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The Dominican Republic Remembers Juan Pablo Duarte

Juan Pablo Duarte Day is a public holiday in the Dominican Republic.

Juan Pablo Duarte Day: January 23

Juan Pablo Duarte Day is a public holiday in the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic (previously known as the Spanish colony of Santo Domingo) has had a tumultuous history over the years, sharing an island with the people of Haiti. After the Haitians took control of the colony in 1822, various pro-independence groups rose to fight against the Haitians.

One of the most notable was Juan Pablo Duarte, who is celebrated as one of the primary founders of the Dominican Republic. Duarte’s birthday and his work towards independence is honored every year on the closest Monday to the actual date of his January 26 birthday. In 2010, celebrations will fall on Monday, January 25.

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Errol Barrow Day Celebrated in Barbados

Errol Barrow Day is a national holiday in Barbados.

Errol Barrow Day: January 21

Errol Barrow Day is a national holiday in Barbados.

Social activist and leader Errol Barrow had a huge impact on the country of Barbados and its people. From 1950 until his death on June 1, 1987, Barrow fought for a better Barbados. In memory of the man and his achievements, Barbados celebrates Errol Barrow Day every January 21 as a national holiday.

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Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is November 27.

USA Thanksgiving Day: November 27

Thanksgiving is celebrated in the USA and its territories. Regarded as a harvest festival, Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a time for giving thanks to the harvest. At the same time, it is the time to express your gratitude. This is a holiday, which gets celebrated mainly in US and Canada. Even though Thanksgiving is religious in origin, it is identified as a secular holiday in the modern world. The location and date of the very first Thanksgiving celebration has been a topic of contention. The earliest attested celebration took place in 1565 at St. Augustine, Florida. However, the traditional one occurred in 1621 at Plymouth Plantation. Read the rest of this entry »

Cambodia remembers Birthday Anniversary of King Sihanouk

Birth of King Sihanouk is a National Holiday in Cambodia

Birth of King Sihanouk: October 31-November 2

Birth of King Sihanouk is a Public Holiday in Cambodia.

The birth of King Norodom Sihanouk took place on Oct. 31st 1922 in Cambodia at the capital of Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihanouk was a direct descendant of the 19th century King Norodom. King Sihanouk was ruler of Cambodia on two separate occasions, 1941-1955 and again from1993-2004. As a nationalist leader, King Sihanouk secured Cambodia’s independence from French colonial rule and protected his beloved country from the most powerful rivalries.

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Halloween

Halloween Day

Halloween Date: October 31

Halloween Day is celebrated as a festival worldwide.

A festival that is closely related to All Saints day or sometimes even considered the same in some parts of the world is Halloween. The festival itself evokes a great sense of joy among the younger generation of people. The festival comes about as a practice followed among the Christian population and had its genesis in Samhain, a Celtic festival.

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