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Matariki (New Zealand)

In Māori culture, Matariki is the Pleiades star cluster and a celebration of its first rising in late June or early July. This marks the beginning of the new year in the Māori lunar calendar. (Wikipedia)

Bastille Day (France)

The French National Day is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a major event of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération that celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. (Wikipedia)

Marine Day / Umi No Hi (Japan)

Marine Day also known as "Ocean Day" or "Sea Day", is a public holiday in Japan usually celebrated on the third Monday in July. The purpose of the holiday is to give thanks for the ocean's bounty and to consider the importance of the ocean to Japan as a maritime nation. (Wikipedia)


In Shia Islam this is a day for mourning the death of Husayn ibn Ali, grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. In Sunni Islam this is a day for commemorating God's parting of the Red Sea and his salvation of Moses and the Israelites from their slavery under the pharaoh. Wikipedia

Nelson Mandela’s Birthday

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. (Wikipedia)

Asalha Puja – Dharma Day

Asalha Puja is one of Theravada Buddhism's most important festivals celebrating the teaching of Buddha following his enlightenment. These teaching include the four noble truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. Wikipedia

Guru Purnima (Hindu)

Guru Purnima is a is a religious festival dedicated to offering respect to all the spiritual and academic gurus for some Jain, Hindus, and Buddhists. Wikipedia

The 17th of Tammuz

The Seventeenth of Tammuz is a Jewish fast day commemorating the breach of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple. It falls on the 17th day of the 4th Hebrew month of Tammuz and marks the beginning of the three-week mourning period leading up to Tisha B'Av. The day also traditionally... Read More

Simón Bolívar Day (Latin America)

Simón Bolívar (24 July 1783 – 17 December 1830) was a Venezuelan military and political leader who led what are currently the countries of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Bolivia to independence from the Spanish Empire. He is known colloquially as El Libertador, or the Liberator of America. (Wikipedia)