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It’s a holiday at the end of May that is absolutely unforgettable: Memorial Day, a day
whose solemn objective of remembrance is made more joyous by the thoughts of the
summer barbecues and pool parties soon to follow. Scheduled to occur the last Monday
of every May, it has traditionally been a celebration in honor of all soldiers who have
fallen in the line of duty. But owing to its position on the cusp of vacation season, it is
also a time for many to make use of their time off by holding get-togethers, and staying
in touch with their friends and family with a Memorial Day greeting, poem or greeting card. That
way, Memorial Day can truly be memorable.
The history of Memorial Day dates back to the end of the Civil War. Adopted by
individual states originally as “Decoration Day”, the title eventually evolved into
Memorial Day in the early 20th century, though it remains a holiday with decorative flair.
Many events are arranged to honor fallen service members; 3 P.M. local time across the
country is recognized as the official moment of remembrance, and events are held at
military cemeteries throughout the country. Another event held in honor of Memorial
Day is the Indianapolis 500, a form of observance that would at first seem a bit of a non
sequitur until you consider that tearing down a piece of asphalt in an overpowered vehicle
has become thoroughly enshrined as a part of classic Americana. But while you’re out
firing up the grill and watching the events of the big race unfold, take a moment to of
friends and family, and perhaps send them a warm Memorial Day message or greeting –
it doesn’t even have to be NASCAR themed.
It’s the holiday that comes to you with a pipe, a cardigan and a stern but loving smile: Father’s Day. Father’s day is a time for everyone to show a little love for their old man, and we’re here to help you find a Father’s day card with the perfect message. After all, how can we not have a soft spot for the one person in our life from whom we learned carpentry, home maintenance and repair, auto mechanics, and in the process plenty of profanity as well? Father’s Day is celebrated on differing days throughout the world, in the US it is scheduled for the third Sunday of June. Although the clichéd gift of choice for Father’s Day is a tie, many people also choose to send a greeting, a poem or piece of craftwork; other popular items include light-hearted or funny Father’s Day cards.To top it off, one of the best ways to make dads feel special on Father’s day is to pretendlike you’re as interested in stock car racing or the PGA tour as they are.
Nobody was sending Father’s day cards via Pony Express, as the nationwide holiday was first celebrated in 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Inspired by similar efforts to make Mother’s Day a national holiday, Father’s Day advocates took to the streets, making the case for their holiday and in some cases telling people that if they didn’t support the holiday they would be grounded. While their campaign attracted attention from the likes of Woodrow Wilson, it wasn’t officially recognized as a holiday until the presidency of Richard Nixon, who after all was the father of the Watergate scandal. Ever since, the day has been a time for people around the nation to come to papa, with Father’s day card sales and long distance calls exploding - especially collect calls, since our pops have taught us to be thrifty. And while the dads of the world may be known for their crustiness, they’re still loveable in a Rip Torn sort of way. Why not let them know you’re thinking of them with a Father’s Day card or a greeting card with Father’s Day sayings? Because deep within that salty exterior there’s a lovable spirit that even the best car accessory or new electronic gizmo can’t cover.
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for a people to blow up an obscene amount of fireworks, celebrate the country’s heritage, and perhaps throw a kickin’ barbecue, you know it’s time for Fourth of July (commonly referred to as the 4th of July). We in the United States hold these truths self evident; that around this time every summer people are endowed with a knack for festive celebrations, an overwhelming desire to find tasty Fourth of July recipes, perhaps for red white and blue cupcakes, a need to declare your patriotism with 4th of July cards, and a propensity to adorn their residence with the biggest American flag they can find. But while many people enjoy living it up at Independence day celebrations, it’s also a time when many choose to exercise their inalienable right to free speech by sending 4th of July cards to friends and family – a great way to warm your friends’ hearts and live up to the ideals of the founding fathers at the same time. So grab a hot dog and browse Card Gnome’s selection of patriotic 4th of July cards.
The history of the Fourth of July is well known by any red blooded American. Tired of the escalating British restrictions and only “virtual” representation, the colonists ultimately declared themselves independent of Britain, though it would take them another decade or so of bloody battles and bickering to settle on a constitution. Though the day of July fourth has always been recognized as America’s Independence Day since that time, initial celebrations were a bit more reserved and it took a long time for it to become the mega holiday it is today. However, we still keep the 18th Century custom of shooting off fireworks for Independence Day, even if today those rockets red glare are often made in China. So kick back, breathe the warm summer air, and enjoy your freedoms. And even for those of you who may have to suffer through overly charred hot dogs at a family barbecue, you can at least take consolation and send a 4th of July card knowing that you’re the reason this country is called “The Home of the Brave.”
It’s a whole month of Muslim commemoration: Ramadan! Ramadan changes every year in relation to the western calendar, which means that it can happen in either the summer or winter. Ramadan is intended to serve as a period of reflection, and is a great time to send Eid Mubarak cards to those you care about.
Ramadan comes from the Arabic root word “rmd”, which refers to something hot or scorched; or perhaps in this case to how exhausted Ramadan observers feel at the end. It is signaled by the rising of the first crescent moon, coinciding with the symbol of Islam. Card Gnome’s hand picked Eid Mubarak cards depict the traditional symbols of Ramadan.
The month of Ramadan was chosen as it is commonly believed to be the month in which the Koran was brought down from heaven, prompting many during Ramadan to wish that God had waited another month. Aside from the tradition of fasting, Ramadan is a time for ceremonial Koran readings, organized charitable events, and the traditional sunset feast of Iftar. Ramadan culminates with Eid ul-Fitr, a three day celebration at the end of the month. The final day of this festival is known as the day of Eid, in which the fast ends and it is actually forbidden not to eat, though this is hardly a necessary prohibition for the ravenous Ramadan observers. Eid ul-Fitr (or just Eid for short) is also a time to give small gifts, especially to children, and also a popular time to send greetings and cards of “Eid Mubarak” – blessed Eid. The important thing is that Ramadan is a time for all Muslims to celebrate their religion, from the first fast to the end of Eid, even if they don’t get to go as crazy with the gift giving as the Christians do. Our collection of beautiful Ramadan cards send the message of love and blessings all month. So take some time to send an Eid Mubarak card to loved ones. The best part is, you have all month to do it!
It’s a day you shouldn’t miss: the day to celebrate your sis! Sisters’ Day is a day for
everyone with a sister or who is a sister to celebrate. Arriving every year on the first
Sunday of every August, it’s the perfect time to set aside your sibling rivalry and
kick back with your sympathetic sibling to sip some lemonade or some other sisterly
activity. And it’s also a great time to let your sister know you’re thinking of her, and you
appreciate her help throughout your life. It’s common to send sisters a message or card
for Sisters’ Day, though it’s recommended not to send any cards saying “Mom loves me
The celebration of Sisters ‘Day remains relatively informal. Though rumored to have
roots that go as far back as ancient India, it still has received little official recognition.
However, plenty of people still choose to celebrate it; after all, how can we forget the one
person who has been there for us, even after our parents put us on a time out? Though it
may not be as well organized as the parental holidays, your sis will surely still appreciate
a friendly greeting on Sisters’ Day – you might even take Sisters’ Day as an opportunity
to apologize for all those noogies you gave her, even if she deserved them.
Ten-hut! Mark your calendar soldier, the third Saturday of May is Armed Forces Day. According to the U.S. Defense Department, Armed Forces Day is “a type of ‘educational program for civilians,’ one in which there would be an increased awareness of the Armed Forces.” Fortunately they have found ways to achieve this goal that don’t involve putting the whole civilian populace through boot camp. The order of the day usually involves parades, voluntary informational sessions, and open houses at certain military bases and facilities. It’s enough to put the mind of any military enthusiast at ease, unless of course said enthusiast has to wake up to a bugle blast of reveille that morning.
Armed Forces Day comes near the end of Armed Forces Week, which begins a week earlier and ends the next day, a nine day event in total. The history of Armed Forces Day goes back to the late 1940s; at that time each branch of the military separated its own holiday separately, and as a result, nobody paid much attention to any of them. The first Armed Forces Day was announced by the Defense Department in 1949 and recognized by President Truman the next year. In contrast to other military holidays, Armed Forces Day focuses on currently serving military personnel, as well as its goal of awareness and education. Thus, it’s a pretty good time to write to friends or family in the military to thank them for their service. And for those serving in the armed forces, it’s a great opportunity to request that your civilian friends drop and do 100 push ups.
Flag Day was officially established in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson--it acknowledges the day (in 1777) that the U.S. adopted its national flag. Parades are held every year to commemorate this patriotic holiday.
Though research has not been able to discover the actual date when this holiday began, nor has it been revealed specifically who created this holiday, it seems a likely guess that the Chocolate Confectioners are at the heart of it all! Being America’s favorite flavor, made quite apparent in our candies, ice cream, breakfast cereals and host of toppings; chocolate is unequaled in popularity and deserving of its day of honor. National Chocolate Day is the opportunity to indulge in all the goodness of chocolate, all day long. Celebrate with hot cocoa, chocolate biscuits, ice-cream, candy and cakes . . . enjoy a sweet day of indulgence!
We don't know much about this day, but honestly don't need a lot of reason to celebrate our friends! When one of our artists brought up this holiday we did some research. This is what Wikipedia says it is all about:
"International Friendship Day is a day for celebrating friendship. The day has been celebrated in several southern South American countries for many years, particularly in Paraguay, where the first World Friendship Day was proposed in 1958.
Initially created by the greeting card industry, evidence from social networking sites shows a revival of interest in the holiday that may have grown with the spread of the Internet, particularly in India, Bangladesh, and Malaysia. Digital communication modes such as the Internet and mobile phones may be helping to popularize the custom, since greeting friends en masse is now easier than before. Those who promote the holiday in South Asia attribute the tradition of dedicating a day in honor of friends to have originated in the U.S. in 1935, but it actually dates from 1919. The exchange of Friendship Day gifts like flowers, cards and wrist bands is a popular tradition of this occasion. Friendship Day celebrations occur on different dates in different countries. The first World Friendship Day was proposed for 30 July 1958. On 27 April 2011 the General Assembly of the United Nations declared 30 July as official International Friendship Day. However, some countries, including India, celebrate Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August."