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November 1, 2016

What’s happening in November

Election Day

November 8, 2016 is Election Day across the United States. Election Day is always the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This year the people will vote for a new president. The bitter campaign between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton will finally be decided. People will vote for some members of Congress and for governor in some states like Washington. People can also vote on initiatives. Initiatives can start a new law, change a current or law, or stop (repeal) a law. In Washington State, nearly everyone votes by post (absentee ballot) and ballots must be postmarked on Election Day.

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Veterans Day

November 11, 2016 is Veterans Day in U.S. This is the anniversary of the armistice (agreement) that ended World War I. On this day, Americans thank all soldiers both living and dead. They thank veterans (former soldiers). Soldiers protect the country. Soldiers fight for the country. Government offices close on Veterans Day.

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Thanksgiving Day

November 24, 2016 is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. This holiday started long ago. In 1620, a group of Pilgrims left England for America. They wanted to find religious freedom in America. They landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Native Americans advised the Pilgrims how to grow food. The Pilgrims decided to have a thanksgiving feast to celebrate a good harvest and invited the Native American families to their dinner. Today a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is turkey with stuffing and pumpkin pie.

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Other Fun Holiday Events

Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off  is on November 20. It is a 5 or 10K walk/run.
(http://www.promotionevents.com/thanksgiving/home.html)

The Macy’s Day Parade and Star Lighting is on November 25, starting at 9:00 am.
(http://seattlepipeline.com/events/macys-holiday-parade-pictures-2016-route-fireworks-santaland-day-thanksgiving-25-floats-650-costumed-characters/)

Christmas Ships Parade Festival is from November 25 to December 23 on Lake Washington and Puget Sound.
(http://www.argosycruises.com/dining-cruises/christmas-ship-festival/)

The Nutcracker Ballet is from November 25 to December 23.
(https://www.pnb.org/nutcracker/)

Seattle Zoo Lights at Woodland Park Zoo
(http://www.zoo.org/wildlights#.VE1-GL6E7Sc)
and Tacoma Zoo Lights at Point Defiance Zoo
(http://www.pdza.org/calendar?cid=363)
are open from November 25, 2016 to January 1, 2017. People can see thousands of lights in the shape of animals.

Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden has over ½ million lights in the shapes of flowers and animals. This wonderful display of lights attracts over 100,000 visitors a year. It is open from 4:30- 9:00 pm November 26, 2016 to December 31, 2016.
(http://www.gardendlights.org)

Santa Train runs throughout the holiday season starting on November 26 and ending on December 17. It travels from North Bend to the Snoqualmie Depot. Check the train schedule before you make plans.
(https://www.trainmuseum.org/index.php/programs-events/santa-train)

Seattle Marathon is held on November 27 around Seattle Center and usually attracts about 14,000 runners.
(http://www.seattlemarathon.org/amica-insurance-seattle-marathon)

Christmas Lighting Festival in Leavenworth is held on full weekends during December starting on December 2.
(http://www.leavenworth.org/event/5286)
See story, The little town that could, in 2014 issue of Northwest News. http://readnorthwestnews.com/2014/11/the-little-town-that-could/

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What’s happening in December

World AIDS Awareness Day

December 1, 2016 is World AIDS Awareness Day. It was established by the World Health Organization in 1988. Tens of millions of people in the world have AIDS. A person with AIDS has the HIV virus. This HIV virus harms the human immune system. There is a lot you can do on this day. First, you can wear a red ribbon. It is the symbol of HIV and AIDS. Second, learn more about AIDS. Third, promote education about AIDS and protection against it. Fourth, help people with AIDS. Finally, donate to AIDS organization.

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 7, 2016 is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Every year, Americans honor all who died in the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in 1941 during World War II. On this day many citizens fly the flag of United States until sunset.

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Human Rights Day

December 10, 2016 is Human Rights Day across the world. It started in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR identifies 30 rights for all people. People can read the UDHR in over 370 languages. The first words of the UDHR, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” are known all over the world. To read the 30 human rights in easy language and see a video, go to Youth for Human Rights .

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The Winter Solstice

December 21, 2016 begins the winter solstice. It is the date that has the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. It is the first day of winter in the U.S. This same day in the southern hemisphere has the longest day and the shortest night. So that means the people in Australia are celebrating the summer solstice and the first day of summer.

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Chanukah (The Festival of Lights)

From sundown on Sunday, December 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017 is Chanukkah. It is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. Each day after dark, Jewish people light one more candle. On the last day there are 9 candles on the menorah (a special candle holder for 9 candles). These lights are symbols of religious freedom and victory over the Greek persecutors in 167 B.C.E. During Chanukkah, Jewish people eat fried and oily food. Two favorites are latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts). Many children play with a special toy. They spin a top called a dreidel to get candies or chocolate coins.

                                                                                                                                   
Christmas Day

December 25th, 2016 is Christmas. It is a holiday that honors the birth of Jesus Christ. Christians and non-Christians around the world celebrate Christmas. Streets and homes are filled with beautiful lights and decorated trees. People listen to special Christmas music. Families gather together to eat delicious food and give gifts. Christmas Day has been a federal holiday in the U.S. since 1870. Christmas is one of the major celebrations in the U.S.

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New Year’s Eve

December 31st, 2016 is New Year’s Eve in many parts of the world. People go to parties with family or friends and wait for the New Year to begin with fireworks on midnight, January 1. They talk about the past year and often make a resolution for the New Year. A resolution is a promise to change something to make a fresh start. Often people decide to exercise more, lose weight, take a trip, or save money. What will your new year’s resolution be?


Published November 2016

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