Originally posted by Sahuaro
I think most people don't celebrate holidays that aren't part of their local culture, although they know it exists somewhere on the calendar. I don't celebrate Anzac Day either, but I can tell you all about Cinco de Mayo as well as the new Cesar Chavez day, because those are locally celebrated holidays. You are not ignorant of these, of course.
Earlier you (Sahuaro) apparently implied that you were ignorant of the
existence of International Women's Day as a holiday in any society.
Of course, I know that ANZAC Day (April 25) is observed in Australia
and New Zealand in honour of its soldiers who fought in the Dardanelles
Campaign against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.
Indeed, from memory I could write a brief account of that military campaign.
And, of course, I also know that Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is celebrated by
people of Mexican heritage (largely in the USA) in remembrance of a
Mexican victory over the French in an 1862 battle. The French went on
to avenge that defeat and set up the Hapsburg Archduke Maximilian as
Emperor of Mexico, whose reign would be short-lived.
I also know that Cesar Chavez was a major Mexican-American labor leader
and civil rights activist, whose birthday has become an official holiday in
a few US states (probably with large Latino communities), but I don't recall
his birthday. I also don't remember the birthdays of many of my relatives.
On a July 14th, I told (in passing) an American woman that it was Bastille
Day (La Fete Nationale), which I described as France's 'national day'.
Looking puzzled, she asked me, "Do the French have a different calendar
from normal people (Americans)?" "No, it's the same Gregorian calendar."
Then she said, "Then how could the French have got it so wrong?" "What
do you mean?" She said, "Because Independence Day is the 4th of July!
Everyone knows that! Why can't the stupid French celebrate it right?"