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The Holidays and Celebrations of Summer

A look at some of the Holidays, Festivals and Celebrations of the Season of Summer.

Northern Hemisphere:
Late June - Late Sept.

Horoscope / Zodiac Signs:
Cancer, Cancer, Leo

Father's Day

Celebrated: 3rd Sunday in June (US), different dates internationally*
Pay tribute to your dear old Dad on this American (and British) holiday for fathers. Father's Day was started in 1910 by Mrs. John B. Dodd and has been an official national holiday since 1966.
More info: Father's Day on the Net
*More info: Father's Day Around the World?


Observed: June 21- July 20
The zodiac sign of Cancer, represented by the crab

Independence Day(US)

Celebrated: July 4th
Celebrate the birth of America: On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress.
More info: Independence Day on the Net

Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha'i)

Celebrated: July 09
This Baha'i observance honors the anniversary of the death of the Bab, the prophet-herald of the Baha'i faith. The Bab, Siyyid Ali Muhammed, was killed by firing squad in 1850.

Ramadan (Islamic)

Celebrated: According to Islamic calendar.
(Summer 2010, 2011, 2012)
The start of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world will commemorate the month in which the Koran was revealed by Allah to His prophet Muhammad by fasting from sunrise to sunset.
More info: Ramadan on the Net

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

Celebrated: According to the Jewish Calendar
September / Early October
Literally the Head of the Year, Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of a new year in the Jewish calendar and an opportunity for repentance and spiritual renewal.
More info: High Holy Day on the Net / Rosh Hashanaha

Eid al-Fitr: (Islamic)

Celebrated: According to Islamic calendar.
(Summer 2010, 2011, 2012)
Marks the end of Ramadan, is celebrated with a joyous, three-day feast commencing at sundown. Eid al-Fitr is also called the Festival of Fast-Breaking.
More info: Ramadan on the Net / Eid ul-Fitr (EID)

Yom Kippur (Jewish)

Celebrated: According to the Jewish Calendar
September / October
The holiest day in the Jewish calendar. On Yom Kippur, known as the Day of Atonement, Jews spend the day fasting and praying to atone for their sins. The holiday ends tomorrow night.
More info: High Holy Day on the Net / Yom Kippur

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