#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter Q

Letter Q

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April World Holidays

The Queen’s Actual Birthday ~ April 21st

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Queen

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“The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June.”

“Official celebrations to mark the Sovereigns’ birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer. King Edward VII, for example, was born on 9 November, but his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour.

The Queen usually spends her actual birthday privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London at midday: a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London. In 2006, Her Majesty celebrated her 80th Birthday in 2006 with a walkabout in the streets outside of Windsor Castle to meet well-wishers.”

Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd Birthday

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This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

day 27 lettering

(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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A to Z Challenge 2019

 

#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter P

Letter P

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April World Holidays

Pay It Forward Day ~ April 28th

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Pay it forward

“We are excited that we now have over 80 countries participating in Pay it Forward Day with over 100 state and city proclamations.

Pay It Forward Day is a global initiative that exists to make a difference by creating a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world. Of course, our hope is that people pay kindness forward every day and make each day that little bit brighter. We believe that small acts, when multiplied by millions of people can literally change the world for the better — and on April 28th we’ll set out to prove it! For this year’s international Pay it Forward Day (PIFD) we are aiming to inspire over  10 million acts of kindness around the world. Imagine the difference that would make!  Join us in paying it forward, and help spread the word about this important day!”

Pay It Forward Day

 

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This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

day 27 lettering

(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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A to Z Challenge 2019

 

#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter O

Letter O

Image by Mary Lou

April World Holidays

Orthodox Easter Day in Ukraine

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Orthodox Christian

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“Easter Day is a public holiday across Ukraine and celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from death, as told in the Christian bible. Ukraine’s Easter holiday follows the Orthodox Easter date, which is often different from the Easter date determined by other Christian churches.”

“Easter is known as Velykden (The Great Day) and is a day off work in Ukraine. Special Easter services are held in churches and many families celebrate the day with a special Easter meal. Easter meals often include the Paskha (a type of Easter bread) and an egg painted in red.

An Easter basket is filled with pysanky (decorated eggs) and blessed early on Easter Day in many homes. There are various Easter games, including one called “Knocking”. This game involves 2 players who have 1 egg each and try to knock each other’s eggs. The first one to have their egg broken loses the game.”

Orthodox Easter in Ukraine

 

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This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

day 27 lettering

(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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A to Z Challenge 2019

 

#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter N

Letter N

Image by Mary Lou

April World Holidays

National Tartan Day

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Tartan Day

“Tartan Day is a Scottish heritage celebration on 6 April. This day is the date when the Declaration of Arbroath signing took place in 1320. On this day, Scotland got its independence from England, and they were capable of using military action when attacked.”

“Although this day is a Scottish custom, it is celebrated in other countries as well. In 1982, ad hoc event was seen in New York City. Later in the nineties, the modern form of the observation spread to other Scottish diaspora communities. Today, Argentina, the United States, New Zealand, Canada as well as Scotland celebrate the Tartan Day.”

The Crafter’s Song ~ Tartan Day on Ellis Island

 

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This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

day 27 lettering

(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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A to Z Challenge 2019

 

#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter L

 

Letter L

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April World Holidays

Liberation Day Portugal

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Portugal, Flag, National Flag, Nation

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“Liberation Day is a Portuguese public holiday celebrated every April 25th, commemorating the overthrow on that day, in 1974, of the dictatorial Estado Novo (New State) fascist government. The holiday is also sometimes called “Freedom Day” or “Liberty Day”.”

“Liberation Day is a celebration of the coming of freedom and the end of dictatorship in Portugal. There are many events to attend, especially in the Algarve region at Portugal’s southern tip.”

“Most Portuguese celebrate Liberation Day with street parties, festive family meals, and feasting on traditional Portuguese foods. The street parties may also show patriotic films, like The Capitans of April and have comedic acts and live folk music performances.”

 

 

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This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

day 27 lettering

(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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A to Z Challenge 2019