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Can you answer these questions about different types of holidays or festivals? [Please See Quiz Note]

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A- Holiday observed in many countries around the world, where people are encouraged to plant trees (in the USA, it is observed on the last Friday in April) ^
B- Traditional celebration in Scotland held on January 25th each year to commemorate the life and works of a famous Scottish poet ^
C- Popular yellow. orange, and white confection most often found in the US and Canada, associated with Halloween
D- Mexican holiday, celebrated October 31st - November 2nd, to pray for and remember friends and family who have passed away
E- Major religious festival celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of Ramadan (the month of fasting)
F- According to 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas', these birds are the gift(s) on the Third Day of Christmas
G- Also known as Bonfire Night, this UK holiday commemorates a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament, and is named after one of the conspirators to the plot ^
H- Ancient Hindu festival also called the 'festival of spring', 'festival of love', or 'festival of colours'
I- Federal holiday celebrated in the USA on July 4th each year, commemorating the 1776 declaration that the 13 colonies were no longer subject (or subordinate) to Britain ^
J- Name given to the carved pumpkin (or turnip) with a candle in it, used as a decoration for Halloween
K- Celebration of African heritage in African-American culture, created by Maulana Karenga and first observed in 1966-7; it has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba)
L- One of the eight Wiccan sabbats, traditionally celebrated on (or close to) August 1st; one of the three Wiccan harvest festivals, often symbolised by the baking of bread
M- Day of Holy Week on which the Last Supper was held; in the UK, it is tradition for the monarch to dispense specially-minted coins to deserving senior citizens on this day
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N- Annual celebration held on December 31st, to commemorate the past 12 months and to look forward to the next 12 ^
O- Popular Christmas carol whose Latin version is called 'Adeste Fideles'; a 19th-century translation by Frederick Oakeley is widespread in English-speaking countries
P- Given name of the groundhog who, on February 2nd, predicts (by whether he sees his shadow, or not) if there will be six more weeks of winter *
Q- Celebration of a Catholic girl's 15th birthday; the term is used to denote the girl in Spanish/Latin countries, whilst in English, it is used to refer to the celebration
R- The first of the Jewish High Holy Days, also called the Jewish New Year (as the name translates to 'head of the year')
S- Film franchise which is celebrated globally on May 4th each year ('May the 4th be with you')
T- National holiday, celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in America, to celebrate the year's blessings
U- Holiday celebrated on September 6th in Bulgaria, October 1st in Cameroon and January 22nd in Ukraine commemorating the union of various parts of the respective country ^
V- Annual celebration of romance and romantic love, held on February 14th ^
W- Popular song associated with Christmas (written in 1934) which contains the lyrics 'Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?/In the lane, snow is glistening'
X- Common abbreviation of Christmas, stemming from the use of the Greek letter Chi (the first letter of the Greek word Christós) as its first letter
Y- Well-known American folk song (current lyrics written c.1776) which is considered by some a national symbol of the USA and is also the state song of Connecticut
Z- Religion whose festivals include Maidyarem Gahanbar, Jashan of Tir, and Zartosht No-Diso

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