Labor Day is Over so When is the Next Holiday?

Hooray for Holidays!

Hooray for Holidays!

Since college, I’ve been acutely aware of federal holidays, mainly because my school never seemed to recognize them, even Labor Day.  The dining hall staff was, naturally, granted a day off but students and faculty were not.  This past Monday was Labor Day and I was finally free.  Today, the Thursday after Labor Day, marks the beginning of the long wait for the next set of Federal Holidays, culminating with Thanksgiving and finally, Christmas.  Everyone needs a break and study abroad students are no exception.  I’ve compiled a list of some interesting holidays celebrated abroad so that study abroad students way out yonder can also practice the time honored tradition of counting down to the holidays.

  • Gandhi Jayanti is a public holiday in India to celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.  As one of the three declared holidays in India, it’s celebrated on October 2nd.
  • This year the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on October 3rd.  This harvest festival is celebrated by Chinese people around the globe.  On the Chinese calendar, the Festival occurs on the 15th day of the 8th month, and parallels with the autumn equinox.  Traditionally, families gather to eat moon cakes together.
  • October 3rd is also a national holiday in Germany to commemorate German reunification in 1990.
  • Ohi Day (or Ochi Day) is a Greek holiday celebrating the rejection of Mussolini’s ultimatum in 1940.  On October 28, 1940, Mussolini demanded that Greece submit to Axis strategic occupation or face war.  Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas responded with a simple “no.”  Italian troops subsequently attacked the Greek border.
  • All Saint’s Day is celebrated on November 1st in many countries including France, Spain, and Italy.
  • Christmas Day is a Federal Holiday in the US, but the 26th isn’t.  Many other countries disagree.  The 26th is Boxing Day in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other Commonwealth Nations.  Also celebrated on the same day is St. Stephen’s Day, a public holiday in Ireland, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland and others.

All of these holidays occur in the Autumn Semester.  The Spring semester promises even more, so keep your eyes peeled for the next installment after New Years.

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