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GLOBAL DAYS IN JULY 2016

4TH JULY - AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

Independence Day is the national day of the United States, celebrating the Declaration of Independence (from Great Britain) on 4th July 1776. It is associated with fireworks, parades and many other public events celebrating the history and traditions of the United States. Click here to find out more.

6TH JULY - EID-UL-FITR

The end of Ramadan is marked by a big celebration called Eid-ul-Fitr, the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. Muslims are not only celebrating the end of fasting, but thanking Allah for the help and strength that he gave them throughout the previous month to help them practise self-control. The festival begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky. See our Ramadan page to find out more.

11TH JULY - WORLD POPULATION DAY

This annual event, hoping to raise the awareness of global population issues, was established by the United Nations in 1989. It was inspired by public interest in Five Billion Day on 11th July 1987, the date on which the world's population is estimated to have reached 5 billion people.

Do you know what the world's population is now? If you'd like to find out, click here - it is quite scary to watch the numbers grow!

12TH JULY - ORANGEMEN'S DAY

People in Northern Ireland celebrate Orangemen's Day to commemorate the Prince William of Orange’s victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne, which took place on Ireland's east coast in 1690. The day is often marked by parades or demonstrations. Click here to find out more.

16TH TO 31ST JULY - FESTIVAL OF BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY

Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, the Festival offers hundreds of events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists. Click here to find out more.

14TH JULY - BASTILLE DAY

Bastille Day is the national day of France. It commemorates storming of the Bastille, a famous prison, during the French revolution in 1789. It is also called La Fête Nationale or simply Le Quatorze Juillet. People celebrate with fireworks, parades and many other public events celebrating France's history and culture. Click here to find out more.

15TH JULY - ST. SWITHUN'S DAY

Saint Swithun was Bishop of Winchester from his consecration in 852 until his death in July 862. While little is known of his life, he is associated with several miracles, and particularly with the weather:

St Swithun's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithun's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain no more

Why don't you watch and see if it comes true this year!

18TH JULY - NELSON MANDELA DAY

Mandela Day is a call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step at a time, just as Nelson Mandela did.

Nelson Mandela spent more than 67 years serving his community, his country, and the world at large. Mandela Day is not a holiday, but a day for every man, woman and child to connect with their community and show that they can all make an impact. On Mandela Day people are called to devote just 67 minutes of their time to changing the world for the better. Click here to find out more.

30TH JULY - INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP

In 2011, the UN proclaimed the International Day of Friendship with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, and cultures can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. The UN wanted the day to involve young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.