Semana Santa 2013, Spain

Semana SantaSemana Santa is Holy Week in the Christian calendar in Spain. Activities include joyful fiestas to solemn processions, with highlights on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday depending on which city or village you’re in. Crosses, lanterns and candles all feature in the processions. [Read more…]

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, UK

We’re gearing up for our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations which will take place in the UK between the 2nd – 5th June 2012. The celebrations mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign. There will be concerts, a huge Thames River Pageant, special exhibitions in museums and galleries as well as street parties up and down the country.

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What Exactly Is May Day?

The 1st of May is May Day. There are many traditional May Day celebrations around the world.   The first day of May is observed in Canada, United States and in some parts of Western Europe as a celebration of the coming of spring.  In the UK, May Day is observed on the first Monday of May (also known as Bank Holiday Monday).

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Celebrate Cinco De Mayo

The 5th of May or Cinco de Mayo is commemorated every year in the  state  of Puebla in Mexico. This day commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia against the French Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is also celebrated in other parts of Mexico and in the USA in areas where there  is a large Mexican population. [Read more…]

Semana Santa, Spain

semana santa spainSemana Santa is Holy Week in the Christian year in Spain and is celebrated this year from 1st – 8th April from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. It is a week of religious activity to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Activities include joyful fiestas to solemn processions, with highlights on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday depending on which city or village you’re in.  [Read more…]

¡Vivan Las Fallas!

There is a huge party going on in Valencia, Spain this month! From the 1st March until the 19th March, there are many events to celebrate Las Fallas. Las Fallas, in Spanish or, Falles in Valencian, literally means ‘the fires’. The event in Valencia City celebrates the beginning of Spring as well as commemorating Saint Joseph – the patron saint of carpenters. Firecrackers and huge puppets are burned as part of the celebrations.

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Learn Irish For Saint Patrick’s Day!

Start a trend and learn Irish or Irish Gaelic for Saint Patrick’s Day this year. In case you hadn’t noticed all the green celebrations happening on the 17th March, it is Saint Patrick’s Day! This day celebrates Saint Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland. It is a Christian festival inviting you to think about Saint Patrick, as well as loved ones overseas. It is a national holiday in Ireland and a Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland. [Read more…]

Today Is International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is held on the 8th March every year and is a global celebration of women’s achievements throughout history and across different nations. The day has been observed since the early 1900’s and is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

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Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus! Happy Saint David’s Day!

The 1st of March is Saint David’s Day which is a national day and is celebrated in Wales (UK) every year. Saint David is the national patron saint of Wales and the 1st of March is recognised in remembrance of his death on this day in 589AD.

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What Is Pancake Day?

Today is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day in the UK. It marks the day before Lent begins in the Christian calendar. Lent is the beginning of a period of abstinence before Easter and traditionally, any eggs, sugar or milk left in people’s cupboards would need to be used up before Lent began. Today has been popularised as Pancake Day as pancakes can be made from any leftover eggs, milk and flour. Pancake Day is commonly celebrated in English-speaking countries but it is also celebrated in the Philippines and Germany.

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