||St. Patrick's Day||March 17, 2014|| |
|Kidnapped from his homeland and sold into slavery in Ireland, the man who would become known as St. Patrick spent his early adult years trying to escape from Ireland. Finally, that opportunity came. Patrick made his way back to the land of his birth and entered a monestary. Yet he could not remain. Burdened for the people who once enslaved him, Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary. Before his death, he planted more than 2,000 churches across the country.|
|Spring Celebrations||March 20, 2014|
|The season of spring begins with the Vernal Equinox on March 20th or 21st in the Northern Hemisphere. The months of March, April, and May are generally considered the months of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere, although the season technically runs from late March through late June.
Spring is marked by warmer days, melting snow, falling rain, greening landscape, budding trees, blooming flowers, buzzing insects, and the births of baby animals.
|April Fools' Day|
April 1, 2014
|Also known as All Fools' Day, April Fools' Day is observed throughout much of the world on April first of each year. The origins of April Fools' Day are unclear; however, April 1st has come to be observed as a day of practical jokes and light-hearted tomfoolery.|
|Easter||April 20, 2014|
|Celebrated each spring,
Easter Sunday is a time when Christians celebrate the
resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Easter is considered the oldest and holiest of Christian holidays.
Easter is also a time when many celebrate the coming of spring and the new life each spring brings. Children hunt for brightly-colored eggs, await the coming of the Easter Bunny, and enjoy Easter baskets filled with chocolate, candy, and other goodies.
|Earth Day||April 22, 2014|
|Celebrated throughout the world on April 22 each year, Earth Day reminds people to care for and protect the world in which we live.|
|Arbor Day||April 25, 2014|
|Arbor Day is a day set aside to plant trees and educate people about the importance of trees. Arbor Day began in Nebraska in 1874, the brainchild of J. Sterling Morton.
Today, the United States observes National Arbor Day on the fourth Friday of April. All fifty U.S. states celebrate Arbor Day, although dates vary from state to state according to local planting season. At least 25 other countries also have holidays and/or observances similar to Arbor Day.
|Cinco de Mayo||May 5, 2014|
|Observed the fifth day of May, Cinco de Mayo marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.|
|Mother's Day||May 11, 2014|
|The custom of setting aside a day to honor mothers can be traced all the way back to the days of Ancient Greece.In England, "Mothering Day" gave servants a day to go home and spend with their families. Yet it was not until 1872 that Julia Ward Howe called for the first U.S. Mother's Day celebration in Boston.In 1907, Anna Jarvis launched a campaign for a national Mother's Day. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the official announcement, declaring Mother's Day the second Sunday of May.|
|Memorial Day||May 26, 2014|
|Memorial Day (also known as Decoration Day) is a U.S. federal holiday observed the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor the memories of the countless men and women who have given their lives in service to their country. Memorial Day weekend is considered the unofficial start of the summer vacation season.|
|Flag Day||June 14, 2014|
|Flag Day, observed on June 14 each year, commemorates the Second Continental Congress's adoption of the flag of the United States. Though widely regarded as a summer holiday, Flag Day actually falls one week before the official start of summer.|
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