Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chokhor Duchen, Colonization Martyrs' Day, more

August 3rd, 2011, is Chokhor Duchen, Colonization Martyrs' Day,  Independence Day (Niger), Armed Forces Day (Equatorial Guinea), and Watermelon Day.

Chokhor Duchen is one of the four major Tibetan Buddhist holidays, celebrating each of the great deeds of Buddha. Chokhor Duchen commemorates the first sermon of Buddha, in which he delivered the Four Noble Truths.

Guinea-Bissau celebrates Colonization Martyrs' Day on August 3rd. The day is also known as Pidjiguiti Martyrs’ Day, remembering those who were killed at Pidjiguiti.

Niger observes Independence Day on August 3rd, celebrating independence from France.

Equatorial Guinea observes Armed Forces Day on August 3rd.

Watermelon Day is a great excuse - as if you needed one - to eat watermelon. Eat a lot if you want, because it's mostly water and all delicious. Even the rind is good, pickled.

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