Festival & Celebration Calendar

This is a calendar of celebrations and festivals around the world. Each celebration should ideally be celebrated at or very near the time of the actual celebration. This enables the children to have rich, meaningful experiences and learn purposefully. This gives the children an ideal opportunity to find out about the similarities and differences between cultures and communities. By celebrating every counties celebrations children will not only understand British Values but just as importantly other Countries Values. Where You Tube Videos have been suggested please note we do not create these videos and Early Years Staffroom take no responsibility for their content. Please check the videos for suitability.

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May 2023


May 28

Whitsun, also known as Pentecost, is a Christian festival that occurs 50 days after Easter Sunday, celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus. In the early years setting, Whitsun can be celebrated in a way that is inclusive, focusing on themes like unity, community, and the beauty of different languages and cultures. Here are some ideas for celebrating Whitsun in early years settings: Make a "kindness tree": Create a tree-shaped display in your setting, and…

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June 2023

Pride Month

June 1 @ 8:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm BST
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Pride Month, celebrated in June, is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and others) community and promote diversity, inclusion, and acceptance. In an early years setting, educators can introduce children to Pride Month and its significance in a fun, age-appropriate, and inclusive manner. Here are some ideas for celebrating Pride Month in an early years education setting: Rainbow Art: Organize art and craft activities using rainbow colors, which are symbolic of the Pride…

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World Environment Day

June 5
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World Environment Day, celebrated annually on June 5th, is a global event organized by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness and promote action for the protection of the environment. In early years education, World Environment Day can be an opportunity to introduce young children to the importance of caring for the environment and fostering eco-friendly habits that will last a lifetime. In early years settings like preschools, nurseries, primary schools, educators can organize various activities and lessons to help…

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Child Safety Week

June 5 - June 11
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Child Safety Week is an annual event in the UK run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness about the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. This week can be used as an opportunity to teach children about safety in a fun and engaging way. Here are some ideas for activities: Safety Scenarios: Create simple role-play scenarios that allow children to learn about safety. For example, they can learn about crossing the road…

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D Day

June 6

D-Day, observed on June 6th, marks the anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. While this historical event may be challenging to introduce to very young children, it can serve as an opportunity to teach them about the concept of peace, bravery, and remembrance in an age-appropriate manner. Create poppies: Poppies are often used as symbols of remembrance for those who fought in wars. Have children create poppies using paper, paint, or other craft materials. Display…

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Clean Air Day

June 15

Clean Air Day, typically celebrated in June, aims to raise awareness about the importance of clean air and the impact of air pollution on our health and the environment. In early years settings, Clean Air Day provides an opportunity to educate children about the importance of clean air and promote environmentally friendly practices. Here are some ideas for celebrating CAD in your early years settings: Discuss: Begin by explaining to children the importance of clean air for our health and the…

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Father’s Day ( UK )

June 18
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Father's Day is an annual celebration honoring fathers, father figures, and the influence they have on our lives. In early years settings, Father's Day can be celebrated in an inclusive and fun way, focusing on themes like love, appreciation, and family bonds. Here are some ideas for celebrating Father's Day in early years settings: Discuss the role of fathers and father figures: Engage children in discussions about the importance of fathers and father figures in their lives. Encourage them to…

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International Yoga Day

June 21
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Yoga Day celebrated annually on the 21st June. Yoga strengthens physical development even for very young children. At this stage they are learning how to balance, whether lying down or bending, standing and balancing. Yoga can reduce challenging behaviors in the classroom by providing a physical outlet for children to express themselves. The Physical Benefits Of teaching Yoga in Early Years.  Helps children develop a positive image of their body and an awareness of how to look after it. Helps…

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World Music Day

June 21
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World Music Day, also known as Make Music Day, falls on the 21st of June and is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the universal language of music in early years education. Here are some ideas for activities that can be done: Music from Around the World: Introduce children to music from different countries. Discuss the instruments, rhythms, and styles of music from each culture. Instrument Making: Use recycled materials to create simple musical instruments like shakers, drums, or flutes. This…

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Eid al-Adha

June 28 - July 2

Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is an important Islamic holiday that commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Celebrating Eid al-Adha in your early years settings can help introduce young children to the festival's significance and foster understanding and respect for different cultures and religions. Here are some ideas for learning about and celebrating Eid al-Adha in your early years  setting: Art and Craft:…

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