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May Holidays

May 01, 2016

Looking for May Holidays? Here's a brief history of May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Victoria Day and Memorial Day.

May Day - May 1st

May Day was first celebrated hundreds of years ago by Pagans as a holiday to welcome spring. It wasn't until the late 1800s that May Day's focus changed from a festival of spring to a day to honor the working man. In Europe, China and other parts of the world, May 1st is Labor Day. Since North America already has a Labor Day in September, it continues to see May Day as a symbol of spring.

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Cinco de Mayo - May 5th

Cinco de Mayo is a proud day for Mexicans who celebrate the victory over the French at the battle of Pueblo on May 5, 1862. The French army was better armed and three times larger but the Mexican[/kwlink] army still defeated them. Today there are parades, [kwlink 3404]music and lots of celebrating!

Mother's Day - May 8th

Mothers are precious so it's not surprising that there's a special day set aside to make them feel special. Mother's Day has been around for many years. In the 1600s, England used to have a day called Mothering Sunday when servants had the day off to spend with their moms. In the US, both Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis campaigned separately to start a day for Mothers. In 1914, Mother's Day became an official holiday thanks to these two women. Mother's Day falls on the second Sunday of May.

Victoria Day - May 23rd

Wouldn't it be cool if you could get the day off school on your birthday? Queen Victoria's been dead for over 100 years but Canadians still celebrate her birthday. Victoria took over the throne when she was only 18 years old, after her uncle died. She was Queen of the United Kingdom and Ireland and Empress of India. She ruled until her death on January 22, 1901.

Memorial Day - May 30th

Americans celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday in May. Thousands of people celebrate this holiday, which goes back to the Civil War. In 1868, General John Logan made Memorial Day an official holiday to honor those who died in the Civil War. After World War I, the holiday was changed to honor all Americans who died fighting in any war, not just in the Civil War.

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His wholesale campaign is a joke. Is it really not that obvious? I don't even think he is qualified to be president. I think it's just a distraction.
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He obviously does. 
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Let's get Trumping. "rainbowpoptart" wrote: This is the biggest, of the few, problems I have with Trump's thoughts. Illegal immigrants know they're breaking the law by coming into the country without following our policies; they don't just walk over the border like "Hey I'm in the USA now", they come from underground tunnels. The wall isn't going to do anything expect make Mexico's economy even worse, which is going to make more Mexicans not want to live there anymore, thus meaning more are going to want to come into the U.S, then there are going to be even more illegal immigrants. It isn't going to solve the problem, it's going to add to it.   Underground tunneling? Tunnels are used for high profile items or individuals. If you're shipping hundreds of millions worth of contraband over the border every month, or are smuggling in wanted criminals/terrorists, then you dig a tunnel. And while there is much more to do than build a wall in order to stop the flow of contraband, a border wall would curb the mass majority of illegal immigrants flowing into the United States. "rainbowpoptart" wrote: You forgot to mention that a ban on Muslims, even a temporary one, would be against the First Amendment. (: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." It's not prohibiting the free exercise of Islam to ban Muslim immigration. The Muslims who would be banned would not be in our country, and thus our Constitution would not apply to them. Essentially, it would prohibit the exercise of their religion about as much as it would prohibit the exercise of any other non-American.  Now, if we were to deport Muslims simply for being Muslim, then that would violate their right to free exercise.  "rainbowpoptart" wrote: I sincerely hope this doesn't mean you're going to support Kanye West when he runs? Yes, I saw that meme too. Let's just agree that there's a difference between the head of an international real estate conglomerate worth over 10 billion dollars....and Yeezy.  "rainbowpoptart" wrote: Oh, you know how much the media loves bending and twisting people's words, especially his. You're crazy if you think people are going to stop talking about a privileged white man's disliking of something certain minorities do. (:
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