All About August

In the original 10 month Roman calendar, August was the sixth month with 30 days and was originally named Sextilis. In 8 BC, the Roman Senate rewarded Octavian Augustus a month in his honor.  The founder and first emperor of the Roman Empire, Octavian Augustus selected Sextilis, which under the Julian calendar was the eighth month …
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CROSSWORD PUZZLE DAY – December 21

Crossword Puzzle Day on December 21st commemorates the birth of a challenging word game enjoyed by millions around the world.   The first crossword puzzles were published in England in children’s books and other publications. They were simple word games derived from the word squares where letters were arranged in a square so that the words …
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HANUKKAH

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah (Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה, usually spelled חנוכה pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew, also romanized as Chanukah or Chanuka), is observed for eight …
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KWANZAA

Kwanzaa is a celebration that honors African heritage in African-American culture. Every year from December 26 – January 1, Kwanzaa brings people together for feasts, gift-giving, and the celebration of family, community and culture. The name Kwanzaa comes from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. On each of the seven …
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NATIONAL LEIF ERIKSON DAY – October 9

National Leif Erickson Day is observed annually on October 9th. The day honors the Norwegian-born Leif Erikson. The Norse explorer earns credit for bringing the first Europeans known to have set foot in North America.  Leif Erikson left the European continent in 999 and landed in North America around the year 1,000.  HOW TO OBSERVE …
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