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Posted on: July 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Culutural Awareness: July Celebrations

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The following celebrations occur in the month of July:

July 3 - DHARMA DAY: Also known as Asalha Puja, it commemorates the historical Buddha's first discourse following his spiritual awakening.  

July 4 - INDEPENDENCE DAY: This is the most significant holiday in July, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It is celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, and various patriotic events throughout the country.

NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH:  July is designated as National Ice Cream Month in the U.S. It's a time to indulge in this beloved frozen treat and celebrate its deliciousness!

July 10 - MARTYRDOM OF THE BÁB: Bahá’í Observance of the anniversary of the execution by a firing squad in Tabríz, Persia, of the 30-year-old Siyyid ‘Alí-Muhammad, the Báb, the prophet-herald of the Bahá’í Faith. 

July 14 - BASTILLE DAY: Bastille Day is celebrated by some communities in the U.S., particularly those with French heritage. It marks the French National Day and commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, which played a significant role in the French Revolution.

July 19 - August 16 - MUHARRAM: The month of Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic liturgical year. This first day, al-Hijra, remembers the migration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE. It also marks the beginning of the ten-day Shīʿite Remembrance of Muharram, a period of intense grief and martyrdom of Hussein, the son of Ali and grandson of Muhammad.

July 24  - PIONEER DAY:  Pioneer Day is primarily celebrated in Utah to commemorate the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. It includes parades, fireworks, reenactments, and other festivities. 

July 26 - AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) DAY: Commemorates the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

July 27 - TISH’A B’AV: Mourning of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE.

July 28 - ASHURA: A day of fasting observed on the 10th day of the month of Muharram to celebrate Moses’ exodus from Egypt. For Shi’a Muslims, it also marks the climax of the ten-day remembrance of Muharram, which mourns the martyrdom of Hussein at the Battle of Kerbala.

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