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World Veterinary Year 2011

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World Veterinary Year 2011

World Veterinary Year was celebrated in 2011, in recognition of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the world's first veterinary school in Lyon, France, in 1761.[1] World Veterinary Year was officially launched on 24 January 2011 in Versailles, France.[2] The slogan was "Vet for health, Vet for food, Vet for the planet!"[3] The United States Congress proclaimed 2011 as World Veterinary Year, following a proposal by Senators John Ensign and Kurt Schrader, both veterinarians.[4] The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and DG SANCO held a photography competition early in 2011 entitled "Vets in your daily life" as part of World Veterinary Year 2011.[5] The competition was won by Indian photographer Somenath Mukhopadhyay, with a photograph of a veterinarian taking the temperature of a goat affected by peste des petits ruminants.[6] Selected celebrations 24 January 2011: Official Opening Ceremony of World Veterinary Year (Versailles, France)[2] February 2011: Veterinary Council of Ireland hosted

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African Liberation Day

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African Liberation Day

Africa Day (formerly African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day) is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (now known as the African Union) on 25 May 1963.[1][2] It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world. Background The First Congress of Independent African States was held in Accra, Ghana on 15 April 1958. It was convened by Prime Minister of Ghana Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and comprised representatives from Egypt (then a constituent part of the United Arab Republic), Ethiopia, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, the Union of the Peoples of Cameroon and of the host country Ghana. The Union of South Africa was not invited. The conference showcased progress of liberation movements on the African continent in addition to symbolising the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. Although the Pan-African Congress had been working towards similar goals since i

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International Astrology Day

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International Astrology Day

International Astrology Day (most often observed on either March 20 or March 21) is an annual observance/holiday celebrated by astrologers and astrology enthusiasts. It is seen by astrologers as the beginning (first day) of the astrological year. It is the first full day of the astrological sign of Aries and thus marks the beginning of the tropical Zodiac. International Astrology Day is celebrated/observed depending on the exact day that the Northward equinox actually occurs. This varies year to year between March 19–22, though it usually falls on March 20 or March 21. The date of the holiday occurs at the same time of the Iranian new year (Norouz), which is celebrated in many places throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. It also corresponds with the beginning of the Bahá'í calendar, which is celebrated as Bahá'í Naw-Rúz. Other holidays occurring around this time include Ostara (amongst neopagans), Chunfen in China, and Vernal Equinox Day (a public holiday in Japan), among others. See also Astrolog

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420 (cannabis culture)

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420 (cannabis culture)

420, 4:20, or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) is slang in cannabis culture for the consumption of cannabis, especially smoking cannabis around the time 4:20 PM and also refers to cannabis-oriented celebrations that take place annually on April 20 (which is 4/20 in U.S. form).[3] Origins In 1971, five high school students – Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich[4] – in San Rafael, California,[5][6] calling themselves the Waldos[7][8] because "their chosen hang-out spot was a wall outside the school",[9] used the term in connection with a plan to search for an abandoned cannabis crop that they had learned about,[7][10] based on a treasure map made by the grower.[11] The Waldos designated Beniamino Bufano's 1940 Louis Pasteur statue[12] on the grounds of San Rafael High School as their meeting place, and 4:20 PM as their meeting time.[9] The Waldos referred to this plan with the phrase "4:20 Louis". After several failed attempts to find the crop, the group eventually shortened

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Cities for Life Day

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Cities for Life Day

Cities for Life Day is a worldwide festivity that supports the abolition of the death penalty. It is celebrated on November 30 of each year. History Cesare Beccaria was one of the greatest Italian Enlightenment writers, who was noted for his masterpiece Of Crimes and Punishments (1764), which was later translated into 22 languages. In it, Beccaria put forth some of the first modern arguments against the death penalty. His treatise was also the first full work of penology, advocating reform of the criminal law system. The book was the first full-scale work to tackle criminal reform and to suggest that criminal justice should conform to rational principles. As a consequence in Italy the first pre-unitarian state to abolish the death penalty was the Grand Duchy of Tuscany as of November 30, 1786, under the reign of Pietro Leopoldo, later Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II. So Tuscany was the first civil state in the world to do away with torture and capital punishment. Since then in the last two centuries the ref

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Boss's Day

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Boss's Day

Boss's Day (also written Bosses' Day or Boss's Day) is generally observed on or around October 16th in the United States. It has been pitched as a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year, but some have opposed the concept as nothing more than a meaningless Hallmark Holiday, as well as placing unfair pressure on employees to kowtow to managers who earn more than them and exercise power over them.[1][2] History Patricia Bays Haroski registered "National Boss' Day" with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1958. She was working as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois for her father, at the time and chose October 16, which was her father's birthday. The purpose of designating a special day in the workplace is to show the appreciation for her bosses she thought they deserved. This was also a strategy to attempt to improve intra-office relationships between managers and their employees. Haroski believed that young employees sometimes did not u

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Commonwealth Day

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Commonwealth Day

Commonwealth Day, replacing the former Empire Day, is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations, often held on the second Monday in March.[1] It is marked by an Anglican service in Westminster Abbey, normally attended by Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth along with the Commonwealth Secretary-General and Commonwealth High Commissioners in London.[2] The Queen delivers an address to the Commonwealth, which is broadcast throughout the world.[3] Commonwealth Day is a public holiday in some parts of the Commonwealth, but not presently in Britain.[4] History Empire Day After the death of Queen Victoria on 22 January 1901, her birthday, 24 May, was celebrated from 24 May 1902 as Empire Day, though not officially recognised as an annual event until 1916.[5] It was instituted in the United Kingdom in 1905 by Lord Meath, and extended throughout the countries of the Commonwealth; Empire Day was a "symbol of that unity of feeling . . . to those ideals of freedom, justice, and tolerance for whi

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Columbus Day

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Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492 (Julian Calendar; it would have been October 21, 1492 on the Gregorian Proleptic Calendar, which extends the Gregorian Calendar to dates prior to its adoption in 1582). Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who set sail across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a faster route to the Far East only to land at the New World. His first voyage to the New World on the Spanish ships Santa María, Niña, and La Pinta took approximately three months. Columbus and his crew's arrival to the New World initiated the Columbian Exchange which introduced the transfer of plants, animals, culture, human populations, and technology (but also invasive species, including communicable diseases) between the new world and the old. The landing is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States but the name varies on the international spe

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Día del Amigo

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Día del Amigo

Friendship Day (also International Friendship Day or Friend's Day) is a day in several countries for celebrating friendship (Arabic: اليوم الدولي للصداقة‎, Chinese: 国际友谊日, French: Journée internationale de l’amitié, German: Internationaler Tag der Freundschaft, Portuguese: Dia do Amigo, Russian: Международный день дружбы, Kannada: ಸ್ನೇಹಿತರ ದಿನಾಚರಣೆ.., Spanish: Día del Amigo, Urdu: عالمی یوم دوستی‎, Hindi: मित्रता दिवस, Bengali: বন্ধুত্ব দিবস, Tamil: நட்பு நாள், Telugu: స్నేహితుల దినోత్సవం, Konkani: मित्रताचो दिस). It was first proposed in 1958 in Paraguay as the "International Friendship Day". It was initially promoted by the greeting cards' industry, evidence from social networking sites shows a revival of interest in the holiday that may have grown with the spread of the Internet, particularly in India, Bangladesh, and Malaysia. Mobile phones, digital communication and social media have contributed to popularize the custom. Those who promote the holiday in South Asia attribute the tradition of dedicating

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Community Manager Appreciation Day

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Community Manager Appreciation Day

Yul Contenu community managers at PodCamp Montreal 2010 Community Manager Appreciation Day takes place every 4th Monday of January as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of community managers around the world using social media and other tools to improve customer experiences. History Jeremiah Owyang initiated this international event in 2010.[1] People are encouraged to send sincere Thank You notes to their online community managers. People using Twitter include the #CMAD and #CMGR hashtag in their tweets about this event. Many online community managers and vendors in the social media marketplace post blogs in appreciation of their community managers. Cities with large concentrations of Social Media focused businesses, such as Boston, Austin, and San Francisco hold in-person meetup events to celebrate and honor those who represent and support their online communities. In 2014, phpList announced the appointment of their new Community Manager to coincide with the event.[2] Notes Original blog

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Emancipation Day

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Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day is observed in many former European colonies in the Caribbean and areas of the United States on various dates to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people of African descent. It is also observed in other areas in regard to the abolition of serfdom or other forms of involuntary servitude. Caribbean August 1, 1834 The Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which abolished slavery throughout the British Empire (with the exceptions "of the Territories in the Possession of the East India Company", the "Island of Ceylon" and "the Island of Saint Helena"; the exceptions were eliminated in 1843), came into force the following year, on 1 August 1834. Only slaves below the age of six were freed. Enslaved people older than six years of age were redesignated as "apprentices" and required to work, 40 hours per week without pay, as part of compensation payment to their former owners. Full emancipation was finally achieved at midnight on 31 July 1838.[1] Barbados Emancipation Day in Barbados is part of the

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Employee Appreciation Day

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Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day is an unofficial holiday observed on the first Friday in March. It is a day for companies to thank their employees for their hard work and effort throughout the year. This day was created for the purpose of strengthening the bond between employer and employee. According to David Nuualiitia "Employee Appreciation Day first arrived on calendars in 1995. One of Recognition Professionals International’s founding Board members, Bob Nelson, together with his publishing company, Workman Publishing, created Employee Appreciation Day as a way of focusing the attention of all employers, in all industries on employee recognition." [1] Though the holiday is still gaining in adoption in the U.S. and abroad, like Boss's Day, Employee Appreciation Day has become an opportunity for managers, company leadership and HR to remember the importance of appreciating employees.[2] Companies often celebrate by letting employees leave early,[3] offering gifts, events or special recognition for workers.[4] St

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European Day of the Righteous

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European Day of the Righteous

The European Day of the Righteous is a celebration established in 2012 by the European Parliament to commemorate those who have stood up against crimes against humanity and totalitarism with their own moral responsibility. By this celebration the concept of Righteous as worked out by Yad Vashem is broadened to all genocide cases and forms of totalitarianism thanks to the commitment of Moshe Bejski. The European day of the Righteous is celebrated every year on 6 March, the anniversary of Moshe Bejski’s death. History The call for the European Union and the Council of Europe to set up a European day in the memory of the Righteous came from a hundred prominent Italian and European personalities of the world of culture under the aegis of non-profit association Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous. It soon received the support of important institutions such as the Presidency of the Republic of Poland, the Václav Havel foundation, the association Libera founded by father Luigi Ciotti and many other influent entit

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Geek Pride Day

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Geek Pride Day

Geek Pride Day is an initiative to promote geek culture, celebrated annually on May 25.[1] The initiative originated in Spain in 2006 as (Spanish: Día del orgullo friki) and spread around the world via the Internet. Origins Tim McEachern organized unconnected events called Geek Pride Festival and/or Geek Pride Day 1998 to 2000 at a bar in Albany, New York, which are sometimes seen as a prelude to Geek Pride Day. Dick Morley, a "father" of the PLC, organised Geek Pride Days at The Barn, his retreat in New Hampshire, as early as 2001. He describes it in his book, Techshock – Future under repair (ISA, 2009). He held them on the longest day of the year and he wrote of Geek Pride Day (Or Outing Engineers in the Bush!) on page 19. In 2006, the Spanish blogger Germán Martínez known online as señor Buebo organized the first celebration. The day was celebrated for the first time in Spain and on the Internet, drawing attention from mainstream media.[2][3][4] The biggest concentration took place in Madrid, where 30

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Global Handwashing Day

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Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is an international handwashing promotion campaign to motivate and mobilize people around the world to improve their handwashing habits. Washing hands at critical points during the day and washing with soap are both important. Global Handwashing Day occurs on 15 October of each year. The global campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of handwashing with soap as a key factor in disease prevention.[1] Respiratory and intestinal diseases can be reduced by 25-50%. Implementation and management The Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) (formerly called "Public Private Partnership for Handwashing" (PPPHW)) established Global Handwashing Day in 2008 as a way to promote a global and local vision of handwashing with soap.[2][3] Steering Committee members of the GHP include Colgate-Palmolive; FHI 360; The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Procter & Gamble; UNICEF; Unilever; University at Buffalo; USAID; the Water and Sanitation Programme at the World Bank; and the W

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International Lefthanders Day

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International Lefthanders Day

International Left Handers Day is an international day observed annually on August 13 to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left handers. The day was first observed in 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc.[1] International Left Hander's Day was created to celebrate sinistrality and raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates left-handed people’s uniqueness and differences, a subset of humanity comprising seven to ten percent of the world's population.[1] The day also spread awareness on issues faced by left-handers e.g. the importance of the special needs for left-handed children, and the likelihood for left-handers to develop schizophrenia.[2] There are approximately 708 million left-handed people in the world. Men are more likely to be left handed than women.[3] Further reading Flatt, Adrian (October 1999). "The sinister handed". FRCS BUMC Proceedings. 12 (4): 267–271. Arc

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May Day

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May Day

May Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on 1 May. It is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival[1] and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities. In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers' Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago.[2] International Workers' Day can also be referred to as "May Day", but it is a different celebration from the traditional May Day. Origins and celebrations The earliest known May celebrations appeared with the Floralia, festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, held from 27 April – 3 May during the Roman Republic era, and the Maiouma or Maiuma, a festival celebrating Dionysus and Aphrodite held every three years during the month of May.[3] The Floralia opened with theatrical performances. In the Floralia, Ovid says that hares and goats were released as part of the festivities. Persiu

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International Men's Day

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International Men's Day

International Men's Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on 19 November. The objectives of celebrating an International Men's Day are set out in "The Six Pillars of International Men's Day".[1] It is an occasion to celebrate boys and men's achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values.[2][3] International Men's Day is celebrated in over 80 countries,[1] on 19 November, and global support for the celebration is broad.[1][4] International Men's Day is followed by Universal Children's Day on 20 November, forming a 48-hour celebration of men and children, respectively. Additionally, the month of November is also occasionally recognized as International Men's Month. Inaugurated in 1992 on 7 February by Thomas Oaster,[5] the project of International Men's Day was conceived one year earlier on 8 February 1991.[6] The project was re-initialised in

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Midsummer

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Midsummer

Midsummer is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 19 and June 25 and the preceding evening. The exact dates vary among different cultures. The celebration predates Christianity, and existed under different names and traditions around the world. [7][8] The undivided Christian Church designated June 24 as the feast day of the early Christian martyr St John the Baptist, and the observance of St John's Day begins the evening before, known as St John's Eve. These are commemorated by many Christian denominations, such as the Roman Catholic Church, Lutheran Churches, and Anglican Communion,[2][9] as well as by freemasonry.[10] In Sweden, the Midsummer is such an important festivity that there have been proposals to make the Midsummer's Eve into the National Day of Sweden, instead of June 6. In Latvia Midsummer festival is National Day of Latvia. In Denmark and Norway, it m

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International Migratory Bird Day

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International Migratory Bird Day

Bird Day is the name of several holidays celebrating birds. Various countries observe such a holiday on various dates. International Migratory Bird Day International Migratory Bird Day poster 2014 International Migratory Bird Day is a conservation initiative that brings awareness on conserving migratory birds and their habitats throughout the Western Hemisphere. This program is dedicated to international conservation efforts and environmental education in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Originated by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, it is now coordinated by Environment for the Americas.[1][1] International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) officially takes place on the second Saturday in May in the U.S. and Canada and on the second Saturday of October in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean each year. Recognizing that this date does not work well for all places or for the migratory birds themselves- sites host these programs at their conveni

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International Midwives' Day

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International Midwives' Day

International Day of the Midwives was first celebrated May 5th 1991, and has since been observed in over 50 nations around the world.[1] The idea of having a day to recognize and honor midwives came out of the 1987 International Confederation of Midwives conference in the Netherlands. In 2014 it was celebrated in Iran[2] and New Zealand[3] among other places. References "ICM - Home". Internationalmidwives.org. Retrieved 2014-04-12. "Iran needs young population to make progress: Leader". Tehran Times. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2015. "Midwives make history". Stuff.co.nz. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2015. External links [1]

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International Missing Children's Day

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International Missing Children's Day

International Missing Children's Day is celebrated on May 25, the same day as the United States' National Missing Children's Day designated by Ronald Reagan in 1983. Background Launched in 1998 as a joint venture of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) and the US's National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the Global Missing Children's Network (GMCN) is a network of countries that connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and images of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations.[1][2][3] The Network has 29 member countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan (Province of China), the United Kingdom, and the United States.[3] Every year on May 25, GMCN members pay respects to Interna

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Software Freedom Day

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Software Freedom Day

Software Freedom Day logo Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual worldwide celebration of Free Software organized by Digital Freedom Foundation. SFD is a public education effort with the aim of increasing awareness of Free Software and its virtues, and encouraging its use. SFD was established in 2004 and was first observed on 28 August of that year. About 12 teams participated in the first Software Freedom Day. Since that time it has grown in popularity and while organisers anticipated more than 1,000 teams in 2010[1] the event has stalled at around 400+ locations over the past two years, representing a 30% decrease over 2009. Since 2006 Software Freedom Day has been held on the third Saturday of September. Students lined up to register at the Software Freedom Day 2011 event in the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines Organization Each event is left to local teams around the world to organize. Pre-registered teams (2 months before the date or earlier) receive free schwag sent by SFI to help

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Summer solstice

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Summer solstice

UT date and time of equinoxes and solstices on Earth[1][2] event equinox solstice equinox solstice month March June September December year day time day time day time day time 2015 20 22:45 21 16:38 23 08:21 22 04:48 2016 20 04:30 20 22:34 22 14:21 21 10:44 2017 20 10:28 21 04:24 22 20:02 21 16:28 2018 20 16:15 21 10:07 23 01:54 21 22:23 2019 20 21:58 21 15:54 23 07:50 22 04:19 2020 20 03:50 20 21:44 22 13:31 21 10:02 2021 20 09:37 21 03:32 22 19:21 21 15:59 2022 20 15:33 21 09:14 23 01:04 21 21:48 2023 20 21:24 21 14:58 23 06:50 22 03:27 2024 20 03:07 20 20:51 22 12:44 21 09:20 2025 20 09:02 21 02:42 22 18:20 21 15:03 The Earth during the summer solstice in June 2017 The summer solstice (or estival solstice), also known as midsummer, occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). For that hemisphere, the summer solstice is when the Sun r

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International Surfing Day

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International Surfing Day

International Surfing Day, held annually on the third Saturday of June, is an unofficial, environmentally conscious[1] sports-centered holiday that celebrates the sport of surfing, surfing lifestyle, and the sustainability of ocean resources.[2][3] Contests and prizes[4] are also part of the celebration, with surfing-related industries donating prizes such as surfboards and wetsuits.[1] Another purpose of the celebration is to promote the popularity of surfing and to attract new participants.[5] History A Naupaka plant International Surfing Day was established in 2005 by Surfing Magazine[6][7] and The Surfrider Foundation.[6][7] International Surfing Day closely follows the spirit and intent of the World Surf Day, established by the Usenet newsgroup alt.surfing in 1993.[8] International Surfing Day is a worldwide[9] celebration of the sport of surfing. The day is observed with surf contests,[7] barbecues,[10] film screenings[1] and other surf-related activities. Surfers also use the day to give back to t

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International Translation Day

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International Translation Day

St. Jerome in his study. A painting by Domenico Ghirlandaio International Translation Day is an international day celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. The celebrations have been promoted by International Federation of Translators (FIT) ever since it was set up in 1953. In 1991 FIT launched the idea of an officially recognized International Translation Day to show solidarity of the worldwide translation community in an effort to promote the translation profession in different countries (not necessarily only in Christian ones). This is an opportunity to display pride in a profession that is becoming increasingly essential in the era of progressing globalization. In line with the celebration of 2019 as International Year of Indigenous Languages, the theme for 2019 is Translation and Indigenous Languages. UN resolution The United Nations General Assembly has passed on May 24, 2017, a resolution declaring Septem

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Walpurgis Night

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Walpurgis Night

Walpurgis Night [3][4], an abbreviation of Saint Walpurgis Night (from the German Sankt Walpurgisnacht ), also known as Saint Walpurga's Eve (alternatively spelled Saint Walburga's Eve), is the eve of the Christian feast day of Saint Walpurga, an 8th-century abbess in Francia, and is celebrated on the night of 30 April and the day of 1 May.[5][6] This feast commemorates the canonization of Saint Walpurga and the movement of her relics to Eichstätt, both of which occurred on 1 May 870.[7] Saint Walpurga was hailed by the Christians of Germany for battling "pest, rabies and whooping cough, as well as against witchcraft."[8] Christians prayed to God through the intercession of Saint Walpurga in order to protect themselves from witchcraft,[9][8][10] as Saint Walpurga was successful in converting the local populace to Christianity.[11] In parts of Christendom, people continue to light bonfires on Saint Walpurga's Eve in order to ward off evil spirits and witches.[1][12] Others have historically made Christian pil

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Winter solstice

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Winter solstice

The winter solstice, hiemal solstice or hibernal solstice, also known as midwinter, occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). For that hemisphere, the winter solstice is the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year, when the Sun is at its lowest daily maximum elevation in the sky.[1] At the pole, there is continuous darkness or twilight around the winter solstice. Its opposite is the summer solstice. The winter solstice occurs during the hemisphere's winter. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the December solstice (usually 21 or 22 December) and in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the June solstice (usually 20 or 21 June). Although the winter solstice itself lasts only a moment, the term sometimes refers to the day on which it occurs. Other names are "midwinter", the "extreme of winter" (Dongzhi), or the "shortest day". Traditionally, in many temperate regions, the winte

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World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

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World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

Jean Henri Dunant, founder of the Red Cross World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an annual celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. World Red Cross Red Crescent Day is celebrated on 8 May each year.[1] This date is the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, who was born on 8 May 1828. He was the founder of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.[2][3][4][5] History The idea for an "annual action that could take hold in the whole world ... that would be a major contribution to peace" was introduced just after World War I. This initiative, known as the "Red Cross Truce", was studied by an International Commission established at the 14th International Conference of the Red Cross. Its report, presented to the 15th International Conference of the Red Cross in Tokyo in 1934, was approved. It was only after World War II, in 1946, that the Tokyo proposal was studied by the League of Red Cross Societies (

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Wren Day

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Wren Day

Wren Day, also known as Wren's Day, Day of the Wren, or Hunt the Wren Day (Irish: Lá an Dreoilín), is celebrated on 26 December, St. Stephen's Day in a number of countries across Europe. The tradition consists of "hunting" a fake wren and putting it on top of a decorated pole. Then the crowds of mummers, or strawboys, celebrate the wren (also pronounced wran)[1] by dressing up in masks, straw suits, and colourful motley clothing. They form music bands and parade through towns and villages. These crowds are sometimes called wrenboys. History Wrenboys on St. Stephen's Day in Dingle, Ireland. In past times and into the 20th century, an actual bird was hunted by wrenboys on St. Stephen's Day. The captured wren was tied to the wrenboy leader's staff or a net would be put on a pitchfork. It would be sometimes kept alive, as the popular mummers' parade song states, "A penny or tuppence would do it no harm". The song, of which there are many variations, asked for donations from the townspeople. One variation sun

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World Hello Day

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World Hello Day

World Hello Day is a secular holiday observed annually on November 21, to express that conflicts should be resolved through communication rather than the use of force. Participants verbally greet ten people or more on that day as an expression of the importance of personal communication in preserving peace. The annual global event began to be celebrated in 1973 as a response to the Yom Kippur War. Background Every year, November 21 is World Hello Day.[1] The objective is to greet to at least ten people on the day. The message is for world leaders to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.[2] World Hello Day was founded in 1973 by Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, in response to the Yom Kippur War. The McCormack brothers mailed 1,360 letters, in seven languages, to government leaders worldwide to encourage participation in the first World Hello Day.[3] Since that time, World Hello Day has been observed by

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International Romani Day

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International Romani Day

The International Romani Day (April 8) is a day to celebrate Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Romani people. Origin The day was officially declared in 1990 in Serock, Poland, the site of the fourth World Romani Congress of the International Romani Union (IRU), in honour of the first major international meeting of Romani representatives, 7–12 April 1971 in Chelsfield near London. International reaction Pope John Paul II exhorted his followers to treat Romanies with compassion and respect. In 2003, the Dalai Lama lit a candle to commemorate the day. In 2004, Adam Ereli of the US State Department addressed the continuing human rights abuses faced by Romanies and asked European governments to encourage tolerance. In 2006, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General, stated her concerns for growing Antiziganism and encouraged Europe's Romani populations to act to improve their poor living conditions, the result of longstanding and widespread discrimination.[1

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Day of the Programmer

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Day of the Programmer

The Day of the Programmer is an international professional day that is celebrated on the 256th (hexadecimal 100th, or the 28th) day of each year (September 13 during common years and on September 12 in leap years). It is officially recognized in Russia.[1][2] The number 256 (28) was chosen because it is the number of distinct values that can be represented with a byte, a value well known to programmers. 256 is also the highest power of two that is less than 365, the number of days in a common year. Official recognition This particular day was proposed by Valentin Balt and Michael Cherviakov (aka htonus), employees of Parallel Technologies (a software company). As early as 2002, they tried to gather signatures for a petition to the government of Russia to recognize the day as the official Day of the Programmer.[3] On July 24, 2009, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media (Russia) issued a draft of an executive order on a new professional holiday, Day of the Programmer.[4][5] On September 11, 2009, P

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Celebrate Bisexuality Day

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Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Celebrate Bisexuality Day (also called Bisexual Pride Day, Bi Visibility Day, CBD, Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day, and Bisexuality+ Day) is observed on September 23.[1][2] This day is a call to recognize and celebrate bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and all the bisexual people in their lives.[3][4] History A precursor to the first official observance came when the oldest national bisexuality organization in the United States, BiNet USA, was founded in 1990.[5] It was originally called the North American Multicultural Bisexual Network (NAMBN), and had its first meeting at the first National Bisexual Conference in America.[6][6][7] This first conference was held in San Francisco in 1990, and sponsored by BiPOL.[5] Over 450 people attended from 20 states and 5 countries, and the mayor of San Francisco sent a proclamation "commending the bisexual rights community for its leadership in the cause of social justice," and declaring June 23, 1990 Bisexual Pride Day.[5] First officially obser

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Home Movie Day

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Home Movie Day

Home Movie Day (established 2002) is an annual event that celebrates amateur films and filmmaking. It is a worldwide event, held at local venues all over the world and organized locally by volunteers. Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to have their films inspected and to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community. The event is an opportunity to discover the personal, historical, and social importance of home movies and for individuals to learn how to best care for them. From 2003 to 2007, Home Movie Day was usually held on the second Saturday of August. The first Home Movie Day was held August 16, 2003 (8/16), a play on the respective film gauges. In 2008 the official day was moved to the third Saturday of October. The 2020 date is Saturday, October 17. Three films first publicly screened at Home Movie Day events were subsequently named to the Library of Congress's National Film Registry. Think of Me First as a Person, an amateur document

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World Storytelling Day

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World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day logo by Mats Rehnman. World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the March equinox, on (or near) March 20. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night. Participants tell each other about their events in order to share stories and inspiration, to learn from each other and create international contacts. The significance in the event lies in the fact that it is the first global celebration of storytelling of its kind, and has been important in forging links between storytellers often working far apart from each other. It has also been significant in drawing public and media attention to storytelling as an art form. Event History World Storytelling Day has its roots in a national day for storytelling in Sweden, circa 1991-2. At that time, an event was organized for March 20 in Sweden called "Alla be

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International Transgender Day of Visibility

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International Transgender Day of Visibility

International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is an annual event occurring on March 31[1][2] dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. The day was founded by US-based transgender activist[3] Rachel Crandall of Michigan in 2009[4] as a reaction to the lack of LGBT recognition of transgender people, citing the frustration that the only well-known transgender-centered holiday was the Transgender Day of Remembrance which mourned the murders of transgender people, but did not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community. The first International Transgender Day of Visibility was held on March 31, 2009. It has since been spearheaded by the U.S.-based youth advocacy organization Trans Student Educational Resources.[5] In 2014, the day was observed by activists across the world — including in Ireland[6] and in Scotland.[7] Manila-born supermodel

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Trans March

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Trans March

Scene from French trans and intersex March "Existrans" 2017 Annual marches, protests or gatherings take place around the world for transgender issues, often taking place during the time of local Pride parades for LGBT people. These events are frequently organized by trans communities to build community, address human rights struggles, and create visibility. San Francisco Trans March The 2009 logo of the San Francisco Trans March. The San Francisco Trans March is an annual gathering and protest march in San Francisco, California, that takes place on the Friday night of Pride weekend, the last weekend of June.[1] It is a trans and gender non-conforming and inclusive event in the same spirit of the original gay pride parades and dyke marches. It is one of the few large annual transgender events in the world and has likely been the largest transgender event since its inception in June 2004.[2] The purpose of the event is to increase visibility, activism and acceptance of all gender-variant people.[1] The e

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Asexual Awareness Week

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Asexual Awareness Week

Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to others, or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity.[1][2][3] It may be considered a sexual orientation or the lack thereof.[4][5][6] It may also be categorized more widely to include a broad spectrum of asexual sub-identities.[7] Asexuality is distinct from abstention from sexual activity and from celibacy,[8][9] which are behavioral and generally motivated by factors such as an individual's personal, social, or religious beliefs.[10] Sexual orientation, unlike sexual behavior, is believed to be "enduring".[11] Some asexual people engage in sexual activity despite lacking sexual attraction or a desire for sex, due to a variety of reasons, such as a desire to pleasure themselves or romantic partners, or a desire to have children.[8][12] Acceptance of asexuality as a sexual orientation and field of scientific research is still relatively new,[2][12][5] as a growing body of research from both sociological and psychological perspectives has begun to

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Global Information Governance Day

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Global Information Governance Day

Global Information Governance Day, or GIGD, is an international holiday that occurs on the third Thursday in February. The purpose of Global Information Governance Day is to raise the awareness of information governance. The holiday was created by Garth Landers, Tamir Sigal, and Barclay T. Blair in 2012.[1] Information governance is the enforcement of desirable behavior in the creation, use, archiving, and deletion of corporate information. Gartner Inc., an information technology research and advisory firm, defines information governance as the specification of decision rights and an accountability framework to encourage desirable behavior in the valuation, creation, storage, use, archival and deletion of information. It includes the processes, roles, standards and metrics that ensure the effective and efficient use of information in enabling an organization to achieve its goals.[2] February is Information Governance Month, coordinated by the American Health Information Management Association.[3] The celeb

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Anosmia Awareness Day

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Anosmia Awareness Day

Anosmia Awareness Day Logo Anosmia Awareness Day is a day to spread awareness about Anosmia (an-OHZ-me-uh), the loss of the sense of smell, and it takes place each year on February 27. Reason Proponents of this event suggest that since there are relatively fewer visible and practical difficulties associated with olfactory disorders than with visual or auditory impairments, the nature of olfactory dysfunction and its consequences for an individual's safety and quality of life are not widely understood. Anosmia Awareness Day aims to expose this situation, push for the development of successful treatments, and inform the general public about the serious impact that anosmia can have on a person's life. Anosmia sufferers have been shown to be susceptible to dangerous situations such as gas leaks, fires, hazardous chemical vapors, and ingesting spoiled food.[1] Additionally, people with smell loss can also experience difficulty with eating due to the close relationship between smell and taste.[2] Studies also in

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DNA Day

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DNA Day

DNA replication. The two base-pair complementary chains of the DNA molecule allow for replication of the genetic instructions. National DNA Day is a holiday celebrated on April 25. It commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and colleagues published papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA.[1][2][3] Furthermore, in early April 2003 it was declared that the Human Genome Project was very close to complete, and "the remaining tiny gaps [we]re considered too costly to fill."[4][5] In the United States, DNA Day was first celebrated on April 25, 2003 by proclamation of both the Senate[6] and the House of Representatives.[7] However, they only declared a one-time celebration, not an annual holiday. Every year from 2003 onward, annual DNA Day celebrations have been organized by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), starting as early as April 23 in 2010, April 15 in 2011[8] and April 20 in 2012.[9] April 25 has since been declared "

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International Day of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps

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International Day of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps

International Day of liberation of the Nazi concentration camps is a memorable date, celebrated annually on 11 April.[1][2] During the Second World War in Nazi Germany, its allies and countries in the occupied territories they acted (in addition to prisons, ghettos, and so on).[3] Of 14 000 concentration camps.[4] Prisoners of Nazis burned in the ovens of the crematorium (sometimes to death), poisoned in gas chambers, tortured, raped, starved and forced to work at the same time to exhaustion; prisoners have bled for the soldiers of the Wehrmacht, was performed over them the terrible medical experiments, testing new drugs on the people. In March 1945, on the territory of Buchenwald (the largest concentration camp) flashes armed insurrection organized by international forces prisoners themselves.[5] When Buchenwald concentration camp includes the American troops, the rebels had already presided over a death camp. Largely because of this, the Nazis (SS guards) did not manage to cover up the traces of their hor

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International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day

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International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day is a commemoration declared by author Jo Walton, held on April 23 and first celebrated in 2007, in response to remarks made by Howard V. Hendrix stating that he was opposed "to the increasing presence in our organization the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America of webscabs, who post their creations on the net for free". The purpose of the day, according to Walton, was to encourage writers to post "professional quality" works for free on the internet. The name of the day originates from the assertion by Hendrix that the "webscabs" are "converting the noble calling of Writer into the life of Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretch." Many notable authors contributed to International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day 2007, including Chaz Brenchley, Steven Brust, Emma Bull, Debra Doyle, Diane Duane, Naomi Kritzer, Jay Lake, David Langford, Sharon Lee, Beth Meacham, Steve Miller, Andrew Plotkin, Robert Reed, Will Shetterly, Sherwood Smith, Ryk Spoor, Charles Stross

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Lesbian Visibility Day

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Lesbian Visibility Day

The following is a list of notable LGBT+ awareness periods. There are many awareness days, weeks and months that focus on LGBT+ matters.[1] List Name Date Year Started Notes Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week The first full week after 14 February 2014 Week to promote information and awareness about aromantic spectrum identities and the issues they face[2] Asexual Awareness Week Last full week in October 2010 Week to promote awareness of those on the asexual spectrum[3] Bisexual Awareness Week Week surrounding 23 September 2014 Also referred to as BiWeek, and Bisexual+ Awareness Week Bisexual Health Awareness Month March 2014 Also referred to as #BiHealthMonth; celebrated to raise awareness about the bisexual+ community's social, economic, and health disparities, advocate for resources, and inspire actions to improve bi+ people's well-being[4] Celebrate Bisexuality Day 23 September 1999 Also referred to as Bisexual Pride Day, CBD, Bisexual Pride, and Bi Visibility Day[5] Day of

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Malbec World Day

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Malbec World Day

Malbec World Day is celebrated on April 17, to commemorate the day when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina's wine industry. On that day, back in 1853, he tasked Michel Aimé Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines. Amongst his selection, was Malbec.[1] Pouget continued experimenting with the adaptation of French varietals to Argentina's diverse terroirs. A decade later, France underwent a Phylloxera Plague that affected the Rhône region. The name, "Malbec World Day", translates from the Spanish "Día Mundial del Malbec" meaning "Malbec throughout the world". Somehow, the name stuck and continues to confuse English speakers to this day, as most just end up calling it "World Malbec Day", or "Malbec Mondo" for those who like the alliteration. In the meantime, Malbec flourished in Argentina creating wines widely superior to those of its country of origin.[2] Many decades later, in 1956, France faced another obstacle: a freeze wiped o

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Sun Day

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Sun Day

Sun Day (May 3, 1978) was designated by United States President Jimmy Carter, specifically devoted to advocacy for solar power,[1] following a joint resolution by Congress, H.J.Res. 715 becoming Pub.L. 95–253[2] It was modeled on the highly successful Earth Day of April 22, 1970. It was the idea of Denis Hayes, who also coordinated Earth Day in 1970.[3] Commemorations While President Carter flew to Denver to visit a solar power research institute, others gathered in Cadillac Mountain in Maine where the sun's ray allegedly first touch the United States (although not at the time of the year). A crowd gathered at UN Plaza in New York City listened to speeches by people such as movie star Robert Redford, who reminded them that the sun "can't be embargoed by any foreign nation". At the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, environmental activist Barry Commoner opined to a group of 500 people that solar power was an issue as pivotal as slavery and that "If Mr. Carter and [Energy Secretary] Schlesinger won't talk ab

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World Voice Day

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World Voice Day

World Voice Day (WVD) is a worldwide annual event that takes place on April 16 devoted to the celebration of the phenomenon of voice.[1]The aim is to demonstrate the enormous importance of the voice in the daily lives of all people. Voice is a critical aspect of effective and healthy communication, and World Voice Day brings global awareness to the need for preventing voice problems, rehabilitating the deviant or sick voice, training the artistic voice, and researching the function and application of voice. A goal of World Voice Day is to encourage all those who use their voice for business or pleasure to learn to take care of their voice, and know how to seek help and training, and to support research on the voice. Voice production is studied and applied in many disciplines such as medicine, speech-language pathology, music, physics, psychology, phonetics, art, and biology. The World Voice Day was established on April 16th with the main goals of increasing public awareness of the importance of the voice an

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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's first event in Kansas City, Missouri, USA World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD), also spelled World T'ai Chi and Ch'i Kung Day, is an annual event held the last Saturday of April each year to promote the related disciplines of T'ai chi ch'uan and Qigong in nearly eighty countries since 1999. [1] World Tai Chi & Qigong Day also acts as an information source on medical research and finding classes in those disciplines. [2] Overview The annual April event is open to the general public, and begins in the earliest time zones of Samoa at 10 am, and then participants across Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America take part, with celebrations in eighty nations and several hundred cities, ending with the final events in the last time zones of Hawaii almost an entire day later. Celebrations include mass t'ai chi ch'uan and qigong exhibitions in many cities, and free classes in

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