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Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 21 was declared Squirrel Appreciation Day in 2001 by North Carolina wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove, who says celebration can take any form from leaving out extra food for squirrels to learning something new about the species. In the green spaces of New York City, squirrels live so close to their human neighbors that they …

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National Pharmacist Day

January 12 is National Pharmacist Day and focuses not just on the profession itself, but its evolution from a simple dispensary in an apothecary shop to a university-trained medical professional. As one advocate says, “Pharmacists help us feel so much better, and only ever see us at our worst.” But part of the charm of …

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National Trivia Day

It’s no secret that, here at Beautiful New York, we love trivia! So, on January 4, we celebrate National Trivia Day. Whether we’re publishing questions on Trivia Tuesday, or sharing fun facts while guiding tours of New York City (including the old Toy Center neighborhood where some of our fellow tour guides worked as card …

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Global Family Day

Originally dubbed “One Day of Peace”, January 1 was promoted as Global Family Day in the late 1990’s by peace activist and writer Linda Grover. Acknowledging that the world in which we live is chaotic and fast-paced (adjectives that can certainly be applied to New York City), and that families often find themselves spending more …

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St. Stephen’s Day

December 26 is the Feast of St. Stephen, the observance best remembered in modern culture in the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas”. An official holiday in Ireland, the commemoration of the first Christian martyr is worth marking in any culture that has a sizable Catholic population, which New York certainly does. If you would like …

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Pancha Ganapati Begins

Today is the first day of Pancha Ganapati, the 5-day Hindu celebration of family, harmony, repentance, forgiveness, and gifts. Not common in eastern Hinduism, the holiday was established by a westerner in 1985, determined to bring Hindu culture and values further to light in the west. With each day represented by a different color and …

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National Saxophone Day

November 6 is National Saxophone Day, so named in honor of the birth of the Belgian instrument designer who invented it, Adolphe Sax. Best associated with that most New York of music styles, Jazz, the saxophone can be heard in clubs, parks, and theatre orchestra pits. You can hear the saxophone at any of the …

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National Authors’ Day

November 1 is National Authors’ Day! Established in 1928 by a women’s club president who was deeply moved by the receipt of a free copy of her favorite author’s next book after she wrote him a fan letter, National Author’s Day was made an official observance by the U.S. government in 1949. Writing fan letters …

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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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