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Upcoming Holidays, Holy Days and Observances

We have a diverse school community, and live in a diverse world, and at Meridian School we believe it is important as IB learners that we cultivate our International Mindedness. One way to do this is to inquire about customs and beliefs with which we might be unfamiliar, as well as looking more deeply into our own traditions. In this section, shared each week in Lions Share, we try to provide an even-handed representation of some of the important observances of our diverse school and world.
 
Holidays and Holy Days over the Summer
 
LGBTQ+ Pride Month
June is recognized as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The origins of this observance lie in the Stonewall Inn riots of June 28, 1969. The next year, in commemoration of the riots, activists in organized a Gay Pride Week and the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade in New York City, which eventually became the New York City Pride March and sparked similar observances around the world. President Bill Clinton first recognized June as Pride Month in 1999.
 
Flag Day
June 14 is Flag Day. According to USFlag.org, the idea of celebrating the “birthday” of the US flag originated in 1885 when a Wisconsin teacher had pupils commemorate June 14, chosen because 108 years earlier the “stars and stripes” flag had been officially adopted by the US Congress.
 
The commemoration spread, and in 1916 Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 to be “Flag Day”, and in 1949 President Truman signed an Act of Congress officially designating the day. So fly the stars and stripes on June 14!

Juneteenth
On June 19, 1865, United States General Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with news that the US Civil War had ended with the surrender of the Confederacy to the Union, and all slaves in Texas were now free.
 
Celebrations of this date were coined “Juneteenth” which is typically celebrated with a variety of activities, which according to Juneteenth.com include “rodeos, fishing, barbecuing, and baseball.”
 
Summer Solstice
June 20, 2020 is Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere, the date when the sun at its zenith is farthest from the equator and the day is longest. In the southern hemisphere, this date is winter solstice, and the day is shortest.

Fathers Day
June 20, 2021 is a day for children of all ages to show appreciation for their fathers and father figures. Mothers Day came first, with the first recognition going back to the 1860s and becoming a national holiday in 1914. According to the Readers Digest website, the origins of Fathers Day lie begin in “1908 when a church in West Virginia held a sermon to honor 362 men who were killed the previous year in a coal mining explosion.” The next year, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd began working for the establishment of a national Fathers Day. It was celebrated in her home state of Washington in 1910, and then spread from state to state, but did not become a national holiday until President Nixon signed a 1972 law.
 
Around the world, Fathers Day is commemorated on different dates. In Europe, like in the United States, Fathers Day is the third Sunday in June. In Australia and Fiji it is the first Sunday in September, and in South America it is generally March 19.