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World Environment Day
is celebrated on the 5th of June every year, and is the United Nation's principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. WED has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually.
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Summer solstice
Since prehistory, the summer solstice (usually 20 or 21 June in the Northern hemisphere) has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by festivals and rituals.

is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day.
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International Day for Tolerance
is an annual observance day declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. It is observed on 16 November.
Thanksgiving Day
is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.
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is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.
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New Year
is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.
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Chinese New Year
usually known as the Spring Festival in modern China, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.
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Groundhog Day
is a popular tradition observed in Canada and the United States on February 2nd. It derives from the superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early.
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Valentine's Day
is celebrated annually on February 14. Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.
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Saint Patrick's Day
is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland
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World Water Day
is an annual UN observance day (always on 22 March) that highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
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World Book Day
is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright.
International Museum Day
International Museum Day (IMD) is an international day held annually on or around 18 May. Each year, museum internationally are invited to participate in IMD to promote the role of museums around in the world.
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Celebrations. Special occasions
In this lesson, students will read about special days and holidays; practise writing and saying dates; discuss celebrations around the world; write about a special day.