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Beginning after 1965, Inauguration Day, on January 20 of each fourth year, is a legal holiday for Federal U.S. employees and individuals employed by the government of the District of Columbia employed in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince Georges counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia, and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in Virginia.
Butler Jeeves of the Internet site Ask Jeeves.com made its debut as a large helium balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in 2000. Jeeves was the first Internet character balloon in the famous New York parade.
By the eighteenth century, the hot cross bun was traditional Good Friday eating throughout England. Until recently, it was available there only on Good Friday, but in America, the buns were sold throughout the Lenten season. The imprint of the cross on rolls and breads dates from pre-Christian cultures, when such imprinted breads were offered as sacrifices to different gods. Many cooks today make the cross with frosting instead of cutting it into the buns before baking.
Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley commemorated St. Patrick's Day in 1965 by pouring 100 pounds of emerald green dye into the Chicago River.
Christmas Day in the Ukraine can be celebrated on either December 25, in faithful alliance with the Roman Catholic Gregorian calendar, or on January 7, which is the Orthodox or Eastern Rite (Julian calendar), the church holy day.
December 8 is a significant date for Roman Catholics. As a holy day of obligation, the Catholic is required by the first Precept of the Church to attend Mass. The days of obligation are set forth in the Vatican's Catechism in paragraph 2177.
Decorating and coloring eggs for Easter was the custom in England during the Middle Ages. In 1290, the household accounts of Edward I recorded an expenditure of eighteen pence for 450 eggs to be gold-leafed and colored for Easter gifts.
During Louis XIV's reign, the king was entitled to the largest egg laid during the week preceding Easter Sunday. On Easter, colored eggs painted with gold leaf were blessed. The king would then distribute the eggs to his courtesans and attendants.
During the 1966 telecast of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Ronald McDonald, the fast-food chain's new mascot, made his first-ever national television appearance. A hot air balloon of Ronald appeared in the 1987 parade.
During the late 1800s, postage rates around the world dropped, and the obscene St. Valentine's Day card became popular, despite the Victorian era being otherwise very prudish. As the numbers of racy valentines grew, several countries banned the practice of exchanging Valentine's Days cards. During this period, Chicago's post office rejected more than 25,000 cards on the grounds that they were so indecent, they were not fit to be carried through the U.S. mail.
During the Middle Ages, the belief that birds chose their mates on St. Valentine's Day led to the idea that boys and girls would do the same. Up through the early 1900s, the Ozark hill people in the eastern United States thought that birds and rabbits started mating on February 14, a day for them which was not only Valentine's Day but Groundhog Day as well.
Dutch children set out shoes (instead of stockings) to receive gifts any time between mid-November and December 5, the birthday of St. Nicholas.
Easter is a convergence of three traditions: Pagan, Hebrew, and Christian.
Eighty-seven percent of American children between the ages of 3 and 10 believe in Santa Claus.
Falling in Love Day was born on August 25, 1940, when Ann Hayward and Arno Rudolphi were married at the top of the parachute-drop ride. After they kissed, the couple parachuted to the ground.
Following World War I, November 11 was set aside as Armistice Day in the United States, to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during the bloody war to ensure a lasting peace. On Armistice Day, soldiers who survived World War I marched in a parade through their home towns. Congress voted Armistice Day a legal holiday in 1938, 20 years after the war ended. World War II began the following year, and Armistice Day continued to be observed on November 11. In 1953, townspeople in Emporia, Kansas called the holiday "Veterans' Day" in gratitude to the veterans in their town. Soon after, Congress passed a bill introduced by a Kansas congressman renaming the national holiday to Veterans' Day.
For a majority of Americans, Thanksgiving Day must include the following elements to be a perfect Thanksgiving: eating roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie until you're ready to pop; and watching football games and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV (or see it live if you're in New York City). Launched in 1926, retailer Macy's annual parade was immortalized in the film Miracle on 34th Street, and has become a symbol of the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season.
Freedom Day, celebrated on September 3, is in honor of Frederick Douglass, the runaway American slave.
From sunset on Friday until sunset on Saturday, shops in Israel are closed for the Sabbath.
George Washington is the only man whose birthday is a legal holiday in every state of the United States.
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