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Constitution Day in South Korea, July 17th

This is the date when the Korean Constitution was proclaimed in 1948 which was also chosen to coincide to the founding of the Joseon Dynasty in 1392. The day is no longer considered an official day off of work but still a holiday. People will celebrate in their own way, some running marathons. This was also the date when Korea was separated into two countries and many in Korea feel very strongly that they should be one so it not celebrated a great amount though there are ceremonies conducted by the leaders of the country.


Happy Constitution Day South Korea and I hope one day you will be joined in peace with North Korea.

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The Candle Festival, July 11-21

The Candle Festival in Ubon Ratchathani province in Thailand. During this time people show off their candle carving abilities, there is even a candle sent by the Royal Family to this festival. The highlight of the event is on Khao Phansa the first day of the Buddhist Lent season.  This is the three months when the monks will not stray far from their temple, having to return each night. This is also the time when it is most auspicious to become a monk. Khao Phansa happens on the day after the full moon on the 8th lunar month.

Happy Candle Festival!


The birthday of Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah - July 15th

The current ruler of Brunei, a nation on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. He became Sultan in 1967 when his father abdicated the throne. He has since gone on to become the Prime Minister, Head of the Defense Forces, Head of the Finance Ministry as well as many other titles. Sultan Hassanal also holds Honorary ranks in the British military; General, Admiral and Air Marshal as well as having been Knighted by the Queen of England.

Brunei as come along way in becoming a developed nation and do to it's natural resources is one of only

two nations to have 0 debt according to the IMF.

Happy Birthday Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah


Bastille Day, France July 14

July 14th - Bastille Day as it is referred to in English or La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) and also commonly as Le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July), celebrates the day the Bastille was stormed at the start of the French Revolution in 1789.  It also commemorates the Fête de la Fédération which happened in 1790 which was a celebration of French unity where othas to the new constitution were sworn by high level French individuals.


The largest and longest running military parade in Europe is held on July 14th with the parade having around 7,000 soldiers (5,000 on foot, the rest, crew members or cavalrymen), 300 vehicles, 240 horses and more than 80 planes and helicopters.  The first time the parade was held was during Fête de la Fédération (in 1790) after which the French people celebrated for 4 days with feasts, dancing and parties.


Fireworks are also launched in the evening in celebration of the day. There are many events around Paris and the rest of the country, to many to be listed here.

Happy Independence Day France!



Holidays for the week of 14 July 2014