Towel Day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans. On this day, fans openly carry a towel with them, as described in Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, to demonstrate their appreciation for the books and the author. The commemoration was first held 25 May 2001, two weeks after Adams’ death on 11 May.
North Korea launched two ballistic missiles in the early hours of Thursday. This was announced by the Japanese government, explaining that the test of ‘two unidentified bullets’ took place shortly after 7 am local time (midnight in Italy), and the missiles landed in the sea of Japan, just outside the exclusive economic zone of Tokyo. .
This is the first launch of this type of weapon by Pyongyang since the administration of US President Joe Biden took office. In the previous test carried out last weekend, in fact, no ballistic trajectory missiles were used.
The developments come a few days from the military exercises carried out in the US command in collaboration with South Korea and the visit of the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken together with the Minister of Defense, Lloyd Austin, first in Tokyo and then in Seoul, to strengthen relations with allied countries.
Memorial Day (previously, but now seldom, called Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is now observed on the last Monday of May, having been observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Many volunteers place an American flag on graves of military personnel in national cemeteries.
Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial start of summer in the United States,while Labor Day, the first Monday of September, marks the unofficial start of autumn.
Two other days celebrate those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military: Veterans Day, which honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces,and Armed Forces Day, an unofficial U.S. holiday (earlier in May) for honoring those currently serving in the armed forces.
Shrove Tuesday is the last day of carnival and the following day is Ash Wednesday, that is, the first day of Lent which ends with Easter, or more precisely with Holy Thursday in Holy Week. Shrove Tuesday, as well as carnival, is mainly celebrated in Christian countries. In Italy, the country that most celebrates this tradition, there are many cities where Carnival is famous all over the world. The most famous carnivals are those of Venice and that of Viareggio. This year, due to the coronavirus, which has particularly affected Italy, Shrove Tuesday is not celebrated in Venice. So only the Viareggio carnival is celebrated, which remains one of the most famous carnival in the world.
The Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Dario Franceschini proposed the day for the commemoration of Dante and yesterday (17 January 2020) has been approved by the Council of Ministers. The day chosen is March 25, which is considered by many to be the day on which the long journey to the afterlife begins.
The proposal of the national day dedicated to Dante Alighieri as well as being the subject of several parliamentary acts had collected the adhesion of intellectuals and scholars and prestigious cultural institutions from the Accademia della Crusca, to the Società Dantesca, to the Dante Alighieri Society, to the Association of the Italianists to the Italian Society for the study of medieval thought.
These are the words of Minister Franceschini:
“Every year on March 25, the date that scholars recognize as the beginning of the journey into the afterlife of the Divine Comedy, Dantedi ‘will be celebrated. A day to remember Dante’s genius throughout Italy and throughout the world with many initiatives that will see a strong involvement of schools, students and cultural institutions ». «A year after the celebrations of the 700 years since Dante’s death – added Franceschini – there are already many projects under consideration by the Committee for the celebrations chaired by prof. Carlo Ossola. Dante – concluded Franceschini – remembers many things that hold us together: Dante is the unity of the country, Dante is the Italian language, Dante is the very idea of Italy “.