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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 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.”
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.