Name that country:
Until just a few years ago, it was home to the two tallest buildings in the world, the Twin Towers.
Its flag boasts over a dozen horizontal red and white stripes and a blue rectangle in the upper left corner displaying certain celestial objects.
It won its Independence from Great Britain.
(Got it yet? Okay, one more…)
Its head of state is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and its official religion is Islam.
That’s …Read more
Last Wednesday in August August 31, 2011 August 29, 2012
364 days out of the year, Buñol is a quiet, ordinary Spanish town country nestled in the foothills of the Valencia mountains about 40 kilometers from the Mediterranean coast; its population is just shy of 10,000.
But if you happen to visit Buñol on the last Wednesday of August, don’t wear your finest. You will notice that the population has tripled in size, the bulk …Read more
Today (August 30) Turkey celebrates Victory Day. The day honors those who have served in Turkey’s military and who fought heroically in the nation’s battles. Throughout the past two millennia, some of history’s greatest battles have been fought on what is now Turkish soil, but of all these, the Battle of Dumlipinar, fought in August 1922, was singled out to serve as the country’s Victory Day.
The Battle of Dumlipinar was the last …Read more
August 29, 2009
Elvis lovers around the world already celebrate the birthday of the King of Rock on January 8 each year. Is the King of Pop next?
Celebrate Michael Jackson’s Birthday at Mass Thriller Dance – Ventura California
Ways to Celebrate Michael Jackson’s Birthday in Las Vegas
“Spike Lee invites everyone to a Brooklyn style block party” to celebrate Michael Jackson’s life
If you prefer a more personal setting…
“To host your own Michael Jackson birthday party …Read more
August 29 is the remembrance of the beheading of St. John the Baptist in the Catholic calendar.
John was the revolutionary religious leader foretold the coming of Christ and who baptized Christ in the Jordan River.
St. John enraged King Herod’s wife, Queen Herodias. Herodias was the widow of Philip, King Herod’s brother. St. John publicly expressed his contempt at the union. The Queen wanted St. John executed, but Herod refused. St. John’s popularity in Judea was …Read more
Summer Bank Holiday Weekend August 28-29, 2011
The word “carnival” comes from the Latin carne vale meaning “farewell to the flesh”. It originally referred to festivals that fell just before Lent, when eating meat was forbidden. Famous pre-lenten carnivals include Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, Nice, and Trinidad.
Inspired by the world-famous Trinidad Carnival, Notting Hill takes place in August, because you’d have to be nuts to wear a thong in England in February.
The ‘Mother of Notting …Read more
Dance with joy, O peoples! Clap your hands with gladness! Gather today with fervor and jubilation; Sing with exultation. The Mother of God is about to rise in glory, Ascending from earth to heaven.
Theotokos of Kazan
It’s called the Dormition, or the “falling asleep”. On its own, falling asleep might not sound like ample reason for a feast, no matter how much you like to sleep, but it’s a very big deal …Read more
Today, the State (and former Republic) of Texas celebrates Lyndon Johnson Day, in honor of the 36th President of the United States.
Johnson’s five-year presidency was one of the most controversial and emotionally charged periods in American history—from the assassination of predecessor John F. Kennedy to the escalation of the Vietnam War to the Civil Rights movement. But what you may not know about the 36th President is that before entering politics, Johnson was a teacher.