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International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates those who suffered during this dark time in history.
Wishing all good fortune on this first day of the Lunar / Chinese New Year.
This is the year of the Rat.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (also known as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a pastor and civil rights activist who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work.
Dr. King's actual birthday is January 15, but the holiday is observed on the third Monday of January.
Celebrate MLK Day by learning more about his work, racial injustice, and the Civil Rights Movement in America. Volunteer or donate to organizations that support human and civil rights.
While not an official holiday, Old Rock Day celebrates fossils and all types of old rocks. That's right. Rocks.
Although it's origin is not known, one theory gives credit to the cartoon family, The Flintstones, but there is no evidence to support it.
Geologists, kids, and anyone so inclined can celebrate Old Rock Day by going out to look for interesting rocks; visiting a historic site that features rocks; reading books about rocks or fossils; starting a rock collection; or doing anything that involves appreciation of old rocks and fossils.
The main thing is to have fun learning how to appreciate and enjoy - rocks.
Photo: Old rock formations near Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.
Epiphany, Feast of the Three Kings happens 12 days after Christmas, on January 6th. It is a day when Christians celebrate the arrival of the three wise men (sometimes called the Kings) who visited the baby Jesus.
Different cultures have varied celebrations, but most include special types of cake.
Ephipany is celebrated on January 19th in Eastern Orthodox churches that still follow the Julian calendar.
La Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children in Italy on the night of January 5th, Ephiphany Eve. Like Santa, she brings candy and gifts to children who were good, and leaves coal or sticks for children who weren't.
La Befana is said to sweep the floor before she leaves - symbolic of sweeping the family's problems away.
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. The proclamation freed slaves in the rebellious states, but did not end slavery in the nation at that time. It did allow African American men to join the Union Army and Navy, helping the Union to expand the freedom of all enslaved persons with each victory.