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Bunker Hill Day is June 17th

The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775 in Charlestown, Mass. The Continental Army lost the battle, but inflicted heavy casualties upon their British foes. Despite its name, the battle actually was fought primarily on neighboring Breed’s Hill, where the Bunker Hill Monument, built in 1843, now stands.

Learn more about this famous Revolutionary War battle and its observance on our page of links.

Mother’s Day is Around the Corner

Mother’s Day was conceived in 1908 by Anna Jarvis of West Virginia. Ms. Jarvis believed that a special day should be set aside to honor mothers for sacrifices made on behalf of their children. She dedicated herself to this cause and was rewarded when Mother’s Day became an official holiday in 1914. The occasion quickly became commercialized, generating huge profits for greeting card companies and florists. This development so offended Anna Jarvis that she eventually renounced the holiday that she had created.

In the United States, Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May. This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 10th.

Learn more about Mother’s Day and find ideas for honoring your mother on our page of links.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo means “Fifth of May” in Spanish, and is a celebration of the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862. The Mexican army, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, won the battle even though the French force was three times as large and better equipped. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico, and has become a popular heritage celebration in the United States.

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Arbor Day is April 24th

Arbor Day is a state holiday celebrated each year on last Friday in April. It is customary to observe the day by planting a tree. It is estimated that one million trees were planted in the United States on the first Arbor Day April 10, 1872. This year Arbor Day falls on April 24th.

Find tips for planting a tree and ideas for celebrating Arbor Day on our page of links.

April Fool’s Day

The first of April is known as April Fool’s Day, a traditional day for practical jokes of all kinds. Some have noted connections between April Fool’s Day and the Roman celebration of Hilaria on March 25, and the Hindu holiday of Holi, ending March 31. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1894, refers to “the mockery trial of our Redeemer” as a popular explanation.

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Easter is April 5th

Easter is a moveable feast, a holiday which does not fall on the same date every year, but varies according to astronomical occurrences and is based on the Jewish liturgical calendar. Easter is celebrated on different dates by Western and Eastern Orthodox churches, because the Eastern Orthodox churches calculate the date based on the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar. In 2015, Western churches will celebrate Easter Sunday on April 5, 2015. Eastern Orthodox churches will celebrate Easter on April 12, 2015.

Happy Easter to all!

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