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Diwali

The great Hindu Festival of Lights, known as Diwali, falls on October 20 this year. Celebrations and observances carry on throughout the month and feature opportunities for events on future dates for those who may have missed Diwali in Times Square on October 7. The Hindu festival celebrates victory of light over darkness, knowledge over …

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General Pulaski Memorial Day

Ever since 1929, October 11 has been General Pulaski Memorial Day, honoring the father of the U.S. Cavalry. A free-thinking, single-minded, rebellious soldier from Poland, Casimir Pulaski came to America because he believed in George Washington’s fight for freedom. His skill fighting on horseback earned him a brigadier generalship from the Continental Congress and his …

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National German-American Day

October 6 is National German-American Day! In a country that celebrates Irish ancestry in March and Italian ancestry in mid-October, it is highly appropriate to celebrate today as more Americans are descended from Germans than any other ethnicity in the world. The date was chosen in honor of the anniversary of 13 German families settling …

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National Teddy Bear Day

September 9 is National Teddy Bear Day, designated to honor the enormously popular toy that has been produced for well over 100 years. Famously named after the first native of New York City to become president of the U.S., Teddy Roosevelt, the bear honors his refusal to shoot a bear cub on a hunting trip. …

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National Book Lovers Day

August 9th is National Book Lovers Day! So get out and read, buy books, and visit libraries. New York City is the ideal place to observe the day, with its many bookstores and comfortable spots to read, from parks to atriums. If the art of books is your thing, check out exhibits at the Grolier …

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National Lighthouse Day

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the commissioning of the first federal lighthouse, August 7th was designated National Lighthouse Day in 1989. There are beautiful lighthouses in the city where you can observe the holiday, but the most famous is surely Jeffrey’s Hook Light, far better known as “the Little Red Lighthouse” on the …

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National Oyster Day

August 5 is National Oyster Day and New York City is the most perfect and poetic place to celebrate! After all, oysters play a crucial role in the city’s commercial and culinary history, having shucked and served six-million of them during the 19th century, when the Big Apple was still “the Big Oyster” and the …

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World Day Against Child Labour

June 12 was designated World Day Against Child Labour by the International Labour Organization in 2002. The effort to raise awareness and prevention of child labour internationally is regulated by the United Nations and recalls some of the most dreadful images of children’s plight recorded by Jacob Riis, while continuing to concentrate on today’s child …

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Ascension Day

The 39th day after Easter Sunday is Ascension Day, the day on which the Christian religion states Christ ascended into Heaven from the Mount of Olives. It officially closes the Easter season which opened with the grand promenade on Fifth Avenue over five weeks earlier, decked in bonnets and finery. The more solemn Ascension Day …

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National Scavenger Hunt Day

As scavenger hunts have enhanced in popularity from a weekend party game to a way to promote corporate team building and bonding, May 24 has been named National Scavenger Hunt Day. In a complex city like New York, there are many ways to engage in a scavenger hunt and many companies that sponsor hunts. Watson …

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