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HOLIDAY TRIVIA III

21) What holiday takes place each year on February 1st?


Hula in the Coola Day was created because, basically, people in the northern states were getting sick and tired of the crappy cold weather during the winter, and by February, they were ready for some HEAT! So they decided to buy some hula skirts, toss their coats, mittens, pants, and scarves into a closet for the day, and go outside and do the hula like idiots trying to catch pneumonia.

22) What Chinese holiday celebrates the life of a famous Chinese scholar?


The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan. The festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunisolar calendar.

23) What holiday takes place the day after Halloween?


Originally in May, All Saint's Day was moved to November 1st by religious leaders in the hopes of overshadowing the Pagan holiday All Hallow's Eve (Halloween). All Saint's Day recognizes and honors all the saints of the Christian church. Historically, this day is referred to as Hallomas.

24) In what year was Father's Day first celebrated?


The very first Father's Day celebration took place in Spokane, Washington in 1910. A woman named Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea while listening to a Mother's Day sermon. Having lost her mother at an early age, Sonora was raised primarily by her father and thought he deserved a day of appreciation. Because her father was born in June, she chose June 19, 1910 to hold the first Father's Day celebration. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made it official, proclaiming the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.

25) What ancient Roman holiday was held to exorcise vampire-like ghosts of the dead?


The ancient Romans believed that Lemures, or Larvae, vampire-like ghosts of the dead, returned to haunt their living relatives and cause them harm. In order to exorcise these malevolent spirits and banish them from the home, ritual observances called Lemuria were held annually on May 9, 11, and 13. These rituals required the father of every home to rise at midnight, purify his hands, toss black beans for the spirits to gather, and entreat his dead ancestors to return to the spirit world.

26) What holiday celebrates the end of slavery in the United States?


Juneteenth Day celebrates and symbolizes the end of slavery in the United States. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. But, it was not until June 19, 1865, when General George Granger rode into Galveston, Texas with his troops and issued Order Number 3, that all slaves were finally freed.

27) What is the name of the little girl in the Nutcracker?


Clara is presented with a Nutcracker doll for Christmas and dreams that he comes to life.

28) Jack-o'-lanterns are named after what visual phenomenon?


The term jack-o'-lantern was originally used to describe the visual phenomenon ignis fatuus ("foolish fire") -- an atmospheric ghost light seen by travellers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes -- known as a will-o'-the-wisp in English folklore.

29) Where do vampire bats live?


Vampire bats do exist, but they are not from Transylvania. The common vampire bat is found in the tropics of Mexico, Central America, and South America.

30) In Frosty the Snowman (1969), who brought Frosty back to life?


In the Frosty the Snowman TV special released in 1969, Santa Claus brings Frosty back to life with a touch of Christmas snow.


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