The Whole World Calendar Book of Holidays Around the World 2014
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Halloween is a fun-filled holiday celebrated throughout the western world, most commonly in the Americas and in Europe with festivities that begin around sundown, when celebrants dress in costume and attend parties featuring games, candy, food and drink. In North America, Trick or Treating is a tradition in which children in costume go door-to-door offering their neighbors the choice between a trick (being played on them) or a treat (proffered by the householder in order to ward off the trick). The origin of Halloween is in the Celtic Festival of Samhain and its name is derived from “All Hallows Eve” — the evening before the Christian Feast of All Saints (see November 1st).
Reformation Day is celebrated by Protestant Christians and is a national holiday in Germany and in Switzerland on the anniversary of the day in 1520 when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of a Roman Catholic church in Wittenburg, Germany, which brought excommunication from the church and the founding of the Lutheran and later Protestant Churches.
The Birthday of Chiang Kai-shek is celebrated in the Republic of China on the anniversary of the 1887 birth of the Chinese military and political leader who assumed the leadership of the Chinese Nationalist Party and the nation after the death of Sun Yat-sen (the founder of the party and first Provisional President of the republic), led its military forces during the 1927-1950 Chinese Civil War, retreated to the Taiwan islands upon their defeat by the forces of the Chinese Communist Party under the direction of Mao Zedong (who founded the People’s Republic of China on the main-land) and continued serving as President of the Republic of China (which is often referred to as Taiwan) until his death in 1975. For information regarding the Republic of China, January 1st, “Foundation Day in the Republic of China.”
Nevada Day in the USA is celebrated on the anniversary of the 1864 admission to the union of the Territory of Nevada as the 36th of the 50 United States of America. Nevada is located in the US Southwest and its state capital is Carson City, for 19th century American trapper, guide and Civil War General Christopher “Kit” Carson. For information regarding the US, see January 2nd, “Georgia Day in the USA.”
The Feast of All Saints is more commonly known as All Saints’ Day and is one on which Christians celebrate the lives of those they hold to be saints. For
information regarding Christianity, see January 5th, “Christmas Eve.”
The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico and by those of Mexican heritage in honor of the spirits of the departed and for death itself as the beginning of a new stage of life on All Saints' Day and/or All Souls' Day on November 2nd, often beginning on the evening of the first and continuing through the second,
when celebrants enjoy festivities intended to provide merriment for both the living and the dead. For information regarding Mexico, see February 4th, “Constitution Day in Mexico.”
Independence Day in Antigua and Barbuda is celebrated on the anniversary of the nation’s 1981 achievement of independence from the United Kingdom after 349 years of colonial rule. Antigua and Barbuda is an island nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea just north of the equator which is comprised of the two main
islands of Antigua and Barbuda and smaller islands nearby with a total land area of 171 square miles. “Antigua” is translated from Spanish into English as “Ancient” and “Barbuda” as “Bearded,” for the island’s tribal elders. The nation’s capital city is St. John’s.
Revolution Day in Algeria is celebrated on the anniversary of the 1954 nationalist attacks upon French colonial military installations which ushered in the nation’s successful eight-year war of independence. For information regarding Algeria, see July 5th, “Independence Day in Algeria.”
Thanksgiving Day in Liberia is celebrated on the first Thursday of November as a day on which school and work are suspended so that Liberians may give thanks for their own blessings and those of the nation. For information regarding Liberia, see February 11th, “Armed Forces Day in Liberia.”
The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico and by those of Mexican heritage on All Saints' Day and/or All Souls' Day. See November 1st.
The Feast of All Souls is more commonly known as All Souls’ Day and is one on which Christians commemorate “the faithful departed.” For information regarding Christianity, see January 5th, “Christmas Eve.”
The Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie is celebrated by Rastafarians on the anniversary of the 1932 coronation of Haile Selassie I. For
more information, see July 23rd, “The Birthday of Haile Selassie.”
North Dakota Day in the USA is celebrated on the anniversary of the 1889 admission to the union of the northeastern portion of the Dakota Territory as
the 39th of the 50 United States of America. North Dakota is located in the northern Midwest of the continental US and is bordered to the north by Canada. Its state capital is Bismarck, for 19th century German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. For information regarding the United States, see January 2nd, “Georgia Day in the USA.”
South Dakota Day in the USA is celebrated on the anniversary of the 1889 admission to the union of the southeastern portion of the Dakota Territory as the 40th of the 50 United States of America. South Dakota is located in the northern Midwest of the continental US to the immediate south of North Dakota. Its state capital is Pierre, for 19th century Canadian trader Pierre Chouteau, Jr. For information regarding the United States, see January 2nd, “Georgia Day in the USA.