Monday, August 1, 2016

SFRC August Holiday Haul

Stress Free Reading Challenges discussion on goodreads



Does anyone else love celebrating as much as me? Whether it be New Year's, Christmas, or Easter, you can have so much fun gathering with family, binge eating on yummy foods, or getting down on the dance floor.

I know you need some more excuses to party hard and celebrate, so I've hauled in some holidays from all over the world. Get ready to mark your calendars!

In the posts below are 10 holidays with 3 tasks associated with each one. Choose one task from each holiday (or complete them all!) and read a book that fits that task. I know most of you will want to complete the challenge within the month, but that is not a requirement. Relax and enjoy some stress-free celebratory reading!

**Be on the lookout for a Holiday Haul each month!**


This month was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first month of the year. About 700 BC it became the eighth month when January and February were added. In 8 BC, Julius Caesar renamed it in honor of Augustus, the founder of the Roman Empire and its first Emperor, ruling from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD.

If you complete this bonus task for August, you will receive a special souvenir! (All souvenirs can be found in post 4 of this thread)

- Read a book with the word EMPEROR or EMPIRE in the title

1. Picnic Day - August 1 (Australia)
Picnic Day is observed in Australia’s Northern Territory on the first Monday of August each year. According to one source, Picnic Day was originally declared a public holiday so railway employees could go to Adelaide River to enjoy a picnic. However, another story tells that it stemmed from a race meeting on November 27, 1947, that grew into what is now known as the Harts Range annual races. The meeting, which included riding, a barbecue and a dance, was such a big success that it became an annual event. An application was made to the Northern Territory Administrator for a central Australian holiday to be granted to coincide with the Harts Range Amateur Racing Club’s future meetings. The administrator agreed to it and the holiday was gazetted as “Picnic Day”.

Many people observe Picnic Day as part of a long weekend when they can go on short trips or relax at home. Some people use the day to go on a picnic lunch at a park or at other outdoor places. Sporting events, such as baseball and netball games, are also held on the day.

- Read a book published in August
- Read a book where a character goes on a picnic

Marrying Daisy Bellamy Susan Wiggs 8/2/16
- Read a book where a character attends a sporting event

2. Purple Heart Day - August 7 (U.S.)
Purple Heart Day is an observance that commemorates the creation of the Purple Heart Medal in 1782. The holiday also encourages people to pay their respects to fallen soldiers, to listen to the stories of soldiers and veterans, and to thank them for their service to the nation. The Purple Heart was first created on August 7, 1782 by the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington. According to a circular dated February 22, 1932, Purple Heart Medals were to be awarded to those wounded or killed while serving in the United States Armed Forces as a result of enemy action. Today, in addition to being awarded to those who fight wars overseas, the Purple Heart is also given to military personnel who display bravery and valor as prisoners of war and while fighting certain types of domestic terrorists.

The Purple Heart is a heart shaped purple medal with a gold border. The front has a profile of George Washington, while the back has the words "for military merit" inscribed on it. The medal is attached to a piece of purple silk with a silver border.

- Read a book with a purple cover
Carolina Girl (Dare Island, #2) by Virginia Kantra Virginia Kantra 8/1/16
- Read a book with 1, 7, 8, and 2 in the ISBN number
- Read a book with a brave character

3. Friendship Day - August 7 (India)
Friendship Day is a day for celebrating friendship, of course! Friendship Day is celebrated by many countries, but on different dates. India celebrates the holiday on the first Sunday in August. Friendship Day was originally promoted by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1930, was intended to be held on August 2 and a day when people celebrated their friendships by sending cards. The second of August was chosen as the centre of the largest lull between holiday celebrations.

Some friends acknowledge each other with exchanges of gifts and cards on this day. Friendship bands are very popular in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and parts of South America. With the advent of social networking sites, Friendship Day is also being celebrated online.

- Read a book where a friendship is made
- Read a book with a present or card on the cover
- Read a book with a title that starts with any letter in FRIEN
Don't Let Go Jaci Burton 8/4/16

4. Peace Festival - August 8 (Germany)
The Augsburg Peace Festival in Germany is celebrated on August 8 each year. It commemorates the Protestants' loss of religious freedom in the city of Augsburg in 1629. It also celebrates the implementation of the Peace of Westphalia. This restored Protestants' religious freedom. The Augsburg Declaration of Religious Freedom guaranteed Protestants the right to practice their faith in the city of Augsburg in 1555. The first Augsburg Peace Festival was held on August 8, 1650. Between 1651 and 1739, the city marked the occasion by presenting the city's children with picture books illustrated with etchings. The Augsburg Peace Festival has enjoyed special protection in German law since 1950.

There is a special church service for members of all Christian faiths in Augsburg on August 8 each year. There is also a festive market in the city and a competition for school children to create art representing "peace". Once every three years, Augsburg’s mayor announces the Augsburg Peace Prize winner.

- Read a book with pictures or illustrations in it
- Read a book with a church or church-like structure on the cover
- Read a book with the word "peace" in the text 
loc 288 Tangled Up in Blue J.D. Brick 8/3/16

5. Double Seven Festival - August 9 (China)
The Double Seventh Festival (Qixi Festival) is one of Chinese traditional festivals, and also known as a Chinese Valentine's Day. It falls on the seventh day of the seventh Chinese lunar month. In 2016, it falls on August 9 (Tuesday). It is believed that the Qixi Festival originated from the romantic legend of Niulang the cowherd and Zhinu the weaver girl. The legend is popular among Chinese people.

The traditional customs of celebrating this day are disappearing... Now people usually celebrate Chinese Valentine's Day by giving flowers, chocolates, and other presents to their loves instead of doing the traditional customs.

- Read a book with a main page genre of Romance Unconditional Melody Grace 8/5/16
- Read a book with a heart on the cover
- Read a book with double numbers in the page count (ex: 200, 544, etc)

6. San Martin Day - August 15 (Argentina)
Celebrated on the third Monday in August, this holiday commemorates the death of Jose de San Martin. Jose Francisco de San Martin y Matorras was an Argentine general and the principal leader of the successful struggle for independence from Spain by the southern nations of South America. He is regarded as the most important Argentinian founding father, who liberated not only a part of Argentina but also helped liberate Chile and Peru along with O'Higgins and Bolivar. As a national holiday, all people in Argentina have off on this day.

- Read a book with a title that starts with A Always Enough Stacy Borel 8/6/16
- Read a book with a general in the story
- Read a book with an author or character named Jose

7. Discovery Day - August 15 (Canada)
Discovery Day is a public holiday in the Canadian territory of Yukon on the third Monday of August. It commemorates the anniversary of the discovery of gold in Bonanza Creek in the 19th century. The history of Yukon’s Discovery Day can be traced back to when George Washington Carmack discovered gold at Bonanza Creek, Yukon, on August 17, 1896. His discovery triggered a gold rush involving many miners and traders in North America. More than 30,000 people poured into the Klondike region over the next couple of years, sparking the formation of Dawson and the construction of the Yukon narrow-gage railway. But the Klondike boom was short-lived and many miners were replaced by companies using mechanical mining techniques early in the 20th century.

After the gold rush, the Yukon Order of Pioneers persuaded Yukon’s Territorial Council to celebrate Discovery Day as a public holiday in 1911. In the following year, the holiday was a big event celebrated with a parade, speeches, a sports day, balloons, refreshments, a football match and a dance, among other activities.

- Read a book with a gold item on the cover
- Read a book where a character makes a discovery Breanne discovers a dead body.
Get A Clue Jill Shalvis 8/7/16
- Read a book that takes place in Canada

8. National Aviation Day - August 19 (U.S.)
National Aviation Day is observed in the United States each year to celebrate the history and development of aviation. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed August 19 to be National Aviation Day. The day coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright, who piloted the Wright Flyer. He and his brother Wilbur are given credit for building the world’s first successful airplane with aircraft controls that enabled them to steer the plane. Orville Wright made the first flight for 12 seconds and 120 feet around the site of Wright Brothers National Memorial on December 17, 1903. They were not the first to build and fly an experimental aircraft but they are the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed wing flight possible.

On this day, some schools organize for students to participate in classroom activities that focus on the topic of aviation. Activities include: discussing aviation history, including the efforts of the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart and other aviation pioneers; and engaging in interactive tasks about airplanes and other means of flight transport, as well as careers associated with the aviation industry. Aviation enthusiasts and students may visit museums about aviation history and technology. Some people visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina at this time of the year.

- Read a book with a plane on the cover
- Read a book set in North Carolina Carolina Man Virginia Kantra 8/9/16
- Read a book where the author's first and last initial can be found in AVIATION

9. Senior Citizens Day - August 21 (U.S. & other countries)
National Senior Citizens Day recognizes contributions senior citizens make in communities across the United States. The day was also created to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens. Some people celebrate Senior Citizens Day on August 14 as it was the day past US president Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935. However, in 1988, Ronald Reagan, who was the US president at the time, declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day.

Various events and activities are organized on Senior Citizens Day to raise awareness of supporting older people and recognizing their achievements. Some people raise awareness through social media and news stories, while others organize special community gatherings inviting senior citizens, their families, friends and volunteers. 

- Read a book with an older character
- Read a book with 21 intact in the page count
- Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in SENIOR 
Ever Enough Stacy Borel 8/6/16

10. Women's Equality Day - August 26 (U.S.)
Women's Equality Day celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States' Constitution on August 26, 1920. The amendment granted women the right to vote for the first time and was a result of the women's suffrage movement in the country. Women's Equality Day was first celebrated in 1971 after the Congress passed a resolution to mark the occasion annually. The proposal to do so was made by Representative and feminist Bella Abzug. The purpose behind the creation of this holiday was to raise awareness about the importance of gender equality in society and to recognize the hard work and sacrifices made by the pioneers in the suffrage movement.

Women's rights organizations and groups that work in the area of voting rights celebrate this day by holding seminars and workshops that address issues and problems currently faced by women in the country. Schools and educators take the day as an opportunity to educate students of the long and often difficult journey of the women's rights movement to gain basic human rights.

- Read a book written by a woman Hollywood Lights Lana Xavier 8/1/16
- Read a book with a female main character
- Read a book where the author's first and last initial can be found in EQUALITY

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