The Whole World Calendar Book of Holidays Around the World 2015
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Meanwhile, from The Whole World Calendar Book of Holidays Around the World 2014:
International Youth Day was established by the United Nations in 1999 in order to provide a worldwide opportunity for governments and individuals to draw attention to issues that touch the lives of young people by hosting conferences and other educational forums involving national and local governmental and non-governmental officials and organizations as well as cultural events such as art shows, concerts and other performances, and media events.
The theme of International Youth Day 2014 is “Youth and Mental Health” as outlined by the UN as follows: “Youth with mental health conditions can often experience stigma and discrimination, which in turn can lead to exclusion and/or discourage people from seeking help for fear of being negatively ‘labelled’. The 2014 observance of International Youth Day will raise awareness on this important topic, as well as highlight the experiences of brave, young individuals who have chosen to speak out about these issues with the objective of overcoming stigma and discrimination to ensure that young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives free from isolation and unnecessary shame, and openly seek the services and support they need.”
Armed Forces Day is celebrated in the Republic of Zimbabwe, a landlocked nation in southern Africa whose capital city is Harare, as named for 18th century Shona Chieftan Neharawa.”
The Queen’s Birthday in Thailand is celebrated on the anniversary of the 1932 birth of Sirikit, queen consort of King Rama IX. The Kingdom of Cambodia is located on the Indochinese Peninsula in southern Asia with a 200 mile southeastern coastline along the Gulf of Thailand, and its capital city is Phnom Penh, which is translated from Cambodian into English as “Temple Hill” for the 14th century Wat Phnoman Buddhist temple.
Independence Day in the Central African Republic is celebrated on the anniversary of the nation’s 1960 achievement of independence from France after 61 years of colonial rule. The Central African Republic is a landlocked country in Central Africa whose capital city is Bangui, from the Sango “Haut-Oubangui,” which is translated into English as “Upper Ubangi” in reference to the Ubangi River.
“Lao Issara” is translated from Laotian into English as “Free Laos” and is celebrated in Laos on the anniversary of the 1945 founding of the Free Laos Movement by Prince Phetsarath Rattanavongsa (Prime Minister from 1942-1945 and only Vice-King of the now-defunct Kingdom of Laos) which resisted French colonialism and ushered in the nation’s independence movement. The Lao People's Democratic Republic is a landlocked nation in southeastern Asia whose capital city is Vientiane, which is translated from Laotian into English as “City of Sandalwood.”
“Tanabata” is translated from Japanese into English as “Evening of the Seventh” and is celebrated in Japan on the seventh day of the seventh month of the traditional Japanese Calendar, the anniversary of the night on which the faithful hold that the Goddess Orihime and the God Hikoboshi first met, and can now meet only once a year across the Milky Way Galaxy, a river of stars which otherwise separates them in the night sky. Japan is located in the Pacific Ocean 400 miles southeast of the continent of Asia and is comprised of over 3,000 islands with a total land area of 146,000 square miles. Its capital city is Tokyo, which is translated from Japanese into English as “Eastern Capital.”
Independence Day in Pakistan is celebrated on the anniversary of the nation’s 1947 declaration of independence from the United Kingdom after 98 years of colonial rule. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is located in southwest Asia with a 350 mile southern coastline along the Arabian Sea. Its capital city is Islamabad, which is translated from Arabic into English as “Abode of Islam.”
National Flag Day in Paraguay is celebrated on the anniversary of the 1842 adoption of the nation’s flag, a tricolor of equal-sized horizontal red, white and blue on which was later added on the obverse (front) the nation’s coat of arms, and on the reverse (back), the seal of the nation’s treasury. The Republic of Paraguay is a landlocked nation in South America whose name is derived from the Guarani words “Para” (“Great River”) and “guay” (“from a river”) for the Paraguay River. The nation’s capital city is Asunción, which is translated from Portuguese into English as “Assumption” for the Roman Catholic Feast of the Assumption.
VJ is shorthand for “Victory in Japan” and VJ Day in the USA is celebrated on the anniversary of the 1945 Japanese surrender to Allied forces led by the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Soviet Union, which ended World War II. The United States of America is comprised of a mainland of forty-eight contiguous states located on the continent of North America with an exclave state, Alaska, which is situated at the northwestern-most tip of the continent, bordered to the east by Canada, and a fiftieth state, Hawaii, which is comprised of hundreds of islands in the central Pacific Ocean 2,000 miles southwest of the mainland. Its capital city is Washington, DC, as named for the nation’s first president, George Washington. With a total land area of 3,794,101 square miles, the US is the third- or fourth-largest country in the world (after Russia and Canada) as is the People’s Republic of China, depending upon the inclusion or exclusion of disputed territories.