Monday, January 18, 2010

National Holidays

I have often wondered why there is a federally recognized Martin Luther King Day, or a Washington's Birthday (often called President's Day to include Lincoln and other presidents), or a Columbus Day, while other people equally as important in history are not recognized. Why Martin Luther King and not Dred Scott? Why Washington and not Paul Revere? Why is there no Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day - known for her part in women's suffrage? Certainly she changed the lives of millions of women.

I did a little research and found that federal holidays are designated by the U.S. Congress and those holidays allow the closure of federal institutions. National holidays are holidays that are declared by the President of the United States and they are in name only, no banks, schools, or federal institutions will be closed.

You've probably heard of Inauguration Day, but did you know it was a federal holiday that occurs every four years following the presidential election? I don't recall the post office being closed that day, but I guess it has been.

There are a slew of national holidays, apparently more than any one website can list, and many holidays are on the same day. Did you know that this week we have had National Nothing Day, Kid Inventor's Day, and today is Winnie The Pooh Day?

And if you didn't already know it, August 26 is Women's Equality Day, which is the day Harry Burn cast the deciding vote on the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Way to go Harry Burn!

Until next time, may you have blessings and a great Martin Luther King Day,
Marti

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