January 1, 2020 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January 6th: Epiphany

Epiphany Day is a Christian holiday that marks the day that the Three Kings visited Jesus. They followed a bright star that foretold the birth of a new king and brought gifts of gold. This holiday is celebrated in Western Roman Catholic and Protestant churches.

January 7th: Orthodox Christmas

Orthodox Christmas celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ, this 12 day season is from December 25th - January 5th and is sometimes called the Incarnation of Christ. Many Christians follow the modern-day Gregorian Calendar that has Christmas on December 25th but Orthodox Christians follow the Julian Calendar that has it on January 7th.

January 14th: Orthodox New Year

Orthodox New Year is celebrated as the first day of the new year according to the Julian Calendar. This is celebrated in Orthodox churches in Russia, Serbia, and other Eastern European Countries. The Julian calendar places Christmas on January 7th and New Year’s a week later.

January 20th: Martin Luther King Day

School will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January each year. This day celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential African American civil rights leader, a recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, and an activist for nonviolent social change. He is well known for his campaigns to end racial segregation and his fight for racial equality in the United States.

Martin Luther King once said, “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” Take time to reflect on this quote and how it relates to The Scholars' Academy CHART behavior, and continue to be Cooperative, Hard Work, Amiable, Respectful, and Trustworthy students.

January 25th: Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is China's most important festival that involves Family reunions, decorations and the giving of red envelopes. Chinese New Year is celebrated based on the Lunar calendar and usually falls between January 21 and February 20th. The Calendar is based on a 12 Year animal cycle that many associates with the celebration and this year 2020 will be the year of the Rat. Happy New Year to all who celebrate it on this special day.

January 27th: Commemoration in Memory of the Holocaust Victims

The anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945, the Annual International Day of Commemoration to remember the victims of the Holocaust that were murdered by Nazis in the 1930s and 40s. This was one of the most horrific genocides in history with an estimated 11 million lives lost. Please take this day to remember those who suffered through this tragic event and the families of those lost loved ones.

January 31th: Guru Har Rai’s Birthday

The birthday of Guru Har Rai, the seventh of the ten Gurus of the Sikh religion.