I don't care about Christmas. I don't care about New Years Eve. I don't care about Easter, Valentine's Day, my birthday, Halloween or Carneval. Below are my annual celebrations and remebrance days.
24th of January: Date of death of Otto Carius
This is the day my personal hero passed away. I read his book "Tigers in the mud" when I was 16 years old and visited him on 4.4.2013. I will always rememeber this day to the last second! Rest in peace Hero!
13th of March: The end of the Winter War
One excellent example (among many others) of a smaller force holding against one of the major military powers in the world, the Soviet Union. A patriotic army with excellent morale and feelings of self-sacrifice lasted for 3 months, 5 weeks and one day against an enemy with three times as many soldiers as them. Soviet losses were heavy, and the country's international reputation suffered great, resulting to the Moscow Peace treaty. Respect to Finland!
16th of March: Remembrance day of the Latvian legionnaires
Remembrance day of the Latvian legionnaires or the Latvian Legion Day is a day on 16 March, when soldiers of the Latvian Legion, part of the Waffen-SS, are commemorated for thweir struggle against the tyranny of the Soviet Union. I meet with my Estonian friends, in Riga every year for this. (this is also my father's birthday)
4th of May: International Star Wars day "May the fourth be with you"
A day for all Star Wars fans to put on their Star Wars costumes and show what sort of nerds they are.
8th of May: The Downfall
Not much to say here. This is the day when freedom in Europe ended. The sadest day of the year.
17th of August: Date of death of Frederick the Great of Prussia and Rudolf Hess
The first, a King who made Prussia the dominant power in Europe, what we know today as Germany. The second, a politician who flew to Scotland in 1941 on his own accord to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom and avoid the death and destruction that came the next 4 years. He was arrested in the UK and served a life sentence in prison. Rest in peace, both of them!
3rd of October: The day of German Unity
It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990, after the collapse of the Soviet union, when the goal of a united Germany that originated in the middle of the 19th century, was fulfilled again. Therefore, the name addresses neither the re-union nor the union, but the unity of Germany. The Day of German Unity on 3 October has been the German national holiday since 1990, when the reunification was formally completed. I was born 3 months earlier.
28th of October: The start of the Greco-Italian war in 1940
A tiny nation against an Axis power with twice as many men. Not only they managed to hold the attacks by taking advantage of the extreme mountainous terrain,but they even launched a counterattack and liberated parts of their lost lands in Albania in only 6 months. When the Greeks stood their ground against the mighty Wehrmacht as well, Winston Churchill said his the legendary line "Greeks do not fight like Heroes. Heroes fight like Greeks!" Today it is one of the greatest national holidays in Greece.
11th of November: Remembrance Sunday or Poppy Day
Remembrance Sunday is held in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth as a day "to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts". It is held on the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11 a.m. in 1918.
@FinnishBeautyGirl the 2nd one is about Finland ;)