Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a traditional holiday in the United States and Canada in which a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil predicts the end of winter. Each year in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Phil comes out of his hole in front of thousands of people to look for his shadow. If he sees his shadow, this predicts 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring is on the way. There are several groundhogs throughout Canada and the U.S. who predict the forecast for their towns, but Punxsutawney Phil is widely considered the “official” groundhog. His predictions are correct 39% of the time.

National Freedom Day

National Freedom Day celebrates the anniversary of the resolution to end slavery. Abraham Lincoln signed the resolution which proposed the 13th amendment on February 1, 1865. This day marked the beginning of Freedom for all Americans, and that occasion is what we celebrate today.

Kansas Day

Kansas Day celebrates Kansas becoming the 34th state in the Union on January 29th, 1861. Teachers in Kansas are encouraged to get students involved in lessons about the history of Kansas. Activities are sometimes held at museums and historic sites around the state.

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday that celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was a pastor who became a leader in the African-American Civil Rights movement. He is credited with helping to end racial segregation in the United States. Today, his birthday is celebrated on the third Monday of January. It celebrates equality for all Americans regardless of race or ethnicity.

Confederate Memorial Day

Confederate Memorial Day is a legal holiday in many southern states. It remembers those who lost their lives fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil War. It is celebrated on different days all around the country. Texas celebrates it on Robert E. Lee’s Birthday, January 19th. Alabama, Florida, Georgia celebrate it on the fourth Monday of April. Mississippi celebrates it on the last Monday in April. In North and South Carolina it is celebrated on May 10th.

Robert E. Lee Day

Robert E. Lee Day celebrates the life and achievements of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. It is celebrated in some southern states on different dates throughout the year. In Florida it is celebrated on January 19th – Lee’s actual birthday – each year. Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi all celebrate it the third Monday of January, and Georgia celebrates it on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Lee Jackson Day

Lee Jackson Day is a state holiday in Virginia that celebrates two confederate war generals, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. It is celebrated each year on the Friday before Martin Luther King Day in Virginia, giving many people a four day weekend.

Epiphany - Three Kings Day

Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day, celebrates two important events in the life of Jesus Christ: the visit from the three kings to bestow gifts upon him, and his baptism by John the Baptist. Western Christians tend to put more emphasis on the visit of the three kings, whereas Eastern Christians focus more on Christ’s Baptism. Epiphany marks the twelfth day of Christmas and the end of the Christmas season in many parts of the world. In some places, it also marks the beginning of the Carnival season, which ends at Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday.