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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December 2019

New Years Eve

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 31 of December, repeating until 31/12/2022

New Years Eve New Year's Eve is celebrated on 31st December observed by users of the Gregorian calendar around the world who have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia. It is often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone. In Scotland, New Year's Eve is called Hogmanay.  In England, Big Ben striking 12 signifies the start of New Year with hugs kisses and the…

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January 2020

Burns Night

January 25

A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns and is held on or near the poet's birthday 25th January. A piper generally greets guests although at less formal gatherings traditional Scottish music is played. Grace is said and the haggis is piped in. The host or a guest then recites the Address to a Haggis At the end of the poem a whisky toast will be proposed to the haggis and the…

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Chinese New Year ( Year of the Rat )

January 25 - January 31
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Chinese New Year marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. Every year is represented by a zodiac animal sign. Chinese New Year marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. Every year is…

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Australia Day

January 27
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AUSTRALIA DAY Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. The day is celebrated with family gatherings, picnics, barbecues, parades and fireworks. Try some of these activities : Find out about different animals that live in Australia Learn…

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February 2020

National Storytelling Week

February 1 - February 8
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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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Safer Internet Day

February 11
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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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Presidents’ Day

February 17
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Washington's Birthday also known as Presidents Day is a federal holiday on the third Monday in February. The day honours presidents of the United States including George Washington the first President. Most businesses are open as usual and many stores hold sales on Washington’s birthday.

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Love You Pet Day

February 20
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Feeding and caring for a pet encourages childhood responsibility. Children with pets display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem. Kids with pets get outside more—to go for walks, run and play—and enjoy all the associated health benefits. Pets Enrich the Classroom Experience Even kids with no exposure to animals or nature in their home environment can see, feel, touch and make connections to the wide world of animals. A pet brings increased sensitivity and awareness of the feelings and…

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Fairtrade Fortnight

February 24
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Fairtrade Fortnight Where does our food come from? The foods we eat are produced all around the world. Think about some of the different snacks you might have during your break times at school. Get the children thinking about where their food comes from, it’s worth reminding them that Fairtrade is all about helping the farmers in other countries who grow our food to earn enough money, because many of them are so poor they can’t even feed their own…

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