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Chag Chanukah Sameach! Have a happy Hanukkah holiday!

This year the traditional Jewish festival begins at sunset on Sunday, December 2, and lasts until sunset on Monday, December 10. Even though we are observing Hanukkah in the first week of the winter, we can turn the eight-day celebration into the warmest time of the year.

Shhh… Can you hear that? It seems someone (or something) is coming to the door of your house and is going to knock. You freeze and listen to silence, which will be shattered by a sudden hit at the door in a matter of seconds. Bang, bang, bang! It’s Halloween! Hurry up to welcome it! And don’t forget about the sweets you wisely stocked up on.

Let’s make your Halloween celebration ghoulishly delightful! We will need some startling themed decorations and a fang-tastic festive menu.

Columbus Day, Native Americans’ Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, or Discover Day – whatever name you consider proper to call this day – is coming to remind us about the deed of Christopher Columbus and his crew, which changed the course of history.

On October 12, 1492, the Italian-Spanish navigator and 90 sailors landed on a Bahamian island after a four-month journey. And if someone had told him then how much his discovery would be influencing lives of hundreds of millions of people for many centuries ahead, he would have only laughed at that weirdo and told him to go take some rest in the cabin.

What does Rosh Hashanah mean to you? This Jewish holiday marks the anniversary of the creation of the universe, the beginning of a new year, and a warm family get-together after the prayer service.

That is why Rosh Hashanah is certainly one of the most anticipated celebrations. It reminds of the value of life, gives hope for a change to the better, and unites people. No matter what you prefer to compare life with, a circle or a spiral, and even if you don’t really care about all this geometry, Rosh Hashanah still may and will signify a brand-new stage of your life, where you can improve what you have and to realize what you’ve been dreaming of.

It takes courage and faith to do great things. The Founding Fathers of the United States definitely had both, since they dared commit what was considered treason and could be punished by death, but managed to open a new page in the world’s history and unite a new nation.

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved and 12 colonies adopted the original draft of the actual Declaration of Independence, composed mostly by Thomas Jefferson.

Before we begin, let’s check what astronomy has to tell us this year. With the latest advances in space research and rocketry, it’s almost impossible to miss what’s happening high up above our heads.

History tells us that in the 4th century AD, it was established that Easter Sunday had to fall on or immediately follow the full moon right after the March Equinox. Additionally, the date of the holiday must be taken as the 14th day of the lunar month, the time period between two new moons. History also tells us that the beginning of spring is marked by day and night on Earth being equal length.

February 14 smells of roses, chocolate, and perfume. This special day is one full of beautiful music, the most important words we can ever tell our loved ones, and great food.

From dawn to dusk of this holiday, we feel special, inspired, and hopeful. Even the fact that Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday this year, right in the middle of another workweek, won’t get us down. On the contrary, it means that we can have a little celebration on Wednesday and a slightly bigger one on the weekend.

There always must be something to remind us about miracles that happened to us. And there always must be something to give us some time for enjoying those pleasant memories. It looks like nothing could combine these two features more perfectly than some festival. Such as Chanukah.

Even our early preparations for this holiday seem to be pervaded with an unexplainable expectation of a wonder. It comes to you while you’re looking for the best place to put a menorah, or when you’re anticipating the family reunion. You can feel it while purchasing presents for your dearest and nearest, or when planning a menu for a lavish Chanukah dinner.

Now think about your warmest memory of or association with Thanksgiving Day. Got it? Then try to keep this image in your mind for a while and feel the warmth and comfort filling the space around you.

Can you smell your favorite apple pie? Or do you see yourself and your family sitting on the sofa and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, while the stuffed turkey is peacefully cooking in the kitchen? This November be ready to add a new portion of pleasing impressions to your Thanksgiving Day memories collection!

If you have not crossed a hearty summer-inspired picnic off your to-do list yet, the first Monday of the coming September is going to be the right date to go for one. And if you have already crossed it off…Well, nothing can prevent you from adding it to the list again and planning it for September 4th! Have you already guessed what the occasion is?

Right, it is Labor Day! Plus one day off to wave friendly goodbye to the summer 2017, remember its brightest moments, and toast it for them.

Can you remember these words? “Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land praise the power that hath made and preserved us as nation!” Right, these lines are taken from “The Star-Spangled Banner”, from the last verse, to be precise.