189 Re: Earth Day,
Passover, Secretary’s Day, and Arbor Day
How popular are these holidays with the average Joe? written: 060404,
Note: For more info
on Earth Day, Passover, Secretary’s Day, and Arbor
Day, see Calendar
Japanese K’s Qs:
”Hi everyone, How are ya doing?
As always, may I ask
Qs on American traditional events? Thx. K
For April, we’ll have Earth Day, Passover, Secretary’s Day, and Arbor Day in
addition to Easter, which is popular. How popular are Earth Day, Passover,
Secretary’s Day, and Arbor Day with the average Joe?
In my opinion, Earth Day, Passover, Secretary’s Day, and Arbor Day are still not
popular yet. My wild guess is that the average Joe would be familiar with these
days in the following order: Passover, Earth Day, Arbor Day, and Secretary's
Day. What do you say?
Regarding Passover, I often notice this day when I listen to the radio, watch
TV news, or read newspaper, or from calendars. I'm just guessing most Americans
are Christians, so that they may learn of Passover at church.”
Earth Day is probably popular with school students. I recall this: When Eric,
who is one of our friends, was the student of U of M (University of Minnesota;
people often call it U of M), he always participated in (or organized) an event
at U of M, at which kids would understand Earth Day better. Also, parks and
nature centers often hold special events for kids on Earth Day. As we have
written our letter on this day, there are many cleanup events.
I usually notice Arbor Day only from the calendar. There are some events, which
I notice; for example, the City of Oakdale adjacent to the city, where I live,
gives away limited number of trees to the residents on a first come basis every
year (I can’t get trees because I don’t live there). Volunteers, such as people
from schools, churches, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and
plant nurseries in the city also plant trees for the city as an annual event. I
think Oakdale City’s activities on Arbor Day are great. Note: In my view, Arbor
Day is part of Earth Day.
Usually I’m not aware of Secretary’s Day (Administrative Professionals' Day).
However, a sign saying Administrative Professionals' Day, in a floral store
where I happen to go a week before the Day or so, reminds me of the Day. Also,
I notice the Day since I see many flowers (sometimes with cards) from mostly
their bosses on secretaries’ desks.”
American H’s view:
“For me, not a young person anymore, the order is:
2) Arbor Day
3) Secretaries' Day
4) Earth Day
However, for kids
and young adults, I think Earth Day is probably further up the list.
1) Earth Day
2) Arbor Day
3) Passover or Secretaries' Day
4) Passover or Secretaries' Day
I think Secretaries'
Day is on its way out, since they're now called administrative assistants.
Also, in the past, many women in the workplace were secretaries. Now they often
are in positions of authority.
I think you are right. It is really a Jewish holiday, but Christianity is
heavily based on Judaism. I think it is still an important holiday for Jews.”
American M’s View:
“Secretary's day is probably the most popular and well known but it is still not
that popular. Even though there are a lot of Christians in the US, I think there
are much fewer practicing Christians (go to church regularly). So even though
most people have heard of Passover, they probably do not know much about
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