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May 1, 2015

What’s happening in May

 

Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee

April 23 to May 3 is the Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee, Washington. This is a big celebration of an important business in Washington State. The festival lasts 11 days from April 23 until May 3, 2015. There are many different events. You can go on the Apple Blossom Run or eat tasty apple pies and desserts. You can visit an Arts and Crafts Fair. The Grand Floral Parade is on Saturday May 2nd, at 11 a.m. The Apple Blossom Festival started in 1919.

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 International Labor Day

May 1st is International Labor Day. It is celebrated in many countries around the world. In some places it is called May Day. Workers often go to a parade. The United States does not celebrate International Labor Day. In this country, it is Loyalty Day.

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Cinco de Mayo

May 5th is Cinco de Mayo. It is an important celebration for the Mexican-American community in the U.S. and in some parts of Mexico. Mexicans celebrate their rich and beautiful culture on this day. It is in memory of the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. General Ignacio Zaragoza Sequin and his Mexican soldiers won a battle against a strong French army that day. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with pinatas, food, music, and dancing.

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 Mother’s Day

May 10 is Mother’s Day in the U.S. Children honor their mothers on this special day. Children and husbands give flowers and gifts to the mother of the family. Many people telephone their mothers on Mother’s Day. It is the busiest day of the year for long distance telephone calls.

Mother’s Day is also celebrated on different days in many other countries of the world.

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 Garden Expo at Spokane Community College

May 9 is Garden Expo at Spokane Community College. Get tips on your plants from the experts and horticulture organizations. Ride the garden train. The theme for this year is “Four Seasons Gardening – Happy Everything!” Free admission.

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Northwest Folk Life Festival

May 22-25 is the Northwest Folk Life Festival at the Seattle Center. There is folk dancing, music, and arts and crafts from around the world. The cultural focus this year is , “Beats, Rhymes and Rhythms: Traditional Roots of Today’s Branches.

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Memorial Day

May 25 is Memorial Day. It is always the last Monday in May. According to one story, African-Americans started Memorial Day in 1865 at the end of the Civil War. Freedmen (freed slaves) honored Union soldiers who died at a race track in Charleston, South Carolina. General John Logan made it an official holiday in 1868. In that year flowers were put on the graves of soldiers from the North and the South in Arlington Cemetery.  Now we remember people from all the wars. Many people visit cemeteries on Memorial Day. They put flowers on graves. Soldiers’ graves have flags. Some towns have parades and special ceremonies. Schools, banks and government offices are closed because it is a federal holiday.

 

What’s happening in June

 Portland, Oregon Rose Festival

May 22 to June 7 is the Portland, Oregon Rose Festival. It started in 1907. This festival includes three parades, but the Grand Floral Parade is the second largest of all floral parades in the U.S. It starts at 10:00 a.m. on June 6th, but go early. Nearly 500,000 people come to see the beautiful flower floats. In 2011 the Portland Rose Festival won an award as the best festival in the world.

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World Environment Day

June 5 is World Environment Day. It was started by the U.N. General Assembly in 1972, so 2015 marks its 43rd anniversary. The theme for this year is, “Greening the Blue.” World Environment Day is held annually on June 5th to bring attention to environmental issues and to promote sustainable development in communities. This year’s focus is on creating a more sustainable United Nations. Here is a link to Greening the Blue Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/GreeningtheBlue

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Flag Day

June 14 celebrates Flag Day. On this day in 1777 the US flag was chosen. The American flag represents freedom. It is red, white and blue. Each of the thirteen stripes stands for one of the original thirteen American colonies. Each state of the U.S. is represented by a white star on a background of blue. All government buildings and many private citizens will display flags on June 14.

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Ramadan

June 17 (in North America) begins Ramadan, a holy time for Muslims, in the United States. Ramadan occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. (The Islamic calendar is based on the moon, and days begin at sunset, not sunrise.) Ramadan lasts one month.Most Muslims fast (do not eat or drink) in the daylight hours. Muslims also pray and give help to poor people. Many read the Qur’an (the Islamic holy book) during this time.

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Fremont Fair

June 19-21 is the Fremont Fair. It is always held around the time of the summer solstice. There are many family activities and good food. The Fremont Fair Solstice Parade begins on Saturday, June 20, at 3 p.m.

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Summer solstice

June 21, 2015 at 9:39 a.m. begins the summer solstice. It is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This will be the longest day of the year and the shortest night. In many countries there are festivals and celebrations around this time.

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Father’s Day

June 21 is Father’s Day. It is always on the third Sunday in June. Children give their fathers gifts or cards to show their love. Lots of families gather for barbecues or go to the ball game together. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran. President Nixon recognized it as a holiday in 1972.

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Seattle Pride Fest

On June 28 over 100,000 people gather to celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered rights for Seattle Pride Fest.


Published May 2015

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