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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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Fairkss
Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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Fairkss
There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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nqme
nqme posted in Debating:
I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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Igiveuponthename
That's because of our own human nature. We often value ourselves more than anyone else. Everybody affects everybody indirectly. People value progress over everything. One day the world will come crashing down, and with this crumbling and twisted society with it. Want to make a difference? Well, it's not too late to start.
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Fairkss
Fairkss posted in Say Anything:
I really hate how society is built. I really hate how unaccepting people are and how we have gotten this far due to sacrifices and inflicting pain on others. Why do we do this to our own kind? ​We are just destroying ourselves because we are unable to understand why some people do what they do. Why can't we just accept people for how they are? They're heart and their soul. I know the world can't be perfect but honestly right now the world isn't okay. Of course I'm just a kid so whatever I say won't matter but anyways that's just what has been on my mind lately :)
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