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When is forgiveness day?
Global Forgiveness Day is held on  August 27th
International Forgiveness Day- the first Sunday of August
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What is this Holiday for?
This holiday is for forgiving and being forgiven.
see the definition of forgiveness below.
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Origin of this Holiday?

International Forgiveness Day
International Forgiveness Day was created by the World Forgiveness Alliance, a non-denominational, educational foundation. According to their website: " International Forgiveness Day dedicated to evoking the healing power of forgiveness worldwide." The founder is Robert W. Plath, from Mill Valley, California.

Global Forgiveness Day
Global Forgiveness began in 1994. It was created and is sponsored by the Christian Embassy of Christ's Ambassadors. This holiday originated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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What is forgiveness?
Wiki tells us that "Forgiveness is the process of ceasing to feel resentment, indignation or anger against another person for a perceived offense, difference or mistake, or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution." "This definition, however, is subject to much philosophical critique." "Forgiveness may be considered simply in terms of the person who forgives, in terms of the person forgiven and/or in terms of the relationship between the forgiver and the person forgiven." "In some contexts, it may be granted without any expectation of compensation, and without any response on the part of the offender (for example, one may forgive a person who is dead)." "In practical terms, it may be necessary for the offender to offer some form of acknowledgment, apology, and/or restitution, or even just ask for forgiveness, in order for the wronged person to believe they are able to forgive."

"Most world religions include teachings on the nature of forgiveness, and many of these teachings provide an underlying basis for many varying modern day traditions and practices of forgiveness. However, throughout the ages, philosophers have studied forgiveness apart from religion." "In addition, as in other areas of human inquiry, science is beginning to question religious concepts of forgiveness." "Psychology, sociology and medicine are among the scientific disciplines researching forgiveness or aspects of forgiveness." "The Prodigal Son is a well known instance of such teaching and practice of forgiveness." "Some religious doctrines or philosophies place greater emphasis on the need for humans to find some sort of divine forgiveness for their own shortcomings, others place greater emphasis on the need for humans to practice forgiveness between one another, yet others make little or no distinction between human and/or divine forgiveness."
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Health aspects of forgiveness
Studies show that people who forgive are happier and healthier than those who hold resentments. One study has shown that the positive benefit of forgiveness is similar whether it was based upon religious or secular counseling as opposed to a control group that received no forgiveness counseling.
wikipedia
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Forgiveness fun facts
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How can I Celebrate this holiday?



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