Holidays
1945 Victory Day
Abolition of Slavery
Africa Day
African Liberation Day
Agostinho Netos Day and National Heroes Day
All Saints or Hallows Day
All Souls Day
Ancestors Day
Anniversary of Liberation
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Armed Forces Day
Armenian Christmas Day
Armistice Day
Army & Navy Day
Army Day
Ascension of Jesus
Ash or Clean Monday (Green or Pure Monday)
Ash Wednesday
Ashura
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Awal Muharram (Islamic New Year)
Bak Full Moon Poya Day
Bangla New Year Day or Pohela Boishakh
Bastille Day
Binara Full Moon Poya Day
Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
Boqueron Battle Victory Day
Boxing Day
Buddha Birthday (Vesak)
Buddha Jayanti (Wesak)
Cambodian New Year
Canada Day
Carnival or Mardi Gras
Chaco Armistice
Childrens Day
Childrens Day (kodomo no hi)
Chinese New Year
Chinese Spring Festival
Ching Ming Festival
Christmas Day
Christmas Eve
Chung Yeung Festival
Columbus Day
Commonwealth Day
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Coptic (orthodox) Christmas
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Corpus Christi
Day of Goodwill
Day of Liberation from the French
Day of National Reconciliation
Day of National Unity
Day of Peace and Reconciliation
Day of Proclamation of the Republic
Day of Reconciliation
Day of Restitution of Independence of Lithuania (from the Soviet Union, 1990)
Day of Revolution
Day of the Armed Struggle
Day of the dead
Day of the Martyrs
Day of the Republic
Day of Victory over Fascism
Democracy Day
Diwali or Deepavali (Festival of Light)
Double Ninth Festival (Chung Yeung Festival)
Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu or Duen Ng Festival)
Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day
Dutch National Day
Easter
Easter Monday or Dyngus Day
Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Eid ul-Fitr or Id-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Emancipation Day
Epiphany
Esala Full Moon Poya Day
Family Day
Farmers Day
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
First Day of Summer
Flag and University Day
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Freedom and Democracy Day
Freedom Day
Full Moon of Kason
Full Moon of Tabaung
Full Moon of Thadingyut (End of Buddhist Lent)
Full Moon of Waso (Beginning of Buddhist Lent)
Gandhi Jayanti (Mahatma Gandhi birthday)
Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi
General Prayer Day (Store Bededag)
German Unity Day
Gibraltar National Day
Good Friday (Holy or Great Friday)
Gospel Day
Greek Cypriot National Day
Greek National Day
Hari Raya Aidiladha (Hari Raya Haji)
Hari Raya Haji
Hari Raya Puasa
Heroes Day
Holy Saturday
Human Rights Day
Il Full Moon Poya Day
Immaculate Conception
India Independence Day
International Womens Day
Islamic New Year
Kayin (Karen) New Year
Kazakhstan Peoples Unity Day
Krishna Janmashtami
Kurban Ait (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Labor Thanksgiving Day
Lailat al-Miraj or Isra and Miraj (Ascension of the Prophet)
Liberation Day
Liberation Day or FSLN Revolution Day
Maha Shivratri or Maha Sivaratri (Great Night of Lord Shiva)
Martyr Day
Martyrs Day
Maundy or Holy Thursday
May Day or Workers Day
Medin Full Moon Poya Day
Memorial Day
Memorial Day(Day of Memory for Truth and Justice)
Mid Autumn or Moon Festival (Lantern or Mooncake Festival)
Midsummer Day
Midsummer Eve
Moldovan Christmas
Monaco National Day
Mothers and Childrens Day
Mothers Day
Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet)
Myanmar New Year
Nane Nane (Farmers Day)
National Childrens Day
National Day
National Day of Sweden
National Day of the Peoples Republic of China
National Flag & Anthem Day
National Flag Day
National Heroes Day
National Unification Day
National Unity Day
National Womens Day
National Youth Day
Nauryz Meyrami (Traditional Spring Holiday)
Navabarsha (Nepalese New Year Day)
Navam Full Moon Poya Day
Nawroz Bayram (Iranian or Persian New Year)
New Year Day
New Year Eve
Nikini Full Moon Poya Day
Norouz (Iranian or Persian New Year)
Nowruz (Iranian or Persian New Year)
Nuclear Victim Remembrance Day
October Holiday or Halloween
October Liberation War
October Revolution Day
Orozo Ait (end of Ramadan)
Orthodox Armenian Christmas
Orthodox Christmas
Orthodox Easter
Orthodox Easter Monday (Bright or Renewal Monday)
Orthodox Epiphany
Orthodox Good Friday
Orthodox Great Saturday
Orthodox New Year
Orthodox Pentecost
Orthodox Whit Monday
Orthodox Whit Sunday
Palm Sunday (Yew or Branch Sunday)
Patriots Victory Day
Pchum Ben or Ancestors Day
Peace Day, or Ceasefire Day, end of the Civil War
Peace Memorial Day (228 Incidenter Messacre)
Peniamina Gospel Day
Pentecost or Whit Sunday
Pi Mai (Laos New Year)
Poson Full Moon Poya Day
President Tubmans Birthday
Presidents Day
Proclamation of the Republic
Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia
Queens Birthday
Queens Official Birthday
Rarotonga Gospel Day
Rashtriya Prajatantra Divas (National Democracy Day)
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Remembrance Day for Martyrs & Disabled
Republic Day
Resistance and Liberation Day
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Restoration of Independence Day
Revolution Day
Revolution Day - Peoples Uprising
Revolution of the King and the People
Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year
Saints Cyril and Methodius Day
San Marino Day and Foundation of the Republic
Saudi National Day
Seollal (Korean New Year)
Separation Day (from Colombia)
Sham el Nessim (Coptic orthodox Easter monday)
Simon Bolivar Day
Sinai Liberation Day
Sinhala and Tamil New Year Day
Songkran (Thai New Year)
South Korea Memorial Day
Spiritual Baptist Liberation Shouter Day
Spitak Remembrance Day
Spring Bank Holiday (Victoria Day)
Spring Holiday or June Holiday
Spring Holiday or May Holiday
St. Georges Day
St. Johns Day
St. Joseph (Feast of St. Joseph)
St. Patrick Day
St. Stephens Day
St. Wenceslas Day (Czech Statehood Day)
Start of the Armed Struggle
Statehood Day
Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
Summer Bank Holiday
Summer Day
Summer Holiday or August Holiday
Swiss National Day
Tazaungmon Full Moon Day
Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnamese New Year)
Thaipusam or Thaipoosam Kavadi
Thanksgiving Day
Three Kings Day
Tomb Sweeping Day or Qingming Festival
Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day
Unification Day
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United Nations Day
Unity Day
Unity of Peoples of Russia and Belarus Day
US Independence Day
Vap Full Moon Poya Day
Veterans Day
Victoria Day
Victory and Commemoration Day
Victory and Peace Day
Victory Day
Victory from Genocide Day
Victory of Adowa
Victory of Islamic Revolution
Victory of the Muslim Nation
Vijayadashami
Virgin of Caacupe
Visaka Bochea
Visakah Puja (Buddha Purnima)
Visakha Bucha
Waisak
Washingtons Birthday
Water Festival
Water Festival (Maha Thingyan)
Wesak Full Moon Poya Day
Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday
Womens Day
Workers or Labour Day
Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement
Youth and Sports Day
Youth Day
Zanzibar Revolution Day

Christmas

ChristmasChristmas is a Christian holy day that marks the birth of Jesus, the son of God. It is an annual holiday. The word Christmas originated as a contraction of "Christ's mass". It is celebrated in many different ways around the world.

In some Christian denominations, children re-enact the events of the Nativity with animals to portray the event with more realism or sing carols that reference the event. Some Christians also display a small re-creation of the Nativity, known as a Nativity scene or creche, in their homes, using figurines to portray the key characters of the event.

Orthodox christian Churches, Coptic Churches still uses the Julian Calendar which celebrate on the Julian version of 25 December, which is January 7, because the two calendars are now 13 days apart. It is called as Orthodox Christmas. Egypt and Sudan Christians call Coptic Christmas. Christians celebrate grandly in Coptic Orthodox Church.

Jesus was born to Virgin Mary, assisted by her husband Joseph, in the city of Bethlehem. It was not an ordinary birth, an angel Gabriel told Virgin Mary that she would conceive and bear a special child called Jesus christ. She was already the betrothed wife of Joseph of the House of David and awaiting their imminent formal home-taking ceremony of their wedding. At the time that Mary to give birth, she and her husband Joseph went to Bethlehem, to register in a census. As they found no place to stay, Mary gave birth to christ in the stable, and placed the new born in a manger.

Since 400 AD, Christians have celebrated the birth of Jesus. 'Christ' means 'Messiah' or 'Anointed One', the title given to Jesus and 'Mass' was a religious festival. The real story was found in the Christian Bible.

An important part of today's Christmas is the myth of Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, is a historical, legendary, and mythical figure who gives gifts to childrens. Santa Claus is generally depicted as a plump, jolly, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots. Traditionally, Santa Claus visits houses at midnight on Christmas Eve, coming down the chimney to leave gifts. Childrens believe that the Santa Claus is true.

A Christmas tree, Yule tree or Tannenbaum decorations are the most popular traditions at the celebration. It is normally an evergreen coniferous tree that is brought into a home or used in the outside the house. The tree is decorated with lights, colorful ornaments and gifts are placed during the days around the holiday.

Coloured lights and ornaments decorations are made in town centres, streets and shops. By mid-December, most homes will also be decorated with trees, coloured electric lights, house walls and paper or plastic decorations around the rooms.

From pre-Christian times, people in the Roman Empire brought branches from evergreen plants indoors in the winter. Decorating with greenery was also part of Jewish tradition : "Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days."

Completely secular Christmas seasonal songs emerged in the late 18th century. "Deck The Halls" dates from 1784, and the American, "Jingle Bells" was copyrighted in 1857.

Nowadays, it has become a non-religious holiday. Christians incorporated such customs in their developing practices. It was the custom at Christmas for every house and all the parish churches to be "decked with holm, ivy, bays, and whatsoever the season of the year afforded to be green". The heart-shaped leaves of ivy were said to symbolize the coming to earth of Jesus, while holly was seen as protection against pagans and witches, its thorns and red berries held to represent the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus.

In the 19th and 20th century, African American spirituals and songs about Christmas, based in their tradition of spirituals, became more widely known. An increasing number of seasonal holidays songs were commercially produced in the 20th century, including jazz and blues variations.

On Christmas Day, a special meal of Christmas dishes is usually served, for which there are traditional menus in each country. In the United Kingdom, the traditional meal consists of roast turkey or goose, served with roast potatoes and other vegetables, followed by Christmas pudding, a heavy boiled pudding made with dried fruit (traditionally plums) and flour.

However, this day, whether or not the birth date of Jesus is on December 25th is not considered to be an important issue in mainstream Christian denominations. Celebrating the coming of God into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity is considered to be the primary meaning of Christmas.

The themes include the promotion of goodwill and peace.


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