Thursday, September 1, 2016

September 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!**


September follows on from Quinitlis and Sextilis, in that it comes from the Latin wordseptem, meaning 'seven'. As with those (and the rest of the calendar), the numbering is a bit off now: September was originally the seventh month in an ancient Roman ten-month calendar, which started with March.

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

- Read a book with the number SEVEN in the title OR a book that is 7th in a series
Seventh Grave and No Body Darynda Jones 9/26/16

1. Labor Day - September 5 (U.S.)
The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894 and was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations' strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times.

Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations and many businesses are closed. Some public celebrations, such as fireworks displays, picnics and barbecues, are organized.

- Read a book where a business/school shuts down
- Read a book published in September
- Read a book where a character works for a living 
Wrong Place, Right Time Elle Casey 9/7/16

2. Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day - September 10 (U.S.)
In the 1980's, a man named Carl Garner organized a large citizen cleanup of the area around Greers Ferry Lake. Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day evolved as a result of Garner’s work. The day was created in 1985 by the Federal Lands Cleanup Act as the "Federal Lands National Cleanup Day". It was renamed in 1995 to honor Carl Garner.

Each year the president of the United States issues a proclamation calling on people to observe Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. Each federal land management agency organizes cleanup and maintenance activities together with volunteers and state and local authorities. Activities that occur on the day aim to: continue public and private sector cooperation in preserving the beauty and safety of these areas; increase people’s sense of ownership and community pride in these areas; reduce litter along federal lands; and maintain and improve trails, recreation areas, waterways, and facilities.

- Read a book with a landscape on the cover
- Read a book set in the 80's
- Read a book with a character or author named Carl 
Ruthless Lexi Blake 9/1/16

3. Grandparents Day - September 11 (U.S.)
National Grandparents Day has more than one origin. Some people consider it to have been first proposed by Michael Goldgar in the 1970s after he visited his aunt in an Atlanta nursing home, Spending $11,000 of his own money in lobbying efforts to have the day officially recognized, he made 17 trips to Washington DC over a seven-year span to meet with legislators. Others consider Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia, to have been the main driver for the day of observance. Throughout the 1970s McQuade worked hard to educate the people about the important contributions senior citizens made and the contributions that they would be willing to make if asked. She also urged people to adopt a grandparent, not for one day a year and not for material giving, but for a lifetime of experience. National Grandparents Day was finally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.

Many people honor their grandparents through a range of activities such as gift-giving, card-giving, and for children to invite their grandparents to school for a day where they participate in special lessons or special assembly programs. Many school students take part in story-telling activities that relate to their grandparents, as well as art or poster competitions where children often use a story about their grandparents in their artwork.

- Read a book where a grandparent plays a major role 
Forever Mine: Callaghan Brothers, Book 9 Abbie Zanders 9/2/16
- Read a book written by an author who shares your grandmother or grandfathers name
- Read a book that a friend thought was grand (4 or 5 stars)


4. Sacrifice Feast - September 12 (Turkey)
The Sacrifice Feast is one of the oldest Islamic holidays in Turkey. It commemorates the story about Prophet Abraham who showed obedience to God by agreeing to sacrifice his son. God then sent him a ram to be sacrificed instead. The Sacrifice Feast comes about 70 days after the Ramadan Feast. According to old belief it is unlucky to get married or start a new business in the period between these two holidays.

Traditionally, on the first day of the Sacrifice Feast in Turkey, men of each family go to a mosque for a special morning prayer. Then the sacrifice ritual begins. In some regions in Turkey, people paint the sacrificial animal with henna and adorn it with ribbons. The butcher reads a prayer before slaughtering the animal. Families share about two-thirds of the animal’s meat with relatives and neighbors, and they traditionally give about one-third to the poor.

- Read a book where a character makes a sacrifice Porn Star Laurelin Paige 9/9/16
- Read a book with a food item on the cover
- Read a book with a character or author named Abraham


5. Cry of Dolores - September 15 (Mexico)
The day of the Cry of Dolores is an important event leading up to Mexico’s Independence Day celebrations. One of Mexico’s greatest heroes Miguel Hidalgo is believed to have made the cry of independence in the town of Dolores, in the north-central part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Hidalgo was one of the nation’s leaders during the War of Independence in Mexico. There is no scholarly agreement on Hidalgo’s exact words, but his speech – the cry of Dolores – was made on September 16, 1810 to motivate people to revolt against the Spanish regime. Hidalgo’s army fought against the Spanish soldiers for independence, but he was captured and executed on July 30, 1811. Mexico's independence was not declared until September 28, 1821.

On the night of the Cry of Dolores, the Mexican president rings a bell at the National Palace in Mexico City at 11pm. The president then shouts the cry of patriotism, based on the Cry of Dolores, also called the cry of independence. The following day, Independence Day, is a public holiday in Mexico.

- Read a book with a bell on the cover
- Read a book where a character cries Close to You Kristen Proby 9/10/16
- Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in HIDALGO

6. Day of Melilla - September 17 (Spain)
The Day of Melilla in Spain marks the anniversary of September 17, 1497 when soldiers of the Duke of Medina Sidonia, lead by Don Pedro de Estopiñán, stormed the city. They claimed Melilla for the Crown of Castile, an Iberian dynasty. These events are marked each year on Melilla Day. Some people in Melilla do not celebrate the Day of Melilla, as they feel that the city should not be under Spanish control, but part of Morocco.

Some people mark the Day of Melilla with parties and other celebrations. For others, it is a day off work to spend quietly with family members and close friends. Some people also use the day to protest.

- Read a book where a protest is held
- Read a book with a "quiet" cover (light colors, quiet scene, etc)
- Read a book where a character is controlled by someone/something 

Smith Olivia Chase 9/14/16

7. Emancipation Day - September 22 (U.S.)
On September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary proclamation, which required all states to abandon slavery within 100 days. It declared all slaves “thenceforth and forever more free”. The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863.

Emancipation Day has been observed annually since 1863. Today's celebration includes concerts, historic re-enactments, food and a wide range of other activities.

- Read a book with a main page genre of History or Historical (can be fiction)
- Read a book published on the 22nd of any month
- Read a book with a title that starts with any letter in FREEDOM

Fight You Cynthia Dane 9/4/16

8. Constitutional Day - September 24 (Cambodia)
To avoid further attacks from the Thais and Vietnamese, the Cambodian government allowed the French to colonise areas of Cambodia. In 1941, Cambodia was occupied by Japanese forces. The Japanese occupiers originally allowed the French officials to maintain their posts in Cambodia, but this decision was revoked when the Japanese forces began to lose World War II. To win the favour of Cambodia, the Japanese occupiers arrested the French officials and made a promise that Cambodia would be granted independence after the war. When Japan was defeated by the Americans, French powers recaptured Cambodia. Because of their collaboration with the Japanese, Cambodians were not allowed to participate in political affairs.

In 1953, the French forces left Cambodia. King Sihanouk took control of the Cambodian government. Unfortunately, it did not take long for internal strife to interrupt this period of peace. Sihanouk was exiled by 1970, and communists took control of the Cambodian government by 1975. They established the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge was forced out of power when Vietnamese forces invaded Cambodia. In 1993 CE, Sihanouk returned to Cambodia as a constitutional monarch. Cambodia is now relatively peaceful. Constitution Day allows the Cambodian people to hope for an optimistic future after nearly 1,000 years of violence and hardship.

- Read a book that would be considered R-rated (violence, sex, drugs, etc)
Elemental Pleasure Mari Carr 9/2/16
- Read a book with an optimistic character
- Read a book with over 1,000 Goodreads reviews


9. Gold Star Mothers Day - September 25 (U.S.)
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is an organization of mothers whose sons or daughters served and died while serving their nation in times of war or conflict. It organizes major events that take place on or around Gold Star Mothers Day each year. Previous activities included a Gold Star flower wreath laying service, as well as an afternoon tour of President Lincoln’s cottage in Washington DC.

Each year on Gold Star Mother's Day the United States president calls on all Americans to display the nation's flag and hold appropriate meetings to publicly express their love, sorrow, and reverence towards Gold Star Mothers and their families. Government buildings are also required to display the flag.

- Read a book with a star on the cover
- Read a book where a parent loses a child
- Read a book about love or sorrow 
First Time in Forever Sarah Morgan 9/5/16

10. Botswana Day - September 30 (Botswana)
Botswana Day commemorates the independence of Botswana from the United Kingdom in 1966. In the 19th century, hostilities broke out between several tribes that laid claims to the territory of present-day Botswana. The tensions escalated when the Boer settlers arrived from the Transvaal. Eventually, a group of Batswana leaders asked the British government for protection. In 1885, the Bechuanaland Protectorate was officially established. In 1961, Seretse Khama founded the Bechuanaland Democratic Party that struggled for the protectorate's independence. Three years later, Bechuanaland was granted democratic-self government. The first general elections were held in 1965, following the adoption of the constitution. On September 30, 1996, Botswana officially became an independent republic within the Commonwealth with Seretse Khama as its first President.

Botswana Independence Day is the country's main national holiday. It is widely celebrated throughout the country with official speeches, ceremonies, parades, street parties, concerts, and other festive events and activities. The main celebration is held in the capital city of Gaborone.

- Read a book with a lot of tension between characters
- Read a book published on the 30th of any month
- Read a book with a title that starts with any letter in BOTSWANA
Stuck-Up Suit Vi Keeland 9/6/16 

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