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Austrian National DayAustrian National Day

Austria's national holiday on 26 October commemorates the Declaration of Neutrality of 1955.

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Facts about HalloweenHalloween

Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of the Halloween festival. The Irish tradition dates back to the eighteenth century. Halloween takes its roots from the old Celtic festival Samhain Eve, when it was believed that the link between the worlds of living and dead was at its strongest.

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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.

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Polish Independence DayPolish Independence day

This holiday is celebrated annually on 11 November and marks the re-establishment of the state of Poland at the end of World War I in 1918.

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ThanksgivingThanksgiving

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

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Finnish Independence DayFinnish Independence Day

This holiday is celebrated annually on 6 December and marks the Declaration of Independence from the Russian empire by the Finnish Parliament in 1917.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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St. David's DaySt. David's Day

Saint David was a Celtic monk born towards the end of the fifth century who became Archbishop of Wales. He spread the word of Christianity, founding 11 churches across Wales and Brittany.

St. David's Day is celebrated on the day of his death, which is accepted to be 1 March.

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St. David's DayHoli - the festival of colour

The festival of Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March every year.

Holi was originally a festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land, but is now a symbolic commemoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Norwegian Constitution DayNorwegian Constitution Day

Constitution Day is the National Day of Norway and is an official national holiday each year on May 17. Among Norwegians, the day is referred to simply as syttende mai (meaning Seventeenth of May).

The holiday marks the day in 1814 when Norway adopted its constitution.

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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.

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Italian Republic DayItalian Republic Day

Always celebrated on 2 June. This is Italy's National Day. Republic Day marks the referendum of 1946, which resulted in the creation of the Italian republic.

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Danish Constitution Day DayDanish Constitution Day

Constitution Day (Danish: Grundlovsdag) commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Danish constitution of 1849 by Frederik the VII, which established Denmark as a constitutional monarchy.

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Swedish National DaySwedish National Day

Swedish National Day commemorates the election of King Gustav Vasa in 1523, which is considered to mark the foundation of modern Sweden. The date of 6 June is also the day in 1809, when the Instrument of Government was adopted, forming a key part of Sweden's constitution.

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Portugal DayPortugal Day

On 10 June, Portugal commemorates the death of Luís de Camões in 1580. Camões wrote the Lusiads, Portugal's national epic celebrating the country's achievements.

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Philippines Independence DayPhilippines Independence Day

Independence Day in the Philippines is celebrated on 12 June. It commemorates the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on 12 June 1898.

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Russia DayRussia Day

The National Day of the Russian Federation, Russia Day commemorates the formal adoption, on 12 June 1990 of the Declaration of Sovereignty of the Russian Federation which declared Russia's 'independence' from the USSR.

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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.

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Canada DayCanada Day

On 1 July, Canada Day marks the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada on 1 July 1867.

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Independence DayIndependence Day

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

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Belgian Independence DayBelgium Independence Day

Belgian Independence Day celebrates the separation of Belgium from the Netherlands on 21 July 1831

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Bastille DayBastille Day

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

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Swiss National DaySwiss National Day

In 1291 the three cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden signed the Federal Charter. The signing of the charter has now become regarded as the foundation of Switzerland.

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Singapore National DaySingapore National Day

Singapore joined the Federation of Malaysia in September 1963 after the 1962 Merger Referendum of Singapore. Singapore left the federation two years later and gained its own sovereignty on 9 August 1965.

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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.

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Uruguay Independence DayUruguay National Day

On 25 August 1825, following a short period of rebellion, Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil. This instigated the Argentina- Brazil War. The conflict lasted until August 1828, when the British negotiated a resolution that led to Brazil recognising Uruguay's independence.

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Malaysia National DayMalaysia National Day

31 August is Merdeka Day, which commemorates the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule in 1957.

Also known as Independence Day, National Day or Freedom Day, Merdaka Day is Malaysia's National Day.

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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.

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Brazilian National DayBrazilian National Day

On 7 September 1822, Brazil's declaration of independence from Portugal was made by Pedro di Alcântara, the son of the Portuguese King.

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Chinese National DayChinese National Day

The People's Republic of China was founded on 1 October 1949 with a ceremony at Tian'anmen Square.

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German Unity DayGerman Unity Day

The reunification of Germany took place on 3 October 1990, when the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) was incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG).

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