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  • Independence Day Quiz July 1, 2024
    On July 4th 1776, the United States of America proclaimed its independence from England by signing the Declaration of Independence. The celebration of this momentous event in the history of the USA has become America’s National Day, the Fourth of July. This quiz will be a good test of your knowledge, but hopefully, you’ll also […]
  • July 2024 Cultural Diversity Review June 30, 2024
    July is historically a relatively quiet month for international holidays. That’s not to say there aren’t any interesting holidays or festivals taking place. In fact, July can be considered the most revolutionary of months with 25 independence holidays taking place around the world, more than any other month. In most cases, these independence days are […]

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Jul 17, 🇱🇸 Lesotho: King's Birthday 👑 🎂The Kingdom of Lesotho, which is enclaved within South Africa, is a hereditary constitutional monarchy.His Royal Highness Prince David Mohato Bereng Seeiso was born at the Scott Hospital in Morija on July 17th 1963 and was the eldest son of Moshoeshoe II.According to the Government of Lesotho, King Letsie III has a keen love for agriculture. He spends most of his leisure time visiting his family cattle posts. His favourite sporting activities include horse riding, squash, tennis and rugby. He likes music; especially classical and traditional music.Read more at bit.ly/2lydSWD ... See MoreSee Less
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Jul 16, 🇨🇱 Chile: Our Lady of Mount CarmelThe Feast of Our Lady of Carmel is given in lieu of the Corpus Christi holiday. Our Lady of Carmel is Mary, mother of Jesus. Carmel is a mountain in Northern Israel, where the Carmelite order was founded in the Twelfth century.How Our Lady of Carmel came to be the the Patron Saint of Chile is related to Chile's struggle for independence. In December 1811 General Carrera and General O'Higgins asked the Vicar of Santiago to give a mass for success in the struggle for independence against Spain. In the cathedral was a statue of Our lady of Carmel. General Jo de San Martin placed his baton in the right hand of the statue, and named her patron saint of the Army of the Andes. On the eve of the battle of Chabuco, General O'Higgins proclaimed the Virgin of Carmel patroness and general of the Chilean armed forces.In 1818, with the Spanish army advancing on Santiago, Chileans crowded into the cathedral to place their prayers and trust at Our Lady's feet, promising to raise a church in her honour at the site where Chile's declaration of independence was signed if they were successful in defeating the Spanish. By the end of the year the prayers had been answered and work on the church had begun.Read more at bit.ly/2LnABwz ... See MoreSee Less
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Jul 16 🇧🇴 Bolivia (La Paz): La Paz Day Commemorates the uprising against the Spanish that took place on this day in 1809. #DYK - La Paz is the second-highest city in the world and was the first South American city to have an electricity supply. It was powered by llama dung. Read more at bit.ly/38Zzi3D ... See MoreSee Less
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July 16, 🌍 Various: Ashura (Muharram)A'ashura was an ancient Judaic feast day of celebration and atonement. It is traditionally the day when the prophet Musa (Moses) freed the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and a day associated with Jesus’ ascension to heaven. It is believed that God saved the prophet Nuh (Noah) and his companions from the genesis flood on this day.It is better known these days for mourning the martyrdom of Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at the Battle of Karbala in the year 61 AH (AD 680).Sunni Muslims believe that Moses fasted on this day to demonstrate his gratitude to God for the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt. According to Sunni traditions, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) fasted on this day and encouraged others to fast.Read more at bit.ly/2HOHqHZ #ashura ... See MoreSee Less
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