Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Holidays in May

We go to a monthly Project Club and each family who attends works on a project in between sessions.  When we meet, we present our projects to each other.  As this has developed, it has gone from me doing most of the talking or presenting to M doing it and I occasionally add little bits of information in to clarify something.

For May's session, we did some North American holidays or celebrations in May.

Here is May's project board:

We learned about Cinco de Mayo which is celebrated on the fifth of May in Mexico and by Mexican-Americans.  It commemorates the unlikely victory of the Mexican Army over the French Army.

We moved on to Mother's Day which is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.  We learned about Mothering Sunday in the UK and then how Mother's Day came to be celebrated on the second Sunday in May in America.  President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation in 1914 designating that Sunday in May to be Mother's Day.  This is also celebrated in Canada on the same day.

We learned about Victoria Day which is celebrated in Canada (and some parts of Scotland) and is celebrated on the Monday before the 24th of May which was Queen Victoria's birthday.  Queen Victoria was the first queen of Canada.

We learned a bit about Memorial Day which is celebrated in America on the last Monday in May.  It used to be on the 30th of May but then it was decided to have it on the last Monday in May.  This is because in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday.  This created a three day weekend for people.  It is a Day to remember all who fought and died in the US wars.  It is similar to Remembrance Day.  Originally it was called Decoration Day and people decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.