Sun, 13 July 2014
Hello and welcome to Holiday a Week, your weekly preview of the Holidays, festivals, celebrations and remembrances from around the world.
I am your host Jeffrey Johnson
This podcast is for the week starting on Monday July 14 2014 and ending on Sunday July 20 2014
July 14th 2014 brings us
Bastille Day as it is referred to in English or La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) it also commonly referred to as Le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July). This Celebration is for the day the Bastille was stormed and started the French Revolution in 1789. It also commemorates the Fête de la Fédération which happened in 1790, a celebration of French unity where othas to the new constitution were sworn by high level French individuals.
The largest and longest running military parade in Europe is held on July 14th with the parade having around 7,000 soldiers (5,000 on foot, the rest, crew members or cavalrymen), 300 vehicles, 240 horses and more than 80 planes and helicopters. The first time the parade was held was during Fête de la Fédération (in 1790) after which the French people celebrated for 4 days with feasts, dancing and parties.
Fireworks are also launched in the evening in celebration of the day. There are many events around Paris and the rest of the country, to many to be listed here.
Happy Independence Day France!
On July 15th 2014 we celebrate
The birthday of Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. The current ruler of Brunei, a nation on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. He became Sultan in 1967 when his father abdicated the throne. He has since gone on to become the Prime Minister, Head of the Defense Forces, Head of the Finance Ministry as well as many other titles. Sultan Hassanal also holds Honorary ranks in the British military; General, Admiral and Air Marshal as well as having been Knighted by the Queen of England.
Brunei has come along way in becoming a developed nation and do to it's natural resources is one of only two nations to have 0 debt according to the IMF.
Happy Birthday Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Between July 11th and the 21st of 2014 we celebrate
The Candle Festival in Ubon Ratchathani province in Thailand. During this time people show off their candle carving abilities, there is even a candle sent by the Royal Family to this festival. The highlight of the event is on Khao Phansa the first day of the Buddhist Lent season. This is the three months when the monks will not stray far from their temple, having to return each night. This is also the time when it is most auspicious to become a monk. Khao Phansa happens on the day after the full moon on the 8th lunar month.
Happy Candle Festival!
On July 17th 2014 we celebrate
Constitution Day in South Korea. This is the date when the Korean Constitution was proclaimed in 1948 which was also chosen to coincide to the founding of the Joseon Dynasty in 1392. The day is no longer considered an official day off of work but still a holiday. People will celebrate in their own way, some running marathons. This was also the date when Korea was separated into two countries and many in Korea feel very strongly that they should be one so it not celebrated a great amount though there are ceremonies conducted by the leaders of the country.
Happy Constitution Day South Korea and I hope one day you will be joined in peace with North Korea.
On July 18th 2014 we celebrate
Mandela Day, an international day to celebrate and continue the work of Nelson Mandela.
Mandela was born on July 18th 1918, he fought for the equal rights for people of color in South Africa. The first United Nations Mandela Day was in 2010 but other countries had recognized it in 2009. This is a day to embrace the ideals of Nelson Mandela. Service is the most important thing on this day. According to the Mandela Day website he lived by three rules, Free yourself, free others and serve every day. Mandela gave 67 years service they ask that we give at least 67 minutes this day and to try and make every day a day of service.
You can learn more about the day and what you can do to participate at MandelaDay.com
(I put a link in the description of the podcast)
Happy Mandela Day!
On July 19th 2014 we recognize Burmese Martyr's Day
On July 19th in 1947 a large percentage of the ruling government were assassinated. Since then the leadership of the nation has held this day to honor those who died in the attack.
On July 20th 2014 we celebrate
Galla Bayramy, which is held on 3rd Sunday in July
The Wheat Harvest festival in Turkmenistan is celebrate on the 3rd Sunday in July. One of the oldest agricultural regions in the world, the Turkmen have known longer than most of the world how important agriculture is to civilisation. They, of course, treat this festival time with great honor and importance. During this time many festivals are held throughout the country, from concerts to cultural festivals.
You will be able to find links in the show notes: http://www.turkmenistan.ru/?page_id=3&lang_id=en&elem_id=17354&type=event&sort=date_desc
And remember to have a great day because there is a holiday out there somewhere.