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Legislative committees in Maryland are considering bills that would add several ceremonial holidays to the state calendar.
One bill would create a Maryland Emancipation Day for Nov. 1, the day in 1864 when the state constitution was adopted to abolish slavery in Maryland.
Other ceremonial holidays under consideration include Maryland Centenarians Day for the first Thursday in May, Rare Disease Day for the last day of February, Youth Political Awareness Day for the day before Election Day in November, and Young Heroes Day for the first Monday in October.
That day would celebrate the "positive contributions minors have made to society." And while another bill would give German-Americans their own heritage day in Maryland on Oct. 3, to mark the day east and west Germany re-unified in 1990, a different day would give Irish-Americans their own heritage month in March.