federal holidays in the united states

Vertrag zwischen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik über die Herstellung der Einheit Deutschlands

That’s what Germany is celebrating on today’s national holiday: The commencement of the “Treaty between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic about the creation of the unity of Germany”.

Shown here are the two originals signed by the interior ministers Wolfgang Schäuble (FRG) and Günter Krause (GDR). They are on display in the archives of the Foreign Ministry of Germany.

With the creation of a united state, German unity was far from being reality. Even today, 27 years after the reunion, there are significant differences between the eastern and western parts of the country. Particularly notable is the absence of big companies in the east. The east German economy is still significantly lagging behind west Germany with a much lower density of the highly profitable small and medium-sized businesses that make the backbone of the (West-) German economy. Unemployment is higher, and much of the young and highly qualified population is moving to the west, leaving vast parts of the countryside as an overaged and underpopulated landscape. Reversing this trend is the most challenging task of German politics in the years to come.

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Happy Labor Day!

In the United States and Canada, the first Monday of September is a federal holiday, Labor Day. Originally celebrated in New York City’s Union Square in 1882, Labor Day was organized by unions as a rare day of rest for the overworked during the Industrial Revolution. It falls halfway between July 4th and Thanksgiving, offering time for laborers to picnic, parade, and also protest.

From the TED-Ed Lesson Why do Americans and Canadians celebrate Labor Day? - Kenneth C. Davis

Animation by TED-Ed

anonymous asked:

why is it called "Memorial day"? is there something special with that day? *besides this su special xD*

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. (Thanks Google!)

Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. // Goes by Presidents Day and Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday. George’s real B-day is on the 22 though…

Hellenic Devotions for Memorial Day

In the United States, Memorial Day is a federal holiday serving as remembrance for the American war dead. As such, devotions to Ares and his retinue are appropriate, as well as offerings made to the Gods of the dead.

Devotional activities include visitations to local graveyards and cemeteries, volunteering your time at a veteran’s hospital, and making a donation to charities like The Wounded Warrior Project.

Gods of War include: Ares, Athena, Enyo, Nike, Zeus, and Apollon

Gods of the Dead include: Haides, Persephone, Thanatos, and Hermes Kthonios

Prayers may be said to Haides or to the three judges of the Underworld–Rhadamanthys, Minos, and Aiakos, to judge fallen heroes that come before them justly so that they may achieve Elysium in the afterlife.

Altars built and offerings made to fallen soldiers are especially appropriate on this day.

Memorial Day often marks the beginning of the summer season in the United States, so offerings to theoi of summer are also appropriate, however these devotions will be covered in the Summer Solstice post.

The Consumer Technology Association forecasts that 400,000 drones will be sold in the United States this holiday season. That’s not to mention the commercial drones being developed by Google (now known as Alphabet), Amazon, Walmart and others.

In the face of this drone proliferation, the Federal Aviation Administration called a special task force to develop a way to get a grip on all the drones in the sky. The task force is now recommended that the government set up a simple registration system for anyone who owns an unmanned aircraft heavier than 250 grams, which is about half a pound.

5 Things To Know: FAA Task Force Recommends A Drone Registry

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The Spooktacular Numbers Behind Halloween In The United States 

This year, 157 million Americans are going to celebrate Halloween, down on last year’s 162 million, according to the National Retail Federation. The spending behind Halloween is going to be truly spooktacular, as ever, with total spending across the United States expected to hit $6.9 billion. Read more >

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What’s Labor Day all about anyway?

View the TED-Ed Lesson Why do Americans and Canadians celebrate Labor Day?

In the United States and Canada, the first Monday of September is a federal holiday, Labor Day. Originally celebrated in New York City’s Union Square in 1882, Labor Day was organized by unions as a rare day of rest for the overworked during the Industrial Revolution. Kenneth C. Davis illustrates the history of Labor Day from Union Square to today.

me: i don’t give a shit about july 4th

harry: *shows up today in gemma’s snapchat wearing that star printed shirt*

me: Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by-