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Presidents Day is a time to pay respects to the leaders of this country, and individuals in senior living may want to start these festivities early by honoring former President Abraham Lincoln on his birthday, Feb. 12. You may have your own ideas when it comes to recognizing this remarkable man, but one of the best ways to do so is by familiarizing yourself with Lincoln's life. If you aren't aware of Honest Abe's personal narrative, here is an overview of his legacy:
The first Groundhog Day in the U.S. was celebrated in 1887, an interpretation of a European tradition of predicting the upcoming weeks of weather by observing the shadow of a hedgehog. According to The History Channel, settlers in Punxsutawney, Pa., couldn't locate a hedgehog, so they went for the closest option they had - a groundhog.
On the evening of Dec. 31, people across the U.S. will be dressing up to welcome in the new year. While American traditions typically include sharing a drink and fond memories of the past 12 months, these aren't the norm everywhere in the world.
How much do you know about Kwanzaa? You're probably familiar with Kwanzaa as a holiday, but are you aware of the day's meaning and traditions? Dec. 26, 2013, will mark the 47th anniversary of Kwanzaa's founding, and the date offers the perfect opportunity for people in senior living to familiarize themselves with the holiday and share what they learn.
Millions of people have made drinking a cup of coffee part of their morning routine. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the U.S. spends upwards of $40 billion on coffee each year, and about 54 percent of adults drink at least one cup a day. Given the important role the beverage plays in everyday life, it should come as no surprise that it has its own holiday, and caffeine consumers can raise their mug Sept. 29 to toast National Coffee Day.
The Constitution forms the backbone of life in the U.S. Whether it's providing us with freedom of speech, laying out laws for elections or determining what rights we have as citizens, the document holds a hallowed place in the minds of many Americans. The Constitution is also closely tied with what it means to be an American citizen, and Sept. 17 - the day the Constitution was adopted - is designated as a celebration of both the document and those who have completed the path to citizenship.
For the last 12 years, Sept. 11 has carried a considerable emotional weight. It's almost impossible to spend the day without thinking about the more than 2,970 lives that were lost in 2001, and each year since then the country has marked Sept. 11 as Patriot Day. Initially designated as a time for prayer and remembrance, Patriot Day is among the most solemn occasions in the U.S., and there are a variety of different observances around the country.
While many people marked the unofficial end of summer over Labor Day weekend, members of the Jewish community were likely gearing up for arrival of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Set for celebration between sunset Sept. 4 through nightfall Sept. 6, the holiday is the first of the High Holy Days and holds a place among the most important observances to those of the Jewish faith.