In the Orthodox Christian Church, Great Lent and Holy Week are two separate things. Officially, Great Lent ends on the Friday before Palm Sunday, and Holy Week begins the day after that. Each day during Holy Week has a special meaning, and understanding what each day represents can help making attending all those church services a lot more meaningful!
It’s also customary to fast throughout Holy Week. For many, they adhere the same general fasting plan they had during Great Lent. Others make their Holy Week fast a little bit more strict. Talk with your priest so that you can come up with a fasting schedule that best meets your own spiritual needs.
P. Panama Martyrs Day
Martyrs' Day is a Panamanian day of national mourning which commemorates the January 9, 1964 anti-American riots over sovereignty of the Panama Canal Zone. The riot started after a Panamanian flag was torn and students were killed during a conflict with Canal Zone Police officers and Canal Zone residents. It is also known as the Flag Incidents or Flag Protests.
Q. Queen's Official Birthday
The Queen has two birthdays because April, the real month of her birth, is too cold for parades such as Trooping the Colour. Holding the parade in summer comes with its own problems, as often blisteringly hot weather sees Palace Guards faint under bearskin hats.
The tradition of having two birthdays dates back as far as George II in 1748, who was famously fond of a party. November was too cold for him to celebrate his birthday, so he tied his annual revelry to coincide with the annual Trooping the Colour parade.
R. Roald Day
A former RAF fighter pilot, intelligence officer, and diplomat, Roald Dahl is best known as one of the world’s best-loved storytellers. In books like “Matilda”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, and “James and the Giant Peach”, Dahl brought readers into his wildly original imagination with richly detailed worlds, zany characters, and touching storylines. His children’s books feature villainous adults, heroic child protagonists, and fanciful worlds, and have been adapted into dozens of plays and films.
Though best known for his children’s fantasy novels, Dahl also wrote adult fiction, short stories, and screenplays for hit films like “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”
S. Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving
Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving is celebrated on September 24 every year. Just like the regular Thanksgiving, this is also a day to express gratitude. Today, there are about 3,000 people who are members of Schwenkfelder churches. They continue to celebrate Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving in the Pennsylvania Dutch counties where they live. The celebrations are marked by a service held at one of the Schwenkfelder churches, on the Sunday closest to September 24. It is followed by a religious and historical address, which is followed by a meal. The meal is typical of the same foods that were eaten at the first Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving. The Pennsylvania legislature recognizes Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving.
T. Tour de France
United Nations Day, on 24 October, marks the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the UN Charter entered into force. UN Day, celebrated every year, offers the opportunity to amplify our common agenda and reaffirm the purposes and principles of the UN Charter that have guided us for the past 76 years. Usually held in the General Assembly Hall of the Organization, at Headquarters in New York, a concert is held to mark UN Day.
Vaisakhi, also pronounced Baisakhi, marks the first day of the month of Vaisakhi and is traditionally celebrated annually on 13 April and sometimes 14 April[ as a celebration of spring harvest primarily in Northern India. Further, other Indian cultures and diaspora celebrate this festival too. Whilst it is culturally significant as a festival of harvest, some also consider Vaisakhi to be the legitimate date for the Indian Solar New Year. However, this is not a universally accepted belief as Hindus do not have a common New Year's Day, with some individuals considering the previous month of Chet as the New Year.
W. War Orphans Day
World Day of War Orphans is commemorated on January 6 each year, with the aim to shine the spotlight on the wide array of physical, mental, emotional and social challenges faced by minors who have been orphaned due to conflicts. The day also aims to raise awareness of the need to protect the human rights of such children and to mobilise will and efforts to secure a better tomorrow for them.
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Y. Yukon Quest Day
The Yukon Quest 1,000-mile International Sled Dog Race, or simply Yukon Quest, is a sled dog race run every February between Fairbanks, Alaska, and Whitehorse, Yukon. Yukon Quest Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of February and this year it will be marked on February 4. It is time to go on an adventure with Siberian Huskies! Dogs have been working with humans in inland Alaska for over 10,000 years.
Z. Zero Descrimination Day
Zero Discrimination Day is an annual day celebrated on 1 March each year by the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations. The day aims to promote equality before the law and in practice throughout all of the member countries of the UN. The day was first celebrated on March 1, 2014.
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