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Miscellaneous special days - synonyms or related words

April Fools’ Day


1st April, a day when people try to trick each other, especially by making other people believe something that is not true

Burns Night

25 January, the birth date of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, that Scottish people celebrate by having parties

button day


Australian a day on which people buy and wear badges with messages on them to show their support for a group or organization

Father’s Day


a special Sunday in June when people give a card or present to their father

first night


American a public celebration of New Year’s Eve

Flag Day


in the US, the day of 14 June when people celebrate the day in 1777 when a flag was chosen for the country



in Scotland, the evening of 31st December and the celebrations that happen at that time

Mardi Gras


in some countries, a celebration with parties and marches in the streets that often lasts for several days and ends on the night before Lent begins. The most famous celebration of Mardi Gras in the US takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Martin Luther King Day


a national holiday in January in the US that celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King Junior, a leader in the 1960s political movement to get more rights for black Americans

Mothering Sunday


Britishold-fashioned Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day


a special day when you give cards and presents to your mother to show your love for her

national holiday


the day on which people celebrate the time when their country was formed

New Year’s Eve


the evening of 31st December, when many people celebrate with their family or friends by staying awake until midnight

quarter day


in the UK, one of four days in the year when some official payments are made

Remembrance Day


the Sunday nearest 11th November in the UK and Canada when the country honours the people who died in the First and Second World Wars

St Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day


14 February, the day on which people give cards and small presents to the person who they love

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snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

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