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 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, 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.
Mawlid (also known as Mevlid, Mevlit, Mulud, Mouloud, The Prophet's Birthday, and other names regionally) celebrates the birthday of Islamic Prophet Muhammed. It is celebrated on the 12th day of the Islamic month Rabi’ al-awwal. Observances vary depending on location and religious belief. Some people view this as a time for great celebration. Public parades and feasts are held to commemorate the occasion. Others do not believe in celebrating birthdays. They often choose instead to spend Mawlid as a special religious holiday, fasting and reading the Quran.
New Year’s celebrates the end of the year and the start of a new one. In many places, this is a time for great celebration. Public parties are held in cities all around the world on New Year’s Eve, where people get together to count down to the New Year at midnight.