The Whole World Calendar Book of Holidays Around the World 2015
is the only book in the whole wide world that tells you all about the hundreds of National, Religious and Cultural Holidays
being celebrated around the world throughout the year as well as the Nations, Religions and Peoples who celebrate them
- all in as succinct and fun and interesting a way as there is to learn something new - every day!
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New Year Day is the first day of the Gregorian Calendar, the worldwide standard calendar originally developed in 570 by Aloysius Lilius, dated as based upon the year 1 being that of the birth of Jesus, and decreed for use in Roman Catholic countries in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII, for whom it was then named. Eventually, the Gregorian Calendar replaced the Julian Calendar which had been utilized since 45 BCE (Gregorian) as based upon the year 1 being that of the founding of Rome (752 BCE Gregorian) and as named for Roman Emperor Julius Caesar.
Global Family Day was first celebrated in 2000 by Israeli and Palestinian families on the West Bank of the Jordan River in the Middle East as “One Day of Peace and Sharing.” In 2001, the United Nations invited all member nations to celebrate Global Family Day as “one day of peace and sharing for all faiths, cultures, races, nationalities and economic classes.”
Flag Day in Lithuania is celebrated on the anniversary of the 1919 raising of the nation’s flag on the Gediminas Tower built in the nation’s capital city of Vilnius in 1409 by Duke Vytautas the Great on the site of a defensive structure originally built by Gediminas, Grand Duke of the medieval Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The Republic of Lithuania is located in northern Europe with a 50 mile western coastline along the Baltic Sea. Its capital city of Vilnius is named for the Vilnia River.
Foundation Day in the Republic of China is celebrated on the anniversary of the 1912 election of Sun Yat-sen as the nation’s first president upon the abdication of the last emperor of China, which marked the end of the 2,000 year-old monarchy. The Republic of China is located in the Pacific Ocean off the southeastern coast of Asia, is often referred to as Taiwan (as it is comprised of the Taiwan islands), and its capital city is Taipei, which is translated from Mandarin into English as “Northern Taiwan.” The Republic of China should not be confused with the People’s Republic of China, a much larger country located on the Asian mainland.
Independence Day in Brunei is celebrated on the anniversary of the nation’s 1984 achievement of independence from Great Britain after 96 years of colonial rule. The State of Brunei, Abode of Peace is located in the Pacific Ocean on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo and its capital city is Bandar Seri Begawan, as named for his father by Muhammad Shah, who founded the nation in 1363.
Independence Day in Cameroon is celebrated on the anniversary of the nation’s 1960 achievement of independence from France and the United Kingdom after 300 years of colonial rule. The Republic of Cameroon is located on the western coast of Central Africa with a 500 mile coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital city of Yaoundé is named for the tribe which has inhabited the area for hundreds of years.
Independence Day in Haiti is celebrated on the anniversary of the nation’s 1804 achievement of independence from France at the successful conclusion of the 1791-1804 Haitian Revolution after over 300 years of colonial rule. The Republic of Haiti is located on the western third of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, on which it is bordered to the east by the Dominican Republic, and its capital city is Port-au-Prince, which is translated from French into English as “Port with the Prince” — an 18th century French ship.
Independence Day in Slovakia is celebrated on the anniversary of the nation’s 1993 achievement of independence upon the disunion of Czechoslovakia, in which it had been united with the Czech Republic since 1918. The Slovak Republic is a landlocked nation in central Europe whose capital city of Bratislava is named for 9th century Prince Braslav of Pannonia.
Independence Day in Sudan is celebrated on the anniversary of the nation’s 1956 achievement of independence from Egypt and the United Kingdom after 200 years of colonial rule. The Republic of the Sudan is located in East Africa with a 350 mile northeastern coastline along the Red Sea. Its capital city is Khartoum, which is translated from Swahili into English as “The End of the Elephant’s Trunk” in reference to a strip of land between two channels of the Nile River. The country is sometimes referred to as North Sudan in order to distinguish it from the Republic of South Sudan, which is located to its south.
Liberation Day in Cuba is marked on the anniversary of the defeat of the nation’s armed forces by the revolutionary forces of Fidel Castro, who ruled the nation as a single-party state until his 2011 retirement in favor of his brother, Raul. The Republic of Cuba is an island nation located at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico and is comprised of the island of Cuba and other islands nearby. Its capital city is Havana, for 19th century Chief Habaguanex.
Restoration Day in the Czech Republic is celebrated on the anniversary of the nation’s 1993 achievement of independence upon the disunion of Czechoslovakia, in which it had been united with the Slovak Republic since 1918. The Czech Republic is a landlocked nation in central Europe whose capital city is Prague, which is translated from Old Slavic into English as “Ford” for its location at a crossing point of the Vltava River.
“Mawlid an Nabi” is translated from Arabic into English as “The Birth of the Prophet” and is a day on which Muslims celebrate the birth of Mohammed, the founder of Islam, a monotheistic religion centered on the teachings of the Arab religious, political and military leader born about 570 whom the faithful hold to have been the last and greatest of a series of messengers (or prophets) from Allah (God) who included Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and others, to whom God revealed the Koran (the Islamic holy text). Mohammed’s military victories culminated in his reign over most of the Arabian Peninsula by the time of his death around 630. “Islam” is translated from Arabic into English as “Submission” and refers to a total surrender of oneself to God. The Islamic Calendar being a lunar calendar, the holiday begins at sundown and extends through sundown of the following solar day and moves from year to year as dated by the Gregorian Calendar.
Ancestry Day in Haiti is a day on which Haitians honor their ancestors by visiting their graves to beautify them and to hold religious services, often leaving food for the enjoyment of their spirits. For information regarding Haiti, see January 1st, “Independence Day in Haiti.”