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Flashcards in Holidays, Observances and the Calendar Deck (40):
1

New Year's Day*

January 1

2

Martin Luther King's Birthday*

3rd Monday in January (Jan. 15-21) (actual day is January 15)

3

President's Day*

3rd Monday in February (Feb. 15-21) (Lincoln-Feb. 12, Washington-Feb. 22 (Feb 11 on Julian calendar which changed in 1752))

4

Memorial Day*

last Monday in May (May 25-31) (aka Decoration Day)

5

Independence Day*

July 4

6

Labor Day*

1st Monday in September (Sep. 1-7)

7

Columbus Day*

2nd Monday in October (Oct. 8-14) (actually landed on October 12, 1492) (aka Discoverer's Day, Pioneer's Day)

8

Election Day*

1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday (Nov. 2-8)

9

Veterans' Day*

November 11 (aka Armistice Day)

10

Thanksgiving*

4th Thursday in November (Nov. 22-28) (first proclaimed by Lincoln)

11

Christmas Day*

December 25

12

Groundhog Day

February 2

13

Valentine's Day

February 14

14

St. Patrick's Day

March 17

15

Easter

First Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the March equinox (Mar. 22 - Apr. 25)

16

Equinox

The two days when day and night are of equal length and the beginnings of spring and autumn.

17

Solstice

The two days when the Sun is at its extreme northern position (the Tropic of Cancer, first day of summer) or southern position (the Tropic of Capricorn, first day of winter)

18

Vernal (spring) Equinox

About March 21

19

Summer Solstice

About June 21

20

Autumnal Equinox

About September 23

21

Winter Solstice

About December 21

22

January

Janus, a Roman god

23

February

Februalia, a Roman period of sacrifices to atone for sins

24

March

Mars, Roman god of war

25

April

From the Latin, "to open," as in new growth (aperire)

26

May

Maia, Roman goddess of growing plants

27

June

From the Latin for "youth" (juvenis)

28

July

Julius Caesar

29

August

Emperor Augustus

30

September

Seventh month (moved two for July and August)

31

October

Eighth month (moved two for July and August)

32

November

Ninth month (moved two for July and August)

33

December

Tenth month (moved two for July and August)

34

Sunday

Sun's Day

35

Monday

Moon's Day

36

Tuesday

Tiw's Day (also called Tyr, god of war)

37

Wednesday

Woden's Day (Woden is the same as Odin, the chief Norse god)

38

Thursday

Thor's Day (Odin's son, god of thunder)

39

Friday

Frigg's Day (wife of Odin, queen of the gods)

40

Saturday

Seterne's Day (apparently derived from the Latin god Saturn)