Holiday Facts

Facts and figures about some upcoming holidays


St. Valentine's DaySt. Valentine's Day

Across many parts of the world on 14 February, flowers, cards and gifts will be exchanged between loved ones, as St. Valentine's day is celebrated.

Facts about St. Valentine's Day


Presidents'  DayPresidents' Day

A United States federal holiday observed on the third Monday of February.

The original version of the holiday was in commemoration of George Washington's birthday in 1796 (the last full year of his presidency).

Facts about Presidents' Day


St. Patrick's DaySt. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is a widely known historic figure and arguably the most famous patron saint of a country.

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on his birthday, which is accepted to be 17 March.

Facts about St. Patrick's Day


St. George's DaySt. George's Day

St. George's Day is England's National Day, though it is not a national holiday.

It is celebrated annually on 23 April, as this is the generally accepted date of St. George's death.

Facts about St. George's Day


Mother's DayMother's Day

Mother's Day is a legal national holiday in the US, but not a public holiday. The day honors mothers and motherhood.

The holiday has become a popular observance in many countries around the world, but it may not be celebrated on the same day in other countries.

Facts about Mother's Day


Memorial DayMemorial Day

A United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in military service for the United States.

Facts about Memorial Day


Father's DayFather's Day

Father's Day is a celebration that honours the role of fathers and forefathers.

Around the world, Father's Day is celebrated on different dates though the day is celebrated in a similar manner, usually involving giving gifts to fathers and family activities.

Facts about Father's Day


Independence DayIndependence Day

On July 4, 1776, the United States of America proclaimed its independence from England by signing the Declaration of Independence.

Facts about Independence Day


Bastille DayBastille Day

Bastille Day is celebrated on 14 July and marks the birth of the French Republic.

Facts about Bastille Day


Indian Independence DayIndian Independence Day

This holiday is always celebrated on 15 August. It marks the date in 1947, when India became an independent country.

Facts about Independence Day


Independence DayLabor Day

Labor Day is a day set aside on the first Monday in September to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States since 1894.

Facts about Labor Day


Veterans DayVeterans Day

Veterans Day is a federal holiday observed on the weekday nearest to November 11th. The holiday honours all veterans of the United States armed forces.

Facts about Veterans Day



Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season that runs through to Christmas. The holiday commemorates the first harvest of the settlers from England who had arrived in North America in 1620

Facts about Thanksgiving


Christmas DayChristmas Day

Christmas Day celebrates the Nativity of Jesus which (traditionally, but unlikely in reality) took place 25 December 1 BC. 25 December will be a public holiday in most countries around the world.

Facts about Christmas


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