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2020 Holidays and notable dates (most are USA or international unless noted)
JANUARY 2020    
January 1 New Year's Day  
January 1 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California televised world wide  
January 1 Rose Bowl football game  
January 17 Lee-Stonewall Day - celebrates Confederate heros Robert E. Lee & Stonewall Jackson  
January 20 or 21 Inauguration Day for President of US - next one is January 20, 2021  
January 20 Martin Luther King Day, always on a Monday  
January 22 National Sanctity of Human Life Day  
January 31 BREXIT Day - England exits the European Union  
FEBRUARY 2020    
February 2 Ground Hog Day  
February 4 Rosa Parks Day  
February 5 Chinese New Year - week long celebration many businesses closed  
February 12 Abraham Lincoln birthday - Republican President known for freeing slaves and starting the bloodiest civil war in US history killing 625,000 men  
February 14 Valentine's Day  
February 14 - 16 Family Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans  
February 17 President's Day & Washington's birthday  
February 17 Daisy Gatson Bates day - civil rights activist in the US  
February 20 National Love Your Pet Day  
February 20 World Day of Social Justice - declared by UN  
February 21 International Mother Language Day  
February 25 Mardi Gras in New Orleans (for adults only)  
February 25 Shrove Tuesday is part of Mardi Gras  
February 26 Ash Wednesday - Christian holiday of prayer, fasting, repentance  
MARCH 2020    
March 1 Saint David's Day  
March 2 Texas Independence Day  
March 2 Read Across America Day  
March 4 Casimir Pulaski Day - a Chicago based event  
March 8 Women's Day - International  
March 8 Daylight Savings Time change - spring ahead - US, Canada  
March 17 Saint Patrick's Day  
March 18 Evacuation Day -  is when British Troops evacuated Boston Massachussetts  
March 20 Equinox - Sun is directly above Equator at 21:58  
March 10 Purim - Jewish holiday commemorates "saving the people from Haman"  
March 21 World Poetry Day - declared by UNESCO  
March 20 Nowruz - Iran New Years Day or Persian New Year  
March 21 World Down Syndrome Day  
March 22 World Water Day - highlights importance of water  
March 23 World Meteorological Day - created by the WMO  
March 30 Seward's Day - Alaska signing of purchase treaty  
APRIL 2020    
April 2.7 April Fools Day - it's actually April 1 every year!  
April 10 Good Friday in the Western world - USA, Canada  
April 11 National Pet Day founded by Colleen Paige  
April 12 Easter Sunday in the Western world - USA, Canada  
April 13 Thomas Jefferson's birthday - 3rd president of the United States  
April 15 US Individual Federal Income Tax due date IRS.gov  
April 16 Emancipation Day - celbration of freedom from slavery  
April 17 Good Friday in the Eastern world- Day of crucifixion of Christ  
April 19 Easter Sunday in the Eastern world - Christ rose from the grave on this day in the Christian faith  
April 22 Earth Day 50th anniversary - focus on environmental protection worldwide  
MAY 2020    
May 2 Astronomy Day (spring) - the day in fall is September 26  
May 7 National Day of Prayer USA  
May 5 Cinco de Mayo - Mexican Independence Day  
May 5 Teacher Day in the US - check other countries here  
May 10 Mother's Day in the US - check other countries here  
May 16 Armed Forces Day - USA  
May 28 Harvey Milk Day - sexual freedom activist  
May 25 Memorial Day - USA  
May 28 - 30 Shavuot - the festival of weeks commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sina  
May 31 Pentecost (Western society) - decent of Holy Spirit on Apostles in Christiian faith  
JUNE 2020    
June 6 D-day - allied invasion of Normandy, France in World War II in 1944  
June 7 Pentecost - (Eastern society) - decent of Holy Spirit on Apostles in Christiian faith  
June 14 Flag Day  
June 20 Summer solstice - longest daylight period of the year and pagan celebration  
June 21 Father's Day  
JULY 202O    
July 4 Independence Day - United States of America  
July 19 National Ice Cream Day  
July 24 Pioneer Day - first Mormon leader and followers entered Utah  
July 26 Parent's Day - first observed in 1973  
July 30 - 31 Eid as-Adha - Muslim 'Feast of the Sacrifice'  
AUGUST 2020    
August 3 Raksha Bandhan - holiday observed on last day of Hindu calendar  
August 16 Bennington Battle Day Vermont  
August 21 Statehood Day - Hawaii's admission to the United States  
August 17 Flag Day in Bolivia  
August 16 - 17 Independence Day in Gabon  
August 21 Senior Citizen's Day  
August 24 National Waffle Day  
August 26 Women's Equality Day  
August 29 International Day Against Nuclear Tests  
SEPTEMBER 2020    
September 7 Labor Day - National Holiday in the United States  
September 13 Grandparent's Day  
September 8 - 10 National Days of Prayer and Remembrance  
September 11 Patriot Day - formed in remembrance of attacks on New York City's World Trade Center  
September 16 National Stepfamily Day  
September 17 Citizenship Day (and Constitution Week during September 17 - 23)  
September 25 Native American Day - celebrated in lieu of Christopher Columbus Day  
September 21 - 24 Mabon - pagan harvest festival of Autumn Equinox  
September 26 Astronomy Day (autumn) - the day in spring is May 2  
September 29 National Coffee Day - many countries see robust & aromatic list here  
OCTOBER 2020 two full moons this month!  
October 1 World Vegetarian Day - vegetarians do not eat meat but can have dairy products  
October 2 - 9 First Day Of Sukkot - Jewish, Hebrew, Israelite, Messianic, Semetic Neopagan holiday  
October 9 Leif Erikson Day - Nordic explorer led first Europeans to America  
October 11 National Coming Out Day - homosexual or alternative lifestyle gay liberation  
October 12 Columbus Day - some areas do not observe this instead they celebrate Indigenous People's Day  
October 13 National No-Bra Day celebrated during breast cancer awareness month  
October 16 Bosses Day  
October 16 World Food Day  
October 21 Apple Day in United Kingdom - also celebrated on the Saturday & Sunday closest to the 30th  
October 29 Birthday for Muslims' Prophet Muhammed  
October 30 Mischief Night, Devil's Night, Gate Night, Goosey Night, Moving Night, Cabbage Night, Mat Night  
October 31 Halloween, All Hallows Eve - this year also features a BLUE MOON  
NOVEMBER 2020    
November 1 Daylight savings time ends - fall back - United States, Canada  
November 4 Russian Unity Day  
November 9 Fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany - this is the day demolition started amongst much fanfare  
November 11 Veteran's Day honors all USA military veteran's - originally named Armistice Day 1918 on France battle field
November 26 Thanksgiving in the USA celebrates the harvest of plenty and other blessings of the year  
November 27 Black Friday (deals everywhere in stores)  
November 27 Buy Nothing Day - a protest of free markets & consumer consumption excess  
November 28 Small Business Saturday (support your local smaller retail stores)  
November 29 Advent begins  
November 30 Cyber Monday - day for online sales  
November 30 Remembrance for victims of chemical warfare  
DECEMBER 2020    
December 4 National Cookie Day - look at this list of all the other food & treat days  
December 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day  
December 10 - 18 Hanukkah - Jewish candle lighting ceremony  
December 12 Day of the Virgin Guadalupe - Patron Saint of the Americas  
December 15 National Cupcake Day - yum!  
December 17 Wright Brothers Day - inventors, 1st successful aviation flight tested at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina  
December 24 Christmas Eve  
December 25 Christmas (Christian holiday birth of Jesus celebration)  
December 31 New Year's Eve  
2021 JAN / FEB    
January 1 New Year's Day 2020, Rose Parade event in Pasadena, California  
February 29, 2020 Leap Year Day - an extra day is added to this year as previous 4 years each had an extra 6 hours totalling one full day that must be reflected in calendars for accuracy  






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