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Erika Hayes, Author – Write like a reader, read like a writer and edit like a beast!

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Today is a day in America that celebrates independence.  It is important to many in the country because of the price that freedom. A character in your story may find this holiday especially important if they are former or current military or civil servants.  Using the celebration of holidays in your writing can help to add depth to them and their backstory.  Having a character celebrate a little known holiday because of family tradition or because they are from another country can be a natural way to add more interest to your writing. (I mean who doesn’t like to learn new things when they are reading.)

Here are a few non-American, (as I am American) special holidays a writer can research to add layers to characters.

  • England – Commonwealth Day – March 14
  • England – Trafalgar Day  – October 11
  • England – Punky Night – October 17
  • Ireland – Bloomsday – June 16
  • Ireland – May Day – First Monday in May
  • Ireland – June Bank Holiday – first Monday in June
  • Canada – Canada Day – July 1
  • Canada – Boxing Day – December 26
  • Canada – Family Day – Third Monday in February (not all provinces)
  • China – Qing Ming Jie (Tomb Sweeping Day) – Early April
  • China – Ghost Day or Spirit Festival – August
  • China – Maritime Day – July 11
  • Mexico – Cinco de Mayo – May 5
  • Mexico – Dia de la Independencia – September 16
  • Mexico – Día de los Fieles Difuntos – November 2
  • South Africa – Human Rights Day – March 21
  • South Africa – Youth Day – June 16
  • South Africa – Freedom Day – April 27

 

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