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When is Columbus Day in 2013?

October 14, 2013

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World Day for Farm Animals

October 2 is World Day for Farm Animals!

Founded in 1983, this holiday sets out to expose the cruelty that many animals raised on farms for slaughter endure. October 2 was chosen as World Day for Farm Animals because it aligns with Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday, who advocated for the improved treatment of animals.

Each year, 65 Billion animals are killed for food, many of which suffer confinement and mutilation on factory farms. You can help end the suffering by staying informed and educating others on the ill-treatment of farm animals worldwide.

Sources: Day for Animals, PETA

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When is Rosh Hashanah in 2013?

September 5, 2013

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When is Labor Day in 2013?

September 2, 2013

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When is Eid al-Fitr in 2013?

August 8, 2013

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When does Ramadan begin in 2013?

July 9, 2013

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Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is always celebrated on the third Saturday in May. In 2013, Armed Forces Day falls on May 18.

Armed Forces Day was established in 1949 as a way to unify all sectors of the United States Armed Forces. It is a holiday for American citizens to come together and show appreciation for all members of our military and pay tribute to soldiers in the Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy.

If you know or happen to come across a member of our military – remember to thank them for their service and support today.

Sources: Defense.gov, Wikipedia

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When is Memorial Day in 2013

May 27, 2013

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Shavuot

What is Shavuot?

Shavuot is the second of three major Jewish holidays that occurs 50 days after Passover, another major Jewish holiday. Originally a historical and agricultural festival that marked the end of the seven weeks of the Passover barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest, Shavuot is also a religious observance of God’s presenting Moses with the Torah, or the Ten Commandments, at Mount Sinai 50 days after the Israelites left Egypt.

Shavuot is similar to the Christian holy day Pentecost, which falls 49 days after Easter  Sunday and celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s followers.

When is Shavuot?

Shavuot is celebrated 50 days after Passover each year. Like Passover, Shavuot falls on a different day each year. This year, Shavuot falls on May 15.

How do people celebrate Shavuot?

Jewish people celebrate Shavuot by studying the Torah, reading the Akdamot and the Book of Ruth, decorating their homes with plants, flowers and leafy branches, and eating dairy products. In the U.S., synagogues often hold Jewish confirmation ceremonies on Shavuot. Although Shavuot is not a federal holiday in the U.S., many Jewish businesses and organizations close or limit their hours on Shavuot while Jewish people may choose to take their annual vacation around this time of year so that they have the day off.

Read more about Shavuot and its symbols and traditions.

 

Sources: timeanddate.com

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When is Victoria Day in 2013?

May 20, 2013

Learn more about Victoria Day.

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