Poisson d'Avril -
Lundi 1 Avril 2019
Cartes/Fleurs : As the story goes, in 1564, France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day, instead of the last week of March which was previously observed. In 1582, the Pope followed suit. Those who went on celebrating April 1st were mocked. As the zodiacal sign was the fish, The French placed dead fish on the backs of one another. Traditions vary from country to country.
Dimanche 1 Avril 2018
Catholique ou protestante : Not a paid holiday
Fête du Travail -
Mardi 1 Mai 2018
Jour férié laïc : Chicago, samedi 1er mai 1886 une grève pour la journée des 8 heures mobilise 350.000 salariés et paralyse l'industrie dans tout le pays. Le lundi, les manifestations continuent. La police tire sur la foule. Le mardi, Chicago est à nouveau en grève. Suite à une bombe jetée dans leurs rangs, les policiers tirent. Bilan : 12 morts dont la moitié de policiers. 8 anarchistes seront condamnés à mort et exécutés. En 1889, l'Internationale Socialiste réunie à Paris déclare le 1er mai journée internationale de lutte des travailleurs . Les Soviétiques reprendront cette célébration à leur compte, puis les nazis et enfin, en France, le régime de Vichy (1940-1944), qui lui donne une nouvelle orientation, la Fête du Travail .
Fête des Mères -
Dimanche 6 Mai 2018
Cartes/Fleurs : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year.
One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world.
Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day.
In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation.