Happy Passover to all who celebrate it around the world!
Jewish families with gather Friday to celebrate the first night of Passover, one of the most important holidays in the Jewish faith. Passover is the celebration, beginning at sundown, to remember the Israelites escape from Egypt. The story is contained in the book of Exodus and this year it started on the 3rd of April and lasts until the 11th of April.
Another year and we are back at this time of the calendar which is more than a school break for many families around the world. Any plans, traditions or activities that have meaning for you and the children in your life?
El 21 de Marzo fue el dia Mundial del Sindrome de Down y hoy pense en poner un corto mensaje en mi lengua materna, para recordarme del caracter Internacional de estos peques y de que crecen y se convierten en adultos como el resto de nosotros.
A very Happy Naw-Ruz to all who celebrate it around the world!
Naw-Ruz, also spelled Nowruz as well as other variants, is an ancient Persian holiday celebrating the new year. It is one of only two festivals mentioned by Zoroaster in the Avesta, the only holy Zoroastrian scriptures written by Zoroaster himself. It is celebrated as a holy day by two religions: Zoroastrianism and the Baha’i Faith. In addition, other Iranians (Persians) also commonly celebrate it as a secular holiday -New Year and start of Spring.
Do you fast on your own? Does your family fast as a unit? Is fasting a religious thing or a health thing? Last year I fasted for the first time not as a form of detoxing, but as part of a spiritual practice. This happens every year for the members of the Baha’i community: 19 days – from the 2nd to the 21st of March when they celebrate Naw-Ruz.
Millions celebrate around the world and not only in main land China. This Lunar calendar celebration is an ancient tradition and involves cleaning the house, wearing red, buying new clothes, sharing food and traditional music and dance with drums and cymbals.
This most western and up to a point commercialised of celebrations is not a holiday but it is used to celebrate Love (mostly of the romantic kind) and friendship. It is mostly characterised by exchanging of cards, giving and receiving flowers and chocolates. There days not only teens celebrate it but primary kids have craft activities and produce little gifts to bring home.
This is a very important day in the USA school calendar and although it not a holiday celebrated around the world, it reminds us of the universal values and principles that Martin Luther King Jr put forward. How justice and equality can be achieved by individuals through non-violent means.