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Igor
May 7th, 2009, 03:12 AM
Alright, after some help and suggestions, I am putting the second version up
I am not completely finished yet, but before I finish:
Again….Any questions, comments, corrections, suggestions?
Please? :flowers:

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I haven’t listed all the holidays where I couldn’t find a specific date. As in the “celebrated somewhere in so-and-so month” and “the festival is held the 14th night of the seventh lunar month” events are not listed here

Hair inspiration for all seasons

May
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are trailing purple wisteria (fuji) and flag irises (ayame), usually of the blue variety. Irises denote the height of spring. Small silver butterflies also pop up as extra decorations in May.

May 1st 2009
For over 3000 years, May 1 has been a day to welcome summer. It is also an international labour holiday in many countries especially those with Communist or Socialist governments. May Poles symbolize a tree during this holiday. They are decorated with ribbons and dancers circle it on May Day. For hundreds of years May Poles have been linked with freedom and the rights of common people because they were erected on common land and the whole community celebrated.
Hair styling suggestions: Ribbons and summer symbols

May 2nd 2009
Poland’s Flag Day
Holiday introduced in 2004
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Red and white

May 3rd 2009
Santa Cruzen Day
In the Philippines, May 3 is considered the first day of spring. Also a special day in the Filipino Catholic Church, the Day of Commemoration of the Holy Cross, or, Santa Cruzan.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

May 5th 2009
Europe day
Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. There are two separate Europe Days, taking place on 5 May and 9 May, established by the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Union (EU) respectively.
Hair styling suggestions: Blue and yellow accessories

May 5th 2009
Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo celebrates a victory by the Mexican Army over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Today, people celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a big way. They have festivals, dance special dances and eat special foods. Music and sporting events are a big part of the day. They make piñatas. People wear clothes of red and green, the colours of the Mexican flag.
Hair styling suggestions: Red and green accessories

May 9th 2009
Europe day
Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. There are two separate Europe Days, taking place on 5 May and 9 May, established by the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Union (EU) respectively.
Hair styling suggestions: Blue and yellow accessories

May 10th 2009
Mother’s day
Mother's Day is a little over 100 years old. It started after the American Civil War in the early 1860s, when Julia Ward Howe launched a Mother's Day for Peace.
Hair styling suggestions: Hearts

May 17th 2009
The Norwegian Constitution Day is the National Day of Norway and is an official national holiday each year, celebrated with children’s parades and dressing up in national costumes.
Hair styling suggestions: Braids on each side or an old-fashioned updo. Flag colour, is red white and blue with cross.

May 18th 2009
Victoria Day
Since 1952, the Monday before May 24 has been celebrated as Victoria Day in Canada. Canadian's got so use to celebrating the holiday it has become a permanent Canadian holiday, except in Quebec, where the holiday is called Fete de Dollard des Ormeaux.
Hair styling suggestions: Red and white accessories

May 18th 2009
Haiti’s Flag Day
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Blue and red

May 25th 2009
Memorial Day
Memorial Day began in the United States on May 30, 1868, after the Civil War had ended. Flowers were put on the graves of both sides, in order to help heal the nation. It was later expanded to include all men who had died in America's wars.
Hair styling suggestions: Flowers

June
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are trailing green willow (yanagi) leaves with pinks, or less commonly hydrangea (ajisai) flowers. Willow is a traditional image associated with geisha. This month is the rainy season in Japan and therefore willow (a water loving tree) and the washy blue of hydrangea is appropriate.

June 5th 2009
Father’s day
Many Catholics call St. Joseph's Day, on March 19, Father's Day because Joseph was the father of Jesus. Most people celebrate the modern version of Father's Day as a time to honour Dad.
Hair styling suggestions: Hearts

June 6th 2009
Sweden’s Flag Day
Day of the Swedish flag ("svenska flaggans dag") since late 19th Century, also commemorated as National Day of Sweden since 1983
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Blue and yellow

June 6th 2009
D-day
It is a time to stop and remember those who served to protect the freedom of all.
Hair styling suggestions: Military symbols or peace symbols

June 7th 2009
Peru’s Flag Day
Commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Arica.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Red and white
June 14th 2009
Flag Day
Celebrated on June 14 to honour the American flag
Hair styling suggestions: Red, white and blue accessories

June 20th 2009
Argentina’s Independence Day
Anniversary of the death of Manuel Belgrano, who created the current flag.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: White, blue and yellow

June 21st 2009
Summer solstice
The sun shines for the greatest number of hours on this day. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. It occurs exactly six months after the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice. Ancient people thought the summer solstice was an important time for ceremonies to worship the sun.
Hair styling suggestions: Yellow or accessories with sun symbolic

June 23rd and 24th 2009
Midsummer’s day
Midsummer's Eve - the night before Midsummer's Day is a time for fairies and magic according to old European traditions. It is also a time for telling the future and for discovering your true love. Midsummer’s' Day is a traditional also known as St. John's Day. People have lit midsummer fires in honour of the sun for centuries.
Hair styling suggestions: Accessories with sun symbols or fairies

July
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are featuring a display of fans. These will usually be of the round uchiwa variety, but occasionally folding dancing fans are also featured. The fans featured in a maiko's July kanzashi varies each year, in line with the Gion Festival. There are common themes such as dragonflies and lines denoting swirling water. Other kanzashi worn during July are the fireworks kanzashi and tsuyushiba (dew drops on grass).

July 1st 2009
Canada day
Canada Day celebrates the events that occurred on July 1, 1867, when the British North America Act created the Canadian federal government.
Hair styling suggestions: Red and white accessories

July 4th 2009
Independence Day
Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate their independence with picnics, barbecues, fireworks and family gatherings
Hair styling suggestions: Red, white and blue accessories

July 7th 2009
Tanabata
It's a Japanese tradition wherein people write their wishes on tanzaku paper (colorful, small strips of paper) and hang them on bamboo branches. People also hang many kinds of paper decorations on bamboo branches and place them outside their houses. In some regions, people light lanterns and float them on the river, or float bamboo leaves on the river.
Hair styling suggestions: Lanterns or paper accessories

July 14th 2009
Bastille Day
Bastille Day is the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year, it is called Fête Nationale ("National Celebration") in official parlance, or more commonly le quatorze juillet ("14 July"). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation
Hair styling suggestions: Blue, white, and red, but no stars or American flags

July 22nd 2009
Pi day. This one is for the nerds! :wink:
π is one of the most important mathematical and physical constants: many formulae from mathematics, science, and engineering involve π. Pi or π is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle's circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space; this is the same value as the ratio of a circle's area to the square of its radius. It is approximately equal to 3.14159 in the usual decimal notation
Hair styling suggestions: Infinity bun held by a pi-looking fork, such as some of Baerreis's designs.

August
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are featuring purple morning glory (asagao) or susuki grass. The susuki grass appears as a starburst of spines. Senior maiko wear silver-white and junior maiko wear pink or red.

Igor
May 7th, 2009, 03:14 AM
August 6th 2009
Hiroshima day
Hiroshima Day is observed in many parts of the world with special vigils and peace marches. It is held to commemorate the dropping of the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
Hair styling suggestions: Peace symbols

August 11th 2009
Pakistan’s Flag Day
The National Assembly adopted the Flag of Pakistan on this day.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Green and white

August 13th to 16th 2009
Obon festival
O-bon is a Buddhist event and one of the most important traditions for Japanese people. It is the period of praying for the repose of the souls of one's ancestors. People believe that their ancestors' spirits come back to their homes to be reunited with their family during o-bon.
Hair styling suggestions: Buddhist symbols

August 15th 2009
India's Independence day
For Baisakhi dress up Bengali women (Indian and Bangladeshi Hindus as well as Muslims) generally wear their hair loose or in some sort of bun decorated with thick strands of jasmine
Hair styling suggestions: Flag colours white, orange and green

August 15th 2009
Assumption of Mary
Many different Catholic congregations celebrate August 15 as a religious holiday for the Assumption of Mary.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

August 21st 2009 to September 19th 2009
Ramadan
The holiest month of the year for Muslims. During Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims all over the world unite in a period of fasting and spiritual reflection, renewal and family bonds. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "For the person who is fasting, there are two moments of happiness and rejoicing; when he breaks his fast, and when he meets his Lord."
Hair styling suggestions: Simple, demure styles

August 22nd 2009
Russian federations Flag Day
Commemorates raising the flag of the contemporary design over the Supreme Soviet building after a failed coup d'état attempt in 1991.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Red, white and blue

September
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are featuring Japanese bellflower (kikyo). The purple tones are traditionally associated with autumn. Often these will be mixed with the other autumn flowers: bush clover, patrinia, chrysanthemum, Japanese boneset, kudzu and pinks.

September 3rd 2009
Australia’s Flag Day
Anniversary of the first flying of the Australian National Flag in 1901.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Red, white and blue

September 6th 2009
Labour Day
An annual holiday celebrated all over the world that resulted from the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. The majority of countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1, and it is popularly known as May Day and International Workers' Day. The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in the Eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
Hair styling suggestions:

September 13th 2009
National grandparent’s day
The holiday has three purposes: To honour grandparents everywhere, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children and to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer
Hair styling suggestions: Wearing something your grandparents gave you

September 22nd 2009
Autumn equinox
The autumn equinox and the spring equinox are the two days in the year when the hours of daylight and darkness are exactly equal.
Hair styling suggestions: Autumn colours or leaf accessories

September 16th 2009
International day of peace
The third Tuesday in September is the opening day of the United Nations General Assembly
Hair styling suggestions: Peace symbols

September 19th 2009
Eid al-Fitr
Known as the Little Festival or the Festival of Fast-breaking. It marks the end of Ramadan. On the eve of Eid al-Fitr everyone looks for the new moon, if they see it they can end their fasting. Festivities may last for three days.
Hair styling suggestions: Muslim symbols

October
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are featuring chrysanthemum (kiku). These are well loved in Japan, and are a symbol of the Imperial Family. Usually the chrysanthemums featured are red and white, a combination which signals the height of autumn.

October 12th 2009
Canadian Thanksgiving
The Sunday before Thanksgiving Monday is often marked at Christian churches by services thanking God not only for the harvest of food, but also for other blessings. Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated earlier then American Thanksgiving because of the times of the harvest in Canada.
Hair styling suggestions: Turkey or autumn accessories

October 12th 2009
Dia de la raza and Columbus day
Latin Americans and Hispanics celebrate October 12 as the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's discovery of the New World.
Hair styling suggestions:

October 31st 2009
Halloween
Many of today's Halloween traditions go back to the time of the Celtic people. On October 31, their New Year's Eve, the Celtic herders would gather with the rest of the Druids, to honour their chief god known as the Samhain. If the Celts had to go outside on the feast of Samhain, they felt it was best to go disguised, so that the spirits would not recognize them. This is how the tradition of dressing up for Halloween came about
Hair styling suggestions: Celtic symbols or anything that goes with your costume

November
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are trailing autumnal leaves. These may be a generic yellow leaf or the characteristic red maple leaf. Maple viewing is the autumnal equivalent in Japan of cherry blossom viewing. Ginkgo and liquidambar leaves are also employed.

November 1st 2009
All souls day and all saints day
The day, which is a legal holiday in France, dates back to the seventh century and was derived from a much earlier feast. All Saint's Day is observed as a special or red-letter day in many Christian churches where special services are held to remember all of the saints known and unknown who do not have a specific day named in their honour.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

November 5th 2009
Guy Fawkes Day
Celebration of the capture and execution by burning an effigy (model) of Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up the House of Parliament in England with gunpowder. It is a tradition to light bonfires
Hair styling suggestions: A tiny doll or figure in your hair

November 10th 2009
Mortensaften
It’s a Danish tradition to serve duck for dinner on this day
Hair styling suggestions: Duck accessories

November 11th 2009
Remembrance Day and Veterans Day
It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I
It is a time to stop and remember those who served to protect the freedom of all.
Hair styling suggestions: Military or peace symbols

November 11th 2009
St. Martin’s day
On the 11th day of the 11th month at exactly 11 minutes past 11 o'clock a.m. St. Martin's day is celebrated. Martin, the bishop of Tours, lived in the 4th century. St. Martin's day celebrates the end of the agrarian year and the beginning of the harvesting
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

November 15th 2009
Volkstrauertag
(German: national day of mourning) is a public holiday in Germany. It commemorates those who those who died due to the violence of a oppressive government, those who died in war and the victims of violent oppression.
Hair styling suggestions: Peace symbols

November 15th 2009
Shichi-Go-San is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three and seven year-old girls and five year-old boys.
Hair styling suggestions: Girls aged 3 or 7 usually wear Tsumami Kanzashi (Chirimen fabric flowers) and/or Gin Bira Kanzashi (kanzashi with many silver thin plates)

November 16th 2009
Louis Riel day
Louis Riel was a famous Metis leader who helped his people form a government and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870. In 1885, Riel led a rebellion against the Canadian authorities in the west because he feared that more and more Metis lands would be lost to new settlers. Today his name is a symbol of native independence.
Hair styling suggestions: Native Canadian symbols

November 19th 2009
Brazils Flag Day
Flag Day in Brazil, adopted in 1889
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Green, yellow and blue

November 25th 2009
Saint Catherine's Day is known as la fête des vielles filles (old maids), for ladies over 25 and still unmarried. Apparently, there was a girl by the name of Catherine who was executed around the year 307 because she refused to marry a Roman emperor. That began a tradition where girls who hadn't found a husband by the age of 25 were called Catherines
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November 26th 2009
US Thanksgiving
The custom of celebrating Thanksgiving, an annual celebration held after the harvest began around 1621 when the Pilgrims fulfilled a successful and bountiful harvest in the New World.
Hair styling suggestions: Turkey or autumn accessories

November 28th 2009
Albania’s Independence Day
Celebrating the independence day, 1912.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Red and black

November 29th 2009
First of Advent
Advent means arrival. To Christians it means the four weeks leading up to Christmas
Hair styling suggestions: Christmas accessories

November 30th 2009
St. Andrew's Day.
The Scots, Poles and Russians celebrate St. Andrew's Day. Andrew was the first of Christ's apostles and travelled widely preaching the Christian gospel, until he was crucified by a Roman governor.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

Igor
May 7th, 2009, 03:19 AM
November 30th 2009
Scotland’s national day
St Andrew's Day, the national day of Scotland
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Blue and white

December
The Japanese make mochi at this time of year, and often decorate trees with them, to represent white flowers. It is thought to be good luck to wear kanzashi featuring mochibana, or rice cake flowers. December kanzashi also feature two maneki which are tiny blank tags. Traditionally maiko visit the Minamiza Theatre and ask two of their favourite Kabuki actors to autograph them with their Kabuki nom de plume. Some December kanzashi also include bamboo leaves.

December 6th 2009
St. Nicholas day
In honour of St. Nicholas Dutch and German communities celebrate. The Dutch say that Sint Nikolaas or Sinterklass and his helper Zwarte Piet or Black Pete would travel by horse to homes. Children would leave out a pair of polished shoes filled with hay and carrots. If the children were good it was replaced with candy and gifts. If the children were not good, Black Pete would leave a piece of coal.
Hair styling suggestions: Candy or gift accessories

December 13th 2009
Second of Advent
Advent means arrival. To Christians it means the four weeks leading up to Christmas
Hair styling suggestions: Christmas accessories

December 13th 2009
St. Lucia
A festival of light that marks the beginning of the Christmas season for people from Scandinavian countries. They say St. Lucia comes to make the darkness disappear. Lucia means Light. To celebrate, the female playing the role of St. Lucia wears a white dress with a red sash and a crown of candles
Hair styling suggestions: White, red or candle accessories

December 16th to December 24th
Las Posadas
The Hispanic community prepares for the arrival of Christmas with processions called Posadas. This represents the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph on the nine nights before Jesus' birthday. The novena (a prayer said on nine consecutive days) of Las Posadas traditionally begins on December 16th and continues through Christmas Eve, each night a search for shelter, a series of refusals, and a final resting place. Today, Las Posadas is usually condensed into one evening, Christmas Eve, and the final festivities are always followed with Midnight Mass.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

December 21st 2009
Winter solstice
Solstice means the sun stands still. The winter solstice is the day when the midday sun is at its lowest point above the horizon. Often celebrated with parties and winter customs
Hair styling suggestions: Winter symbols

December 24th 2009
Christmas Eve
Many families celebrate Christmas Eve with dinners, visiting and carol-singing, followed by midnight church services. Norwegians say that Christmas Peace descends at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Polish families believe Christmas Eve celebrations begin when the first star is spotted, symbolizing the Star of Bethlehem. Italian families often fast for 24-hours prior to Christmas Eve then gather to eat a meatless meal on the eve. Germans call the night before Christmas Heilig Abend, meaning holy night. Attending midnight mass is said to be a way to rejoice in the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Portuguese call their midnight mass the Missa do Galo, meaning a mass for the rooster.
Hair styling suggestions: Christmas accessories

December 25th 2009
Christmas day
It celebrates Jesus Christ's birth. Though the real historical date of the birth of Jesus is unknown, the church declared that his birthday mass would be celebrated on December 25. Many customs of the past include solstice celebrations of lighting special fires and evergreen decorations. Other traditions include Christmas lights, Mistletoe, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Yule Logs and more
Hair styling suggestions: Christmas accessories

December 25th to January 5th 2009
12 days of Christmas
Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25 until January 5). The origin of the Twelve Days is complicated, and is related to differences in calendars, church traditions, and ways to observe this holy day in various cultures.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

December 26th 2009
Boxing Day
English custom of giving Christmas boxes containing food or money to family servants and suppliers.
Hair styling suggestions: Little gift box accessories or bows

December 26th 2009
St. Stephen's Day
St. Stephen's Day honours the first Christian martyr, stoned to death shortly after the crucifixion. St. Stephen's Day is a national holiday in Ireland, but the celebrations have little connection to the Saint. In Ireland, St. Stephen's Day is the day for Hunting the Wren or Going on the Wren.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian or Irish symbols

December 26th to January 1st 2010
Kwanzaa
A professor, Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga, wanted to encourage African Americans to celebrate their heritage so he started Kwanzaa in California in 1966. Traditionally beginning December 26, families exchange gifts and have African cultural feasts and festivities. The word "Kwanzaa" is an East African word which means "first fruits" and refers to the celebration of the harvest of first crops in traditional African society. Kwanzaa is based on seven principles, collectively called Nguzo Saba, and is celebrated for seven days
Hair styling suggestions: African Americans, wear your hair proud and natural!

December 28th 2009
Holy innocent’s day
Although there are no historical evidence for this even, this catholic Holy Day is observed in commemoration of the described slaughter of male infants in Bethlehem in the bible during Herod the Great's attempt to kill the infant Jesus. It is a time for children to be especially blessed in church.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian or child symbols

December 31st 2009
New years
At this time of year all maiko and geisha wear unhusked rice ears on the right side of their coiffure. These kanzashi also feature eyeless white doves. The maiko and geisha fill in one eye and ask somebody they like to draw the other.
Hair styling suggestions: New Year’s accessories, updo with anything sparkly/glittery woven in.

January
The design of the traditional kanzashi in Japan differs from year to year, but usually has an auspicious Japanese New Year theme. Shouchikubai is a popular choice, a combination of pine (matsu), bamboo (take) and ume blossom, (green, red and white) which is usually associated with celebrations.

January 1st 2010
The tradition of ringing in the New Year began from the Roman God Janus, who had two faces - one for looking forward the other for looking backward. Today's traditions of New Years Day include parades and watching football.
Hair styling suggestions: Bells or football accessories

January 5th 2010
Twelfth Night
Custom was that people had a King of Bean and sometimes a Queen, on Twelfth Night to preside over the revelries for the end of the season. The King and Queen were the pair who found a special bean found inside a cake called a galette or gateau des rois. Some Europeans celebrate Twelfth Night by going out to sing and wassail or drink to the health of their neighbours, animals and orchards. Wassail is an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning be whole.
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January 7th 2010
Italy’s Flag Day
Festa del tricolore (Festival of the Tricolour) commemorates adoption of the flag of Italy in 1797.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Green, white and red

January 11th 2010
Seijin Shiki (lit. Adult Ceremony) is the Japanese coming-of-age ceremony. It is held annually on Seijin no Hi (lit. Day of Adults) the second Monday in January. Festivities include ceremonies held at local and prefectural offices and parties amongst family and friends to celebrate passage into adulthood.
Hair styling suggestions: If you are going to be 20, this is the day to wear a fancy Furisode kimono and ornate hair updo!

January 13th 2010
In Ukraine new years is celebrated on January 13th due to the different calendar
Hair styling suggestions: New Year’s accessories

January 6th 2010
Epiphany is the Twelfth Day of Christmas and the end of the Christmas season. Comes from the Greek word referring to the baptism of Jesus and the arrival in Bethlehem of the Three Wise Men who came to worship Jesus.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

January 7th 2010
Ukrainians and many others from the Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas on January 7, On Christmas Eve, January 6 a lighted candle is placed in the window to guide travellers, in memory of Mary and Joseph's journey. The holiday begins with the first star on the horizon. Many Orthodox Christians have 40 days of partial fasting before their Christmas.
Hair styling suggestions: Candle or star accessories

January 20th 2010
Martin Luther King Jr. day.
King was the chief spokesman of the nonviolent civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated in 1968.
Hair styling suggestions: Wear your hair proud and natural
January 21st 2010
Québec Flag Day
(French: Jour du Drapeau) commemorates the first flying of the flag of Quebec (January 21, 1948).
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Blue and white

Hair styling suggestions: Wear your hair proud and natural
January 21st 2010
Québec Flag Day
(French: Jour du Drapeau) commemorates the first flying of the flag of Quebec (January 21, 1948).
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Blue and white

Igor
May 7th, 2009, 03:20 AM
January 25th 2010
Scots gather to celebrate Robert (Robbie) Burns honoured Scottish poet born on this day in 1759. The traditional Scottish dish of Haggis is piped in and the Master of Ceremonies reads Burn's poem To a Haggis. Ceremonies wind down with the famous Robert Burns song Auld Lang Syne.
Hair styling suggestions: Scottish symbols

January 26th 2010
Australia Day
Also known as Anniversary Day and Foundation Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, the day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, the unfurling of the British flag at Sydney Cove and the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia.
Hair styling suggestions: Australian symbols

February
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are trailing deep pink, or sometimes red, ume blossoms, which is to be seen everywhere in Japan at this time and symbolises young love and the approach of spring. Another less common theme is the pinwheel.

February
Black History Month started in 1926 in the United States as Negro History Week. February was chosen because both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass have birthdays in that month. Organizations celebrate the month with observances, performances and exhibits paying tribute to African Americans, throughout the month.
Hair styling suggestions: Wear your hair natural and proud

February 2nd 2010
Groundhogs are supposed to come out of hibernation on February 2 to see how the weather is doing. If the sun is shining and they see a shadow they are said to be frightened and go back inside. Those who believe this groundhog lore say it means there will be six more weeks of winter. February 2 falls halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It has been celebrated for thousands of years, since the time of the Celts. Catholics refer to this day as Candlemas
Hair styling suggestions: Groundhog accessories

February 13th 2010
Nirvana day
Mahayana Buddhists are one type of Buddhists. Many of them are Japanese. They celebrate February 13 as the anniversary of Buddha's death. For Buddhists, this is not a sad day, but a time to remember that Buddha moved from one state of being to the next.
Hair styling suggestions: Buddhist symbols

February 14th 2010
Valentines Day
The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
Hair styling suggestions: Hearts or other romantic accessories, suggested in red

February 14th 2010
“Fastelavn”
The Danish equivalent of Halloween
Hair styling suggestions: Whatever matches your costume

February 15th 2010
Canada’s Flag Day
National Flag of Canada Day commemorates adoption of the Canadian flag.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Red and white

February 24th 2010
Mexico’s Flag Day
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Green, white and red

March
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are trailing yellow and white rape blossoms (nanohana) and butterflies, as well as peach blossoms (momo), narcissi (suisen), and peonies (botan).

March 1st
St. David’s day
National Day for Welsh people. St. David lived in the 6th century and died on March 1, 544 A.D. Patron Saint of Wales. Holiday is celebrated with storytelling, singing and banquets. Welsh people may wear daffodils in their lapels or leeks in their hat bands as a symbol of their homeland.
Hair styling suggestions: Daffodil or leek accessories. Red for the dragon, or red, green and white like the flag.

March 3rd
The Japanese Doll Festival (Hina-matsuri), or Girls' Day, is held on March 3, the third day of the third month. Platforms with a red hi-mōsen are used to display a set of ornamental dolls (Hina-ningyō) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.
Hair styling suggestions: Although Hinamatsuri is for girls, wearing peach flower accessories

March 6th 2010
International Women's Day the anniversary of the first protest march against terrible working conditions for women textile and garment workers in New York City in 1857. Labour demonstrations and special activities related to women's rights.
Hair styling suggestions: Female symbols

March 14th 2010
Pi day. This one is for the nerds! :wink:
π is one of the most important mathematical and physical constants: many formulae from mathematics, science, and engineering involve π. Pi or π is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle's circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space; this is the same value as the ratio of a circle's area to the square of its radius. It is approximately equal to 3.14159 in the usual decimal notation
Hair styling suggestions: Infinity bun held by a pi-looking fork, such as some of Baerreis's designs.

March 17th 2010
The anniversary of the death of St. Patrick, is the day the Irish celebrate being Irish. The Irish claim him as a patron saint because he spread Roman Catholicism throughout Ireland. Shamrocks are associated with St. Patrick's Day because they represent the Christian idea of the Holy Trinity: God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Hair styling suggestions: Shamrocks or green accessories

March 18th 2010
Aruba’s Flag Day
Flag day. Adoption of the national flag on 18 March 1976.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Blue, yellow and red

March 20th or 21st 2010
Now Ruz. Although Now Ruz (meaning new day) was originally a Zoroastrian festival, it is now celebrated on the first full day of spring, March 20 or 21 by people of every religion in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East.
Hair styling suggestions:

March 21st 2010
Jamshedi Navrox
Zoroatrians call March 21 Jamshedi Navrox, which means, new day of the month of Jamshed. Spring festival involving a jashan, or thanksgiving ceremony.
Hair styling suggestions:

March 25th 2010
Greek Independence Day. Since 1821, the Greeks have observed March 25 as their national Independence Day. Commemorating the day they gained their freedom from Turkey.
Hair styling suggestions: Blue and white accessories

April
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are trailing soft pink cherry blossom (sakura) mixed with butterflies and bonbori lanterns, signalling the approach of summer. Also, kanzashi consisting of a single silver (or sometimes gold) butterfly (cho) made of mizuhiki cord are common.

April 1st 2010
April fools day
April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day, although not a holiday, is a day celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication
Hair styling suggestions: A short wig or temporary dye

April 2nd 2010
Sizdeh Bedar
The 13th day after Now Ruz marking the end of the old Middle Eastern New Year Celebrations. The custom is to spend the day outdoors e.g., in the parks or the countryside. It is believed that "Joy" and "Laughter" clean the mind from all evil thoughts, and the picnic is usually a festive or happy event. Some girls also tie the sprouts of sabzeh on this day, symbolizing their wish for good fortune in life and love. Some people also pull practical jokes and tell white lies on this day, calling it the thirteenth lie (this is very similar to April Fools). People will also release goldfish into a pond or river.
Hair styling suggestions: Sabzeh sprouts and goldfish accessories

April 2nd 2010
International children’s books day
April 2 is the birthday of famous Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. The International Board on Books for Youth chose this day to celebrate children's books around the world.
Hair styling suggestions: Book accessories

April 5th 2010
Ch'ing Ming Festival
In China, Ch'ing Ming, the Clear and Bright Festival, is celebrated 106 days after the winter solstice. Its name denotes a time for people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime (Tàqīng, "treading on the greenery"), and also to tend to the graves of departed ones.
Hair styling suggestions: Green or spring accessories

April 8th 2010
Hana Matsuri
Some Buddhists, mostly from Japan, celebrate Hana Matsuri, the birth of Buddha on April 8. Hana means flower, and Buddha's birthday is a flower festival. Buddha's actual birthday is in May.
Hair styling suggestions: Flowers

April 9th to April 13th 2020: Easter holidays
Hair styling suggestions: Christian or spring symbols

Igor
May 7th, 2009, 03:21 AM
April 13th or 14th 2010
Baisakhi
Known as the Solar New Year considered to be a spring New Year's celebration for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs from Lri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. Important religious festivity, particularly for Sikhs who do not work on Baisakhi. Children are given special Baisakhi presents.
Hair styling suggestions:

April 21st to May 2nd 2010
Rizvan
12-Day Festival, the holiest time of the year for Baha'is. Rizvan, means paradies is the King of festivals. A time to think about why they hold their faith and celebrate the Great Teacher.
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April 22nd 2010
Earth day
In 1970, Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin proclaimed April 22 to be "Earth Day," he helped give birth to a historic movement. Earth Day 1970 became the largest organized demonstration in US history. More than 20 million people participated in the event that gave birth to the modern environmental movement. Today Earth Day is celebrated around the world with marches, rallies, concerts, festivals, street fairs, clean-ups, planting and other environmental events.
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April 23rd 2010
St. George’s day
St. George was a famous knight who, according to legend, slayed a dragon and saved a princess
Hair styling suggestions: Dragon or princess accessories. Or the colours of the British flag: Red and white

April 25th 2010
Anzac day
Anzac Day, a public holiday in Australia and New Zealand, commemorates the landing at Gallipoli in 1915 of the two countries' fighting men, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, during World War I. In the early hours of April 25, at various Shrines of Remembrance, cenotaphs and war memorials everywhere in Australia and New Zealand, there is a gathering of the men and women who have gone to war and returned, and with their families and friends gather for a dawn service that heralds the start of another Anzac Day.
Hair styling suggestions:

April 25th 2010
Faroe Islands Flag Day
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Blue, red and white

May
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are trailing purple wisteria (fuji) and flag irises (ayame), usually of the blue variety. Irises denote the height of spring. Small silver butterflies also pop up as extra decorations in May.

May 1st 2010
For over 3000 years, May 1 has been a day to welcome summer. It is also an international labour holiday in many countries especially those with Communist or Socialist governments. May Poles symbolize a tree during this holiday. They are decorated with ribbons and dancers circle it on May Day. For hundreds of years May Poles have been linked with freedom and the rights of common people because they were erected on common land and the whole community celebrated.
Hair styling suggestions: Ribbons

May 2nd 2010
Poland’s Flag Day
Holiday introduced in 2004
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Red and white

May 3rd 2010
Santa Cruzen Day
In the Philippines, May 3 is considered the first day of spring. Also a special day in the Filipino Catholic Church, the Day of Commemoration of the Holy Cross, or, Santa Cruzan.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

May 5th 2010
Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo celebrates a victory by the Mexican Army over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Today, people celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a big way. They have festivals, dance special dances and eat special foods. Music and sporting events are a big part of the day. They make piñatas. People wear clothes of red and green, the colours of the Mexican flag.
Hair styling suggestions: Red and green accessories

May 9th 2010
Europe day
Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. There are two separate Europe Days, taking place on 5 May and 9 May, established by the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Union (EU) respectively.
Hair styling suggestions: Blue and yellow accessories

May 10th 2010
Mother’s day
Mother's Day is a little over 100 years old. It started after the American Civil War in the early 1860s, when Julia Ward Howe launched a Mother's Day for Peace.
Hair styling suggestions: Hearts

May 17th 2010
The Norwegian Constitution Day is the National Day of Norway and is an official national holiday each year, celebrated with children’s parades and dressing up in national costumes.
Hair styling suggestions: Braids on each side or an old-fashioned updo. Flag colour, is red white and blue with cross.

May 18th 2010
Victoria Day
Since 1952, the Monday before May 24 has been celebrated as Victoria Day in Canada. Canadian's got so use to celebrating the holiday it has become a permanent Canadian holiday, except in Quebec, where the holiday is called Fete de Dollard des Ormeaux.
Hair styling suggestions: Red and white accessories, flowers and natural colours

May 18th 2010
Haiti’s Flag Day
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Blue and red

May 25th 2010
Memorial Day
Memorial Day began in the United States on May 30, 1868, after the Civil War had ended. Flowers were put on the graves of both sides, in order to help heal the nation. It was later expanded to include all men who had died in America's wars.
Hair styling suggestions: Flowers

May 28th 2010
Philippines Flag Day
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Red, white, blue and yellow

June
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are trailing green willow (yanagi) leaves with pinks, or less commonly hydrangea (ajisai) flowers. Willow is a traditional image associated with geisha. This month is the rainy season in Japan and therefore willow (a water loving tree) and the washy blue of hydrangea is appropriate.

June 5th 2010
Father’s day
Many Catholics call St. Joseph's Day, on March 19, Father's Day because Joseph was the father of Jesus. Most people celebrate the modern version of Father's Day as a time to honour Dad.
Hair styling suggestions: Hearts

June 6th 2010
Sweden’s Flag Day
Day of the Swedish flag ("svenska flaggans dag") since late 19th Century, also commemorated as National Day of Sweden since 1983
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Blue and yellow

June 6th 2010
D-day
The Normandy Landings were the first operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy. It is a time to stop and remember those who served to protect the freedom of all.
Hair styling suggestions: Military symbols

June 7th 2009
Peru’s Flag Day
Commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Arica.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Red and white

June 14th 2010
Flag Day
Celebrated on June 14 to honour the American flag
Hair styling suggestions: Red, white and blue accessories

June 20th 2010
Argentina’s Independence Day
Anniversary of the death of Manuel Belgrano, who created the current flag.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: White, blue and yellow

June 21st 2010
Summer solstice
The sun shines for the greatest number of hours on this day. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. It occurs exactly six months after the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice. Ancient people thought the summer solstice was an important time for ceremonies to worship the sun.
Hair styling suggestions: Yellow or accessories with suns on

June 23rd and 24th 2010
Midsummer’s day
Midsummer's Eve - the night before Midsummer's Day is a time for fairies and magic according to old European traditions. It is also a time for telling the future and for discovering your true love. Midsummer’s' Day is a traditional also known as St. John's Day. People have lit midsummer fires in honour of the sun for centuries.
Hair styling suggestions: Accessories with sun symbols or fairies

July
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are featuring a display of fans. These will usually be of the round uchiwa variety, but occasionally folding dancing fans are also featured. The fans featured in a maiko's July kanzashi varies each year, in line with the Gion Festival. There are common themes such as dragonflies and lines denoting swirling water. Other kanzashi worn during July are the fireworks kanzashi and tsuyushiba (dew drops on grass).

July 1st 2010
Canada day
Canada Day celebrates the events that occurred on July 1, 1867, when the British North America Act created the Canadian federal government.
Hair styling suggestions: Red and white accessories

July 4th 2010
US Independence Day
Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate their independence with picnics, barbecues, fireworks and family gatherings
Hair styling suggestions: Red, white and blue accessories

July 7th 2010
Tanabata
It's a Japanese tradition wherein people write their wishes on tanzaku paper (colorful, small strips of paper) and hang them on bamboo branches. People also hang many kinds of paper decorations on bamboo branches and place them outside their houses. In some regions, people light lanterns and float them on the river, or float bamboo leaves on the river.
Hair styling suggestions: Lanterns or paper accessories

July 14th 2010
Bastille Day in France
Bastille Day is the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year, it is called Fête Nationale ("National Celebration") in official parlance, or more commonly le quatorze juillet ("14 July"). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation
Hair styling suggestions: Blue, white, and red, but no stars or American flags

Igor
May 7th, 2009, 03:23 AM
July 22nd 2009
Pi day. This one is for the nerds! :wink:
π is one of the most important mathematical and physical constants: many formulae from mathematics, science, and engineering involve π. Pi or π is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle's circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space; this is the same value as the ratio of a circle's area to the square of its radius. It is approximately equal to 3.14159 in the usual decimal notation
Hair styling suggestions: Infinity bun held by a pi-looking fork, such as some of Baerreis's designs.

August
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are featuring purple morning glory (asagao) or susuki grass. The susuki grass appears as a starburst of spines. Senior maiko wear silver-white and junior maiko wear pink or red.

August 6th 2010
Hiroshima day
Hiroshima Day is observed in many parts of the world with special vigils and peace marches. It is held to commemorate the dropping of the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
Hair styling suggestions: Peace symbols

August 11th 2009
Pakistan’s Flag Day
The National Assembly adopted the Flag of Pakistan on this day.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Green and white

August 13th to 16th 2010
Obon festival
O-bon is a Buddhist event and one of the most important traditions for Japanese people. It is the period of praying for the repose of the souls of one's ancestors. People believe that their ancestors' spirits come back to their homes to be reunited with their family during o-bon.
Hair styling suggestions: Buddhist symbols

August 15th 2010
India's Independence day
For Baisakhi dress up Bengali women (Indian and Bangladeshi Hindus as well as Muslims) generally wear their hair loose or in some sort of bun decorated with thick strands of jasmine
Hair styling suggestions: Flag colours white, orange and green

August 15th 2010
Assumption of Mary
Many different Catholic congregations celebrate August 15 as a religious holiday for the Assumption of Mary.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

August 22nd 2010
Russian federations Flag Day
Commemorates raising the flag of the contemporary design over the Supreme Soviet building after a failed coup d'état attempt in 1991.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Red, white and blue

Ramadan 2010
The holiest month of the year for Muslims. During Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims all over the world unite in a period of fasting and spiritual reflection, renewal and family bonds. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "For the person who is fasting, there are two moments of happiness and rejoicing; when he breaks his fast, and when he meets his Lord."
Hair styling suggestions: Simple, demure styles

September
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are featuring Japanese bellflower (kikyo). The purple tones are traditionally associated with autumn. Often these will be mixed with the other autumn flowers: bush clover, patrinia, chrysanthemum, Japanese boneset, kudzu and pinks.

September 3rd 2010
Australia’s Flag Day
Anniversary of the first flying of the Australian National Flag in 1901.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Red, white and blue

September 6th 2010
Labour Day
An annual holiday celebrated all over the world that resulted from the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. The majority of countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1, and it is popularly known as May Day and International Workers' Day. The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in the Eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
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September 13th 2010
National grandparent’s day
The holiday has three purposes: To honour grandparents everywhere, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children and to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer
Hair styling suggestions: Wearing something your grandparents gave you

September 22nd 2010
Autumn equinox
The autumn equinox and the spring equinox are the two days in the year when the hours of daylight and darkness are exactly equal.
Hair styling suggestions: Autumn colours or leaf accessories

September 16th 2010
International day of peace
The third Tuesday in September is the opening day of the United Nations General Assembly
Hair styling suggestions: Peace symbol

September 19th 2010
Eid al-Fitr
Known as the Little Festival or the Festival of Fast-breaking. It marks the end of Ramadan. On the eve of Eid al-Fitr everyone looks for the new moon, if they see it they can end their fasting. Festivities may last for three days.
Hair styling suggestions: Muslim symbols

November 30th 2010
Scotland’s national day
St Andrew's Day, the national day of Scotland.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Blue and white

October
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are featuring chrysanthemum (kiku). These are well loved in Japan, and are a symbol of the Imperial Family. Usually the chrysanthemums featured are red and white, a combination which signals the height of autumn.

October 12th 2010
Canadian Thanksgiving
The Sunday before Thanksgiving Monday is often marked at Christian churches by services thanking God not only for the harvest of food, but also for other blessings. Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated earlier then American Thanksgiving because of the times of the harvest in Canada.
Hair styling suggestions: Turkey accessories

October 12th 2010
Dia de la raza and Columbus day
Latin Americans and Hispanics celebrate October 12 as the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's discovery of the New World.
Hair styling suggestions:

October 31st 2010
Halloween
Many of today's Halloween traditions go back to the time of the Celtic people. On October 31, their New Year's Eve, the Celtic herders would gather with the rest of the Druids, to honour their chief god known as the Samhain. If the Celts had to go outside on the feast of Samhain, they felt it was best to go disguised, so that the spirits would not recognize them. This is how the tradition of dressing up for Halloween came about
Hair styling suggestions: Celtic symbols or anything that goes with your costume

November
Traditional Japanese kanzashi are trailing autumnal leaves. These may be a generic yellow leaf or the characteristic red maple leaf. Maple viewing is the autumnal equivalent in Japan of cherry blossom viewing. Ginkgo and liquidambar leaves are also employed.

November 1st 2010
All souls day and all saints day
The day, which is a legal holiday in France, dates back to the seventh century and was derived from a much earlier feast. All Saint's Day is observed as a special or red-letter day in many Christian churches where special services are held to remember all of the saints known and unknown who do not have a specific day named in their honour.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

November 5th 2010
Guy Fawkes Day
Celebration of the capture and execution by burning an effigy (model) of Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up the House of Parliament in England with gunpowder. It is a tradition to light bonfires
Hair styling suggestions: A tiny doll or figure in your hair

November 10th 2010
Mortensaften
It’s a Danish tradition to serve duck for dinner on this day
Hair styling suggestions: Duck accessories

November 11th 2010
Remembrance Day and Veterans Day
It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I
It is a time to stop and remember those who served to protect the freedom of all.
Hair styling suggestions: Military or peace symbols

November 11th 2010
St. Martin’s day
On the 11th day of the 11th month at exactly 11 minutes past 11 o'clock a.m. St. Martin's day is celebrated. Martin, the bishop of Tours, lived in the 4th century. St. Martin's day celebrates the end of the agrarian year and the beginning of the harvesting
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

November 14th 2010
Volkstrauertag
(German: national day of mourning) is a public holiday in Germany. It commemorates those who those who died due to the violence of a oppressive government, those who died in war and the victims of violent oppression.
Hair styling suggestions: Peace symbols

November 15th 2009
Shichi-Go-San is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three and seven year-old girls and five year-old boys.
Hair styling suggestions: Girls aged 3 or 7 usually wear Tsumami Kanzashi (Chirimen fabric flowers) and/or Gin Bira Kanzashi (kanzashi with many silver thin plates)

November 16th 2010
Louis Riel day
Louis Riel was a famous Metis leader who helped his people form a government and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870. In 1885, Riel led a rebellion against the Canadian authorities in the west because he feared that more and more Metis lands would be lost to new settlers. Today his name is a symbol of native independence.
Hair styling suggestions: Native Canadian symbols

November 19th 2010
Brazils Flag Day
Flag Day in Brazil, adopted in 1889
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Green, yellow and blue

November 25th 2010
Saint Catherine's Day is known as la fête des vielles filles (old maids), for ladies over 25 and still unmarried. Apparently, there was a girl by the name of Catherine who was executed around the year 307 because she refused to marry a Roman emperor. That began a tradition where girls who hadn't found a husband by the age of 25 were called Catherines
Hair styling suggestions:

Igor
May 7th, 2009, 03:24 AM
November 26th 2010
US Thanksgiving
The custom of celebrating Thanksgiving, an annual celebration held after the harvest began around 1621 when the Pilgrims fulfilled a successful and bountiful harvest in the New World.
Hair styling suggestions: Turkey or autumn accessories

November 28th 2010
Albania’s Independence Day
Celebrating the independence day, 1912.
Hair accessory suggestions: The colours of the flag: Red and black

November 29th 2010
First of Advent
Advent means arrival. To Christians it means the four weeks leading up to Christmas
Hair styling suggestions: Christmas accessories

November 30th 2010
St. Andrew's Day.
The Scots, Poles and Russians celebrate St. Andrew's Day. Andrew was the first of Christ's apostles and travelled widely preaching the Christian gospel, until he was crucified by a Roman governor.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

December
The Japanese make mochi at this time of year, and often decorate trees with them, to represent white flowers. It is thought to be good luck to wear kanzashi featuring mochibana, or rice cake flowers. December kanzashi also feature two maneki which are tiny blank tags. Traditionally maiko visit the Minamiza Theatre and ask two of their favourite Kabuki actors to autograph them with their Kabuki nom de plume. Some December kanzashi also include bamboo leaves.

December 6th 2010
St. Nicholas day
In honour of St. Nicholas Dutch and German communities celebrate. The Dutch say that Sint Nikolaas or Sinterklass and his helper Zwarte Piet or Black Pete would travel by horse to homes. Children would leave out a pair of polished shoes filled with hay and carrots. If the children were good it was replaced with candy and gifts. If the children were not good, Black Pete would leave a piece of coal.
Hair styling suggestions: Candy accessories

December 13th 2010
Second of Advent
Advent means arrival. To Christians it means the four weeks leading up to Christmas
Hair styling suggestions: Christmas accessories

December 13th 2010
St. Lucia
A festival of light that marks the beginning of the Christmas season for people from Scandinavian countries. They say, St. Lucia comes to make the darkness disappear. Lucia means Light. To celebrate, the female playing the role of St. Lucia wears a white dress with a red sash and a crown of candles
Hair styling suggestions: White, red or candle accessories

December 16th to December 24th 2010
Las Posadas
The Hispanic community prepares for the arrival of Christmas with processions called Posadas. This represents the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph on the nine nights before Jesus' birthday. The novena (a prayer said on nine consecutive days) of Las Posadas traditionally begins on December 16th and continues through Christmas Eve, each night a search for shelter, a series of refusals, and a final resting place. Today, Las Posadas is usually condensed into one evening, Christmas Eve, and the final festivities are always followed with Midnight Mass.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

December 21st 2010
Winter solstice
Solstice means the sun stands still. The winter solstice is the day when the midday sun is at its lowest point above the horizon. Often celebrated with parties and winter customs
Hair styling suggestions:

December 24th 2010
Christmas Eve
Many families celebrate Christmas Eve with dinners, visiting and carol-singing, followed by midnight church services. Norwegians say that Christmas Peace descends at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Polish families believe Christmas Eve celebrations begin when the first star is spotted, symbolizing the Star of Bethlehem. Italian families often fast for 24-hours prior to Christmas Eve then gather to eat a meatless meal on the eve. Germans call the night before Christmas Heilig Abend, meaning holy night. Attending midnight mass is said to be a way to rejoice in the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Portuguese call their midnight mass the Missa do Galo, meaning a mass for the rooster.
Hair styling suggestions: Christmas accessories

December 25th 2010
Christmas day
It celebrates Jesus Christ's birth. Though the real historical date of the birth of Jesus is unknown, the church declared that his birthday mass would be celebrated on December 25. Many customs of the past include solstice celebrations of lighting special fires and evergreen decorations. Other traditions include Christmas lights, Mistletoe, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Yule Logs and more
Hair styling suggestions: Christmas accessories

December 25th to January 5th 2011
12 days of Christmas
Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25 until January 5). The origin of the Twelve Days is complicated, and is related to differences in calendars, church traditions, and ways to observe this holy day in various cultures.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

December 26th 2010
Boxing Day
English custom of giving Christmas boxes containing food or money to family servants and suppliers.
Hair styling suggestions: Little gift box accessories or bows

December 26th 2010
St. Stephen's Day
St. Stephen's Day honours the first Christian martyr, stoned to death shortly after the Crucifixion. St. Stephen's Day is a national holiday in Ireland, but the celebrations have little connection to the Saint. In Ireland, St. Stephen's Day is the day for Hunting the Wren or Going on the Wren.
Hair styling suggestions: Christian symbols

December 26th to January 1st 2010
Kwanzaa
A professor, Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga, wanted to encourage African Americans to celebrate their heritage so he started Kwanzaa in California in 1966. Traditionally beginning December 26, families exchange gifts and have African cultural feasts and festivities. The word "Kwanzaa" is an East African word which means "first fruits" and refers to the celebration of the harvest of first crops in traditional African society. Kwanzaa is based on seven principles, collectively called Nguzo Saba, and is celebrated for seven days
Hair styling suggestions: African Americans, wear your hair proud and natural

December 28th 2010
Holy innocent’s day
Although there are no historical evidence for this even, this catholic Holy Day is observed in commemoration of the described slaughter of male infants in Bethlehem in the bible during Herod the Great's attempt to kill the infant Jesus. It is a time for children to be especially blessed in church.

December 31st 2010: New years
New years
At this time of year all maiko and geisha wear unhusked rice ears on the right side of their coiffure. These kanzashi also feature eyeless white doves. The maiko and geisha fill in one eye and ask somebody they like to draw the other.
Hair styling suggestions: New Year’s accessories, updo with anything sparkly/glittery woven in.


Thanks for the help to:
Akiko
Darkhorse1
enfys
freznow
hairyfairy
Madame J
Tornerose

enfys
May 7th, 2009, 05:44 AM
For some reason I thought 1 post by Igor, 6 replies. Then I see it's all just your hard work!

Good stuff! It'll be fun to refer to.

ETA: Oh I just saw you thanked me for help. It was you who put all the effort in really!

Calista
May 7th, 2009, 06:09 AM
October 3rd is our national holiday here in Germany. Suggested colours: black, red, gold! :waving:

Kunoichi
May 7th, 2009, 06:51 PM
Wow! You did a lot of homework for this thread. Nice job!! :cheese:

Kinda' off topic quesiton, but it relates to the May = Japanese part. Anybody know where I can order some of those beautiful traditional Japanese (geisha style) hair combs, etc.? I have found a couple of sites, but it's $150+ for a comb. :rolleyes:

If not the real thing, then some good looking knock offs? LOL :jestor:

Thanks!

:beercheer:

Paliele
May 7th, 2009, 07:31 PM
Wow, impressive research! In reading through, there's a holiday on my birthday that I've never heard of before. Must learn more... :)