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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January 2023

National Storytelling Week

January 30 - February 5
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National Storytelling Week Stories have so much to offer: they develop listening and communication skills, improve concentration and memory, bring experiences alive, create a sense of wonder and help sequence events. They can also provide information, widen vocabulary and make important links between the spoken and written word, as well as stimulating an interest and enjoyment of books. Remember everyone has at least one story to tell !

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February 2023

Safer Internet Day

February 7

Safe Internet Day   Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year, to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation. Safe Internet Day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to…

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Valentine’s Day

February 14
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Valentine's Day Valentine's Day is a Christian celebration known as the feast day of Saint Valentine signifying the celebration of love and affection held annually on February 14th. The custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the UK. The celebration of Saint Valentine did not have any romantic connotations until Chaucer's poetry about 'Valentines' in the 14th century.  

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Pancake Day

February 21

Pancake Day is also known around the world as Shrove Tuesday. It falls on the day before Ash Wednesday each year, the first day of Lent. Why not have a Pancake race: Give each child a saucepan and a pancake. Establish the length of the race and how many times the pancake must be tossed before reaching the finishing post. If a pancake falls out of the pan, you have to return to the start!  

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March 2023

St David’s Day

March 1
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on of [month], repeating indefinitely

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St David's Day is celebrated in Wales and by Welsh people throughout the world on 1st March. Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! means ‘Happy St David’s Day’ in Welsh. It was declared Wales' national day of celebration in the 18th Century and it is still celebrated throughout the country. According to legend, St David ordered Britons to wear leeks in their helmets so that they could recognise each other during battle with Saxon invaders. St David's Day celebrations normally involve singing…

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April 2023

Good Friday

April 7

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The date varies from one year to the next. Some countries have laws prohibiting dancing and horse racing that are seen as not appropriate to the solemn nature of the day, Church services are held. Different countries have different traditions. Hot Cross Buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the Britain and Australia.

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Easter Sunday

April 9
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Easter Sunday or Easter Day is the most important day of the year for Christians. It is when they celebrate that three days after being killed Jesus rose from the dead and defeated evil forever. The Easter Day is the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the March equinox. Churches are filled with flowers on Easter Day, these represent new life. Priests wear their brightest robes in celebration. Easter Day is the end of Lent and…

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May 2023

May Day

May 1
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May Day 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 when people celebrate the coming of summer with lots of different customs that are expressions of joy and hope after a long winter. Traditional English May Day celebrations include Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole. May Day is often celebrated with a…

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June 2023

World Environment Day

June 5
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 5 of June, repeating until 05/06/2024

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World Environment Day is the United Nations’ flagship day for promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest global platforms for public outreach, celebrated by millions of people in well over 100 countries.   If current consumption patterns and waste management practices continue, then by 2050 there will be around 12 billion tonnes of plastic litter in landfills and the environment. See what's in your Bin ! What…

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World Ocean Day

June 8
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 8 of June, repeating indefinitely

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World Oceans Day takes place every year on the 8th June. This international celebration raises awareness of the importance of our oceans. The oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth's surface. The oceans are home to millions of Earth's plants and animals—from tiny single-celled organisms to the gargantuan blue whale the planet's largest living animal. Fish, octopuses, squid, eels, dolphins, and whales swim the open waters. While crabs, octopuses, starfish, oysters, and snails crawl and scoot along the ocean bottom.  

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