Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tidbits of July holidays

I thought this was so cute and  had to share it here. Got it from an email forward at work.

A National Day is the date on which a nation of non-sovereign country celebrates their nationhood. July has the most days (17) designated as a National Day with August (16) a very close second.

July 1 – 30th National Days – Canada, United States, Venezuela, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Argentina, Mongolia, Kiribati, France, Iraq, Colombia, Belgium, Arab Republic of Egypt, Maldives, Peru, Morocco, Vanuatu.

July 1st is Canada Day (Dominion Day) - Canada Day is a celebration of Canadian nationalism, heritage and pride. Canada became self-governing of July 1st, 1867, with the passage of the British North America Act in the British Parliament. The holiday was originally known as “Dominion Day”. It was changed to Canada Day by the Canadian Parliament of October 27th 1982.

July 4th is the United States of America Independence Day, and the birthday of our nation. On this day, we celebrate and enjoy the freedom that comes with the event that made this day so special. Thomas Jefferson is the author of the Declaration of Independence. He led a committee that crafted the declaration between June 11 – 28, 1776. Jefferson and other discontented representatives from the thirteen colonies voted and approved it on July 4th, 1776. The document declared freedom for the 13 colonies from British rule. The Declaration of independence was not signed by all representatives until August, 1776. To make it official, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress signed it. Now, can anyone guess where the saying “put your John Hancock on it” came from!?!

Did you know… The U.S. and Canada share the largest un-defended border in the world?

July 26th the Americans with Disabilities Act Signed in the US. This day celebrates the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which provides for reasonable accommodation in work situations and standards for physical accessibility to buildings and public transportation. The act was amended in 2008 in favor of broad coverage of individuals.

July 30th is the United Nation (UN) International Day of Friendship. During the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly of the United Nation, 30 July was unanimous designated as International Day of Friendship, following a petition of several countries in the context of the UN Culture of Peace Agenda. The target of this day is to promote the international understanding, the respect for diversity and a culture of peace, between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals.

Some fun stuff you may not have known about July:

There are 20 days dedicated to food, also a Parents Day, Father-in-Law Day, Cousins Day, Mutt’s day and Cow Appreciation Day. Every day in the month is designated as a “DAY” except for the 16th.

The Month of July is National Blueberry month, Anti-Boredom month, Cell Phone Courtesy month, Hot Dog month and last but not least National Ice Cream Month!

1 comment:

Nkauj Hmoob Chubby said...

Oh my... I'm kind of sad to know that the 16th isn't. Well, I guess I should be happy because it will be super special all dedicated to me because I will be turning 21 on the 16th! Lol.