National Punctuation Day - A celebration of punctuation that takes place every year on September 24th. Founded by Jeff Rubin in 2004, National Punctuation Day simply promotes the proper use of punctuation. Rubin encourages appreciators of correct punctuation and spelling to send pictures of errors identified in every day life.
National Punctuation Day has been recognized nationally in the media and at celebrations by people of all ages. A few of these famous events are listed below:
- FontFeed attributes National Punctuation Day to the resurgence of the ligature of question and exclamation marks.
- StudioSTLSt. Louis, Mo. promotes National Punctuation Day, holding an annual happy hour fundraiser. The event makes money for their free writing programs and raises awareness for the value of correct punctuation.
- Auburn Auburn Elementary School, Michigan celebrates National Punctuation Day annually.
- CBSLive with Regis & Kelly, mentioned National Punctuation Day in their morning television show on September 24, 2008.
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The date of the national holiday is assigned to the day that is most important in the history of the formation of the state or nation (nationality). As a rule, this day is a national holiday, holiday events are held in the state. Most often, a national holiday is called Independence Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Republic Day, Saint's Day, Monarchy Day, and so on.
Usually a state has one national holiday, however, for example, Pakistan celebrates several of them. In Hong Kong and Macau - special administrative regions of China, both the day of the creation of its administrative region and the National Day of the People's Republic of China are celebrated.
The importance attached to the Day of the nation, and the scope of the festivities vary greatly from state to state. In Spain, for example, Day of Spain has an exact date of origin - October 12, 1492, when Christopher Columbus first set foot on the shore of America. At festive events, a military parade is held on this day (usually in Madrid) under the leadership of the King of Spain. In France, Nation Day is celebrated on July 14 and is called National Day (outside of France it is called Bastille Day). It is widely celebrated in the country, the French tricolor on this day can be seen in all corners, and the President of the Republic takes part in a military parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris. July 4 is Independence Day in the United States. It is widely celebrated with fireworks and barbecue. In the Republic of Ireland, the national holiday is March 17, St. Patrick's Day. It is a day off, and is widely celebrated for many years. In recent years, it has become a full-fledged public national holiday in Northern Ireland. However, in the rest of the UK, choosing a patron saint is not a key issue. Recently, companies began to encourage the celebration of the national holiday of England, Scotland and Wales on the day of St. Andrew. In 2007, the Scottish Parliament passed a special law fixing the holiday in honor of this saint. There are other suggestions for introducing Nation Day in the UK.
Most states have fixed Nation Day dates, but there are other cases. Jamaica, for example, celebrates its national day on the first Monday of August. She notes independence from Great Britain, which was signed on Monday, August 6, 1962 - the first Monday of August this year. Another example is Thailand, which celebrates its king’s birthday on December 5th. This date will change after the change of monarch.
In the Russian Federation, the national holiday - Day of Russia, is celebrated annually on June 12. It was established in 1992 in honor of the adoption of the Declaration on State Sovereignty of the RSFSR (1990).