moment of nationwide patriotism.

 

Related link: Independence Day on the Net – U.S. Flag Etiquette

Passover ? The Story and The Traditions

The Jewish holiday of Passover is one filled with rich tradition. But, even more than on any other Jewish holiday, the biggest tradition (and commandment) of Passover is actually the story itself. Jews are commanded to tell the story of Passover in each generation as if it were we, ourselves, who were freed from slavery in Egypt.

Different from most Jewish holidays (in which the religious observance takes place mostly in the synagogue), on Passover the observance takes place at home with a festival meal and re-telling of the Passover story. Called the Seder, this festival meal and service is celebratory and educational, filled with delicious food, tradition and symbolism. The ?instruction manual? for the Seder is a book called the Hagaddah (which actually means the telling.) On every Seder table, appear the symbols through which the story is told. And how do we tell the story as if we were actually participants in the Exodus from Egypt? By becoming participants in the story . . . by not just reading about the symbols–but by tasting, using, and experiencing the symbols. By questioning, debating, discussing . . . and singing!

Perhaps the best-recognized symbol of Passover is the Matzah–the unleavened bread. By eating it for seven days during Passover instead of regular bread, we actually become the Israelites in such a hurry to escape Egypt before Pharaoh changed his mind that they didn?t even take time to let their bread rise. As the central symbol of Passover, the Matzah has an honored place on the Seder table, usually placed in an exquisite Matzah Cover.

The other symbols of the Passover Seder also hold places of honor at the table, displayed beautifully on a traditional Seder Plate. This plate often has a section for each of the symbols and a label in Hebrew or in English (or both) to remind us what goes there: parsley, a lamb bone, a roasted egg, bitter herb, salt water, and charoset (a delicious mixture of apples, nuts, and wine).

And let?s not forget the wine! At the Seder it?s traditional to drink four cups. So, at the center of the table stands an ornate Kiddush Cup used especially for blessing the wine and consecrating the specialness of the day.

One of the most beautiful traditions of the Seder is that of welcoming all to join us: the old and young, the poor and wealthy, the Jew and non-Jew. So, it?s not uncommon for non-Jews to attend a Passover Seder from time to time. All are welcome to tell the story, to participate in the traditions, and to enjoy the sounds and tastes of this festive springtime holiday. Happy Passover! Chag sameyach!

The Holy Singer




The Holy Singer

Originally uploaded by Poras Chaudhary





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