HOLIDAYS and CELEBRATIONS
Emperor Norton I Day - January 8th In memory of Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States and protector of Mexico. The "patron saint" of unrecognized nations. This holiday is traditionally celebrated with a "Cookie Dough Fest" (see also "The Molossian Kitchen")
Molossaphone Day - 28 January A day to laud our National Musical Instrument, the Molossaphone!
Chinese New Year - Late January to mid-February (see below). Celebrated by eating Chinese food, of course!
Jack Day - February 4th In memory of the former First Dog, born on this day in 1991, died in 2001.
Mardi Gras - Mid-February to mid-March (see below). Celebrated with New Orleans food, a party and maybe even a parade!
Mir Day - March 23rd Remembers the day in 2001 when the former Soviet space station came crashing to Earth.
Qingming Festival - April 5th (give or take). Adapted from the Chinese festival of the same name, this is the day we clean the Molossia Cemetery, usually in conjunction with related sprucing up of the entire nation. Also honors departed Molossians. On Qingming day Molossians eat cold food, a practice adapted from the related Chinese Holiday Hanshi. This usually means a trip to Subway is in order.
Kickassia Invasion Victory Day - April 11th On 9 April 2010 XXXIII the upstart micronation of Kickassia invaded our nation and overthrew Our President, installing a new government. Two days later on 11 April, the invasion imploded and control Molossia was returned to The President, a victory for our country.
St. Expeditus' Day - April 19th - Feast Day St. Expeditus is the patron saint of Molossia - even though there are no Catholic Molossians. Because of St. Expeditus' New Orleans connections, this holiday may be a good time to have a muffaletta.
Heroes Day - April 30th The day on which we recognize the Heroes of Molossia, those individuals that have helped make our nation the great place it is today, and the day upon which we remember the wartime sacrifices made for our nation by all Molossians.
Boulder Day - May 1st The day we moved that very large boulder, celebrated with meatball subs!
Founder's Day - May 26th Founder's Day is Molossia's principal National Holiday. This day remembers the date, in 1977, when Molossia (then known as Vuldstein), first became a nation. Usually celebrated with a general get-together of all Molossians and a barbecue, all in Norton Park.
VM (Victory Mustachistan) Day - June 8th VM Day commemorates the victory of Molossia over the nation of Mustachistan in the war that took place in May - June 2006 XXIX.
St. Swithun's Day - July 15th No particular reason, it just sounds funny. And it never rains in Molossia on St. Swithun's Day.
Tranquility Day - July 20th Remembers the day in 1969 when men first landed on the Moon.
President's Day - July 30th Birthday of His Excellency, the President. Actually celebrated as many times as possible during July, culminating with a trip to the Olive Garden, on or about July 30th.
Katrina Day - August 29th Remembrance day in honor of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, August 29th, 2005.
Flag Day - September 9th Remembers the day the Molossian flag first flew over our sovereign territory, in 1998. It still does.
Moonpie Festival - September 15th Adaptation of the Chinese Moon Festival, marking the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Celebrated by eating Moonpies, of course!
Day of Merriment - October 15th Our First Lady's Birthday, a day of happiness and celebration - and presents, cake and ice cream!
Halloween - October 31st A huge holiday in Molossia, with all of the usual trappings, including costumes, candy and trick-or-treating.
Laika Day - November 3rd The original "Dog Day" of Molossia, celebrating our canine friends. Dog biscuit, anyone?
Guy Fawkes Day - November 5th A day to have a bonfire, burn the Guy and probably have smores!
Utopia Memorial Day - November 17th Utopia Memorial Day recalls the now-defunct nation of the United Provinces of Utopia, of which Molossia was once briefly a province. The original "Cookie Dough Fest" Day.
Christmas Day - December 25th The biggest holiday of the year, celebrated with presents, music, Christmas movies, Christmas cookies and lasagna for Christmas Dinner (this is in honor of our Italian heritage). The Christmas Eve meal is a more traditional fare of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, etc.
Boxing Day - December 26th No particular reason except that it sounds neat, and is quintessentially British. We tend to be Anglophiles in Molossia. Celebrated with our own version of "Shepherd's Pie".
Also, the Republic does not officially observe New Year's (January 1st) as a holiday. Rather, we observe the Chinese New Year's Day as a holiday, and as our symbolic annual "new beginning".
The new year will begin on the following dates:
28 January 2017 (Year of the Rooster)
16 February 2018 (Year of the Dog)
5 February 2019 (Year of the Pig)
25 January 2020 (Year of the Rat)
12 February 2021 (year of the Ox)
1 February 2022 (Year of the Tiger)
22 January 2023 (Year of the Rabbit)
Mardi Gras will take place on the following dates:
13 February 2018
5 March 2019
25 February 2020
16 February 2021
1 March 2022
21 February 2023
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