Post Quiz: What's the Holiday About?
This week, people in England celebrate Guy Fawkes Day in remembrance of a famous terrorist plot. In 1605. Do you know these other historically-based holidays? Answer the questions to prove you're a real history buff.
- Let's start with an easy one. The French celebrate the day when the citizenry had had enough, and stormed the Bastille. What day is that?
- What historical event is commemorated on Easter Monday?
- On 18 February next year, Americans will celebrate George Washington's birthday. Why is that weird?
- Forty days after Easter, Austrians (among others) celebrate Ascension Day. Who did what on this day?
- In Iceland, the first Monday in August is Verslunarmannahelgi. What are they celebrating?
- Everybody else celebrates Halloween on 31 October. In Ireland, where it started, they have the last Monday in October off. What is the name of this auspicious holiday?
- Defence of the Fatherland (Motherland) Day in Russia is 23 February. What did it used to be called?
- 30 April is Walpurgisnacht, which in addition to being a big witch-y holiday, is a public holiday in Sweden. What was significant about it in medieval Sweden?
- In Israel, there's a solemn holiday called the Fast of the Ninth of Av. What does it commemorate?
- The Chinese festival of Chung Yeung is held on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. What legendary event explains this tradition?
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