A very happy holiday to anyone observing this month.
Like the ones in February, April, and July, below is the section of the email sent to all NASA Goddard employees with the holidays for the month of July, including some links at the bottom with additional information and a diversity calendar. As always, thank you to Matt for sharing!
Lughnasadh (or Lammas Day) (Celtic, Pagan): A celebration of the harvest and one of the “Greater Sabbats” during the Wiccan year. In medieval England, loaves made from the first ripe grain were blessed in the church on this day—lammas means “loaf mass”.
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (U.N.): Commemorates the first meeting of the working group on Indigenous Populations in 1992. The U.N. decided that this day be observed on August 9 every year during the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (2005-2014).
Janmashtami (Birth of Lord Krishna) (Hindu): This is one of the great Hindu night festivals. Worshippers fast and go to temples to see dance dramas enacting scenes from the life of Lord Krishna, one of the incarnations of Vishnu and one of the most popular deities in Hinduism.
International Youth Day (U.N.): A day to increase awareness of the World Program of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond, which calls for action in 10 areas: education, employment, hunger and poverty, health, environment, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, leisure-time activities, girls and young women, and full and effective participation of youths 15-24 years old in society.
Lailat ul-Qadr (Night of Power) (Muslim): Commemorates the revelation of the Qur’an to the prophet Muhammad in AD 610 by the archangel Gabriel. It falls within the last 10 days of the month of Ramadan, however, since it is not known on which of these days the Qur’an was revealed, Muslims often pray on each possible night.
V-J Day (U.S.): Anniversary of the 1945 surrender of Japan to Allied forces. The surrender was formally signed on September 2 aboard the USS Missouri at Tokyo Bay.
Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Christian, Catholic): Commemorates the ascent of the Virgin Mary into heaven.
Eid al-Fitr (Feast of the Breaking of the Fast) (Muslim): A celebration of the end of the Ramadan fast and a time of goodwill to all.
Women’s Equality Day (U.S.): A day set aside in 1974 to honor the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, granting voting rights to women.
March on Washington (U.S.): 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which occurred on August 28, 1963.
We invite you to visit the websites used to compile this calendar for additional information. There you will find a wealth of information on days that are recognized throughout the world. Please find the sources listed below: