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Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15th – October 15th

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15th through October 15th. During this period “America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. September 15th was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.” (Source: U.S. Newswire)

Rosh Hashanah is coming

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins today at sunset. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a “sweet new year”. Unlike the secular New Year’s Day celebration on January 1st, Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. This year Rosh Hashanah is celebrated from September 13th through September 15th.

Learn more about Rosh Hashanah and find ideas for observing this holiday on our page of links.

Labor Day

Labor Day is a federal holiday, observed on the first Monday in September. It celebrates the role of the American worker. For many people, this three-day weekend also marks the end of the summer season, even though summer doesn’t officially end until a few weeks later. This year Labor Day falls on September 6th.

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Beatrix Potter, born July 28th

Popular children’s author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, was born in London on July 28, 1866. Potter’s first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was published in 1902. Peter’s adventures were followed by a series of popular animal tales, including the Tale of Benjamin Bunny, the Tale of Pigling Bland, and the Tale of Tom Kitten. Potter illustrated all of her own works, though she had no formal artistic training. In addition to her literary career, Beatrix Potter was also a farmer and land conservationist. Potter died on December 22, 1943.

Learn more about Beatrix Potter on our page of links.

Celebrate July 4th

The Fourth of July is celebrated as Independence Day, in honor of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. It is considered to be the birthday of the United States of America, and is celebrated with parades, fireworks, speeches, patriotic music and the American flag. Find ideas for celebrating Independence Day on our page of links.

Ramadan begins June 18th

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, the time of year when it is believed that the Holy Quran was received by the Prophet Muhammad. The month is marked by fasting during the daylight hours, and prayer and studying of the Quran. When the fast ends on the first day of the month of Shawwal, it is celebrated for three days in a joyous holiday called Id-al-Fitr, the Feast of Fast Breaking.  Find out more about this important observance on our page of links.