Awed by the great power of the sun, civilizations have for centuries celebrated the summer solstice, the first day of summer.
The Celts & Slavs celebrated with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun’s energy. The Chinese marked the day by honouring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light. Perhaps the most enduring were the Druids’ celebration of the day as the “wedding of Heaven and Earth”.
Today, the day is still celebrated around the world – most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.
Pagan spirit gatherings or festivals are also common in June, when groups assemble to light a sacred fire, and stay up all night to welcome the dawn.
Happy Summer Solstice from the friendly staff here at College Copy Shop!
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on the 5th of May. Contrary to what many people believe, it is not Mexico’s independence day. Rather, it’s a remembrance of a David and Goliath-like fight.
In 1862, as the French invasion of Mexico began, their force of 4,000 soldiers defeated twice as many French soldiers in the Battle of Puebla. The French occupation would continue until 1866. But the Mexican soldiers’ courage and determination inspired Mexican Americans to celebrate the win. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Cinco de Mayo story was related to their quest for respect in the United States.
Today, it’s become much like St. Patrick’s Day. You don’t have to be Mexican to celebrate!
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Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson and Harvard University student Dennis Hayes celebrated the first Earth Day on April 22 in 1970. It has spread worldwide over the past 40 + years. More than 6 million Canadians join 500 million people in over 180 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every school child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity.
Happy Earth Day from the friendly staff here at College Copy Shop!