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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April 2020

Good Friday

April 10
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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 12

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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The Big Pedal

April 22 - May 5
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  The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooter-based challenge that aims to inspire and empower kids, teachers and parents to get on two wheels in order to make the daily trek to school. The Big Pedal runs for ten school days each year,

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Ramadan Starts – 1 Month

April 23
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The Muslim festival of Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, prayer, reading the Qur’an, refraining from bad behavior, and doing acts if charity. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims won't eat or drink between dawn and sunset. This is called fasting. Not everybody fasts during Ramadan. Children, pregnant women, the elderly and those who are ill or who are travelling don't have to fast. Ramadan is also a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time…

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Anzac Day – Australia

April 25

Anzac Day is one of the most important national holidays celebrated both in Australia and New Zealand. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Anzac Day is celebrated every year on 25th April to honor all those who served and died in military operations for the country. During World War I the ANZAC fought at Gallipoli in Turkey. The ANZAC soldiers landed on the Gallipoli early on the morning of 25th April, 1915. 25th April was officially declared…

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May 2020

Canada Day

May 1
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Canada Day marks the anniversary of the day the North American country’s three colonies, Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, came together. The three colonies formed a Dominion that was part of the British Empire – and is now is a member of the Commonwealth. The union took place on 1 July, 1867, although Canada was not entirely independent of England until 1982. People celebrate with concerts, parades and firework displays.

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May Day

May 1

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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Children’s Day (Japan)

May 5

Children's Day - JAPAN Children’s day is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month, and is part of Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness. Koinobori are carp-looking wind socks that Japanese people hang up to decorate during this holiday time. Activities : Design and make fans (with cherry blossom design, stripes and other images ) Important festivals and…

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Vesak Festival

May 7
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This most important Buddhist festival is known as either Vesak, Wesak or Buddha Day, and is celebrated annually on the full moon of the ancient lunar month of Vesakha, which usually falls in May, or in early June. Activities could include : At Vesak it is traditional to decorate bodhi leaves with colourful paint and hang them up on display. Making a Lotus flower out of coloured paper. Creating coloured lanterns. In South Korea, followers light lotus lanterns that cover…

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Walk To School Week

May 18 - May 22
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A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half. Walk to School week has been running since 1995. Just 5 schools took part in the first Walk to School Week. 400,000 Children took part in Walk to School Week 2017!    

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