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                       Cultural Notes

                           Queen Johnson


           Upcoming Celebrations

                                          November, 2018

  Veterans Day is the 11thThe date is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended World War 1 in 1918.  Originally known as Armistice Day, the observance was renamed Veterans Day by an act of Congress on June 1, 1954 at the urging of Major Veteran’s service organizations, most of whose members had served in World War II and/or the Korean conflict. The day is now set aside to honor all American Veterans whenever and wherever they served.
  Eid Milad Ul-Nabi,
which celebrates the birthday of the prophet Muhammed, is observed on the 21stBecause the Muslim calendar is lunar based, the date of the celebration on the western solar based calendar varies from year to year.
  Thanksgiving Day is observed on  22nd 
December, 2018.Chanukah begins at sundown on the 2nd and ends at sundown on the 10th.  Christmas is celebrated on the 25th, and Kwanzaa begins on the 26th and ends January 1st January, 2019, New Year’s Day is the 1st  Martin Luther King Jr Day is observed on the 21st  Held annually on the 3rd Monday in January, it celebrates the life and work of a major American civil rights leader best known for his campaigns to desegregate public transport and promote racial equality in all areas of American life.

                                             February, 2019

                           February is Black History Month 

  February 1 is National Freedom Day.  The observance commemorates Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the resolution proposing the 13th amendment to the constitution, the amendment which abolished slavery. Rosa Parks Day is a California state holiday falling on February 4th.  The holiday honors Rosa Parks whose refusal to give up her seat in the section of a Montgomery, Alabama bus reserved for white passengers kicked off the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1956,  The boycott in turn initiated a decade of civil rights protests aimed at desegregating public accommodations and securing voting rights.  The decade of protests played a critical role in securing the passage of the 1964-65 Civil Rights Acts.  The first day of The Chinese Lunar New Year is the 5th. Because the Chinese calendar is lunar based, the beginning of the Chinese New Year on the western solar based calendar varies from year to year. St Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 14th
 President’s Day is observed on the 18th Held annually on the 3rd Monday in February, the holiday combines the birthday celebrations of two Presidents: Abraham Lincoln on the 12th and George Washington on the 23rd 
March, 2019.

                             March is Women’s History Month

Ash Wednesday is observed on the 6th St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th  Purim begins at sundown on the 21st Cesar Chavez Day falls officially on the 31st (Sunday) though the holiday will be celebrated this year on April 1st (Monday). The holiday celebrates the birthday of Cesar Chavez, a Mexican-American community and labor organizer, who became active at an early age in campaigns to end racial and economic discrimination against Mexican-Americans, but is best known for his leadership of the United Farm Workers (UFW) in its campaign to secure collective bargaining rights for migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

April, 2019 Palm Sunday is 14th, Good Friday is the 19th and Easter is celebrated on the 21st. Passover begins at sundown on the 19th and ends at sundown on the 27th.

As we focus on our cultural awareness and examine our individual roots, let us be mindful and respectful of the many customs and traditions that continue to evolve in our community.

            Remember that

       Culture is a way of Life