Nose rubbing was out even before the H1N1 virus came into play. The last day in March is a legal holiday called "Seward's Day. The 18th of October is a legal holiday called "Alaska Day".
The Blue in the Alaskan flag represents the sea. The one big star represents the North Star because Alaska is the Northern most state. The seven smaller stars represent the Big Dipper.
The big dipper with the north star on a dark blue background.
All legal US Holidays plus Sewards Day on the last Monday in March and Alaska Day on 18 October.