Dia de Muertos, or Day of the dead, is celebrated in many parts around the world and it involves the whole family, cultural tradition and a complex belief system. In Mexico it also involves food, sweets, specific flowers, paper decorations, special makeup and altars/ offerings to relatives that have passed away in the previous 11 months.
Once again, we are probably getting ready for dunking apples, trick or treat, tablet and guisers! How would you join your children? The whole family dressing up? A party? Spooky stories and scary witches…
A very happy Diwali to all who celebrate it around the world! The Festival of Lights is now more and more known and celebrated, schools are mentioning it in their RE classes and there is also more cultural awareness outside the Indian community and at Multicultural centres.
Although my main training is in Non-Directive Play Therapy, I like to branch out and explore. To mix and match as my young clients and their circumstances might require with techniques and tools that better serve their needs.
From this month onwards I will be working as a sessional Play Therapist within a private practice , working mostly with Looked after children in residential schools and with adopted children.
This is year we remember after 13 years, we promise not to forget but we also want our children to live and work for a better world.
In remembrance of all those taken from us that day and those departed since because of that day. We won’t forget but work towardsPeace without bitterness.
We are celebrating childhood and children all over the world and by the way cherishing our inner child. Play is of course the medium, the language and the process by which this wondrous time in human beings life and development flourishes.
It is the end of Ramadan, the end of the month long fast and a very special time in the muslin calendar. A special time for the families and communities around the world.
Feliz Cinco de mayo / Happy Cinco de Mayo to all who celebrate it!
Historically, The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular along the U.S.-Mexico border and in parts of the U.S. that have a high population of people with a Mexican heritage. In these areas the holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music, beverage and customs unique to Mexico.
The first day of the month of May is known as May Day. It is the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom. It is said to be a time of love and romance. It is when people celebrate the coming of summer with lots of different customs that are expressions of joy and hope after a long winter.
Children dancing with ribbons around a maypole.
Here we are on Earth Day 2014!
Have you planned anything special? Hopefully the schools around your area have kept the children busy and the whole community aware of ways to protect our planet and conserve energy. So even if you have been busy or away today, you probably contributed on some level during the past week, or better still, you believe that:’ everyday should be Earth day!