Cinco de Mayo

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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.

 

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May Day 2014

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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.

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Children dancing with ribbons around a maypole.

Happy and Industrious Earth Day!

 

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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!

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Happy Ridvan!

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Happy Ridvan to all who celebrate it!  What is Ridvan and why is it celebrated around the world?

“Ridván” means paradise, and is named for the Garden of Ridván outside Baghdad, where Bahá’u’lláh stayed for twelve days after the Ottoman Empire exiled him from the city and before commencing his journey to Constantinople.

This festival celebrates   Baha’u’llah ‘s declaration of his station as a new Manifestation of God for the present age, and is  celebrated by Baha’is around the world from the 21st of April until May 2nd.

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Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!

Easter Sunday in the United Kingdom is traditionally about Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death, according to Christian belief. However, many people use the day to decorate Easter eggs, share chocolate eggs and participate in Easter egg competitions.

Easter these days is celebrated as time off school, time for parades, craft making and exchanging Easter eggs made out of chocolate… In some parts of the world people go to mass and walk along processions, it’s a time of renewal and faith…ancient pagan festivals and lots to do and sweets to eat for children.

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World Autism Awareness Day

 

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Today 2nd of  April 2014 is World Autism Awareness Day, are you doing anything to mark this day?

I am taking part in the wearing Blue for the Light it Blue campaign for Autism Awareness. This is a cause close to my heart on a personal and professional level.  The more we Learn and become aware of autism and how it affects families and not just isolated individuals, the more we can do to help.

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Art and Play!

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Art and Play go or should go together in a child’s life….you might not always have the opportunity of art classes for your children, but you can always start by appreciating beauty in nature, colouring and creating with the children.  Visiting art galleries, museums, libraries and art in public spaces is a good way to open their horizons.

This collage is just a little taste of an interactive exhibition that I visited in my home town of Dumfries in Scotland. The artist provided alongside her pieces of art , a variety of opportunities for visitors of any age to create their own artistic expressions.  It was a creative and playful experience.

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Happy Naw-Ruz to all who celebrate it!

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 Naw-Ruz is the New Year celebration for Persians, Zoroastrians and members of the Baha’i Faith.  It is also the beginning of Spring and renewal after the winter.  For Baha’is around the world it also marks the end of the period of fasting and reflection. 

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 Like most important festivities within religious an cultural celebrations, it includes all members of the community, and the participation of children through crafts, music, food and enjoyment.

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 The celebrations begin on the evening of the 20th of March and end on the 21st of March in the evening.