Thanksgiving Day USA

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the USA. It is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday in November and traditionally began as a celebration to give thanks for the harvest for the year. It is one of the major holidays in the United States along with Christmas and the New Year holidays.

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Happy Christmas Everyone!

merry-christmas-imageHappy Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noel! Boas Festas! Geseënde Kersfees! It’s that time of year again. Christmas is a Christian religious ceremony which is generally celebrated every year on 25 December.  It commemorates the birth or Nativity of Jesus of Nazareth and is celebrated mainly by Christians, although it has become popular with non-Christians as a secular cultural festival. The birth is remembered with religious festivities and recreations of the Nativity, which are usually re-enacted by children at school nativity plays. Christmas Day is an official national holiday in most Western countries. [Read more…]

China Golden Week Creates Gridlock … And Revenue

China celebrates Golden Week this week whereby 1.3 billion people are given eight consecutive days off work. Golden Week is the name given to a semi-annual 7 day National Holiday started in 2000. It is an unusually long break this year as the Golden Week concides with the Mid-Autumn Festival which is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrating the end of the fall harvest.  However, 1.3 billion people all having time off at the same time creates massive gridlock in many regions in China. On the flipside, revenue at tourist sites and for other consumer spending, increases during the break.

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Rio Carnival 2012, Brazil

Today marks the beginning of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro Carnival which is one of the world’s most well known and spectacular Carnivals. This annual event is held every February in the Sambadrome – the official samba stadium where the Carnival is held – and attracts millions of visitors from around the world. This year’s Rio Carnival is particularly important as it is hoped that the high numbers of participants and visitors at this year’s event (which is expected to be upwards of five million), will prove that Brazil is capable of hosting multiple events with huge visitor numbers in the near future, with both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games taking place in Brazil.

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Celebrate Australia Day, Aussie Style!

Australia Day is held annually on the 26th January. It marks the beginning of British Occupation and the setting up of the colony in New South Wales with the landing of the First Fleet in 1778. In the 19th Century, celebrations for this day usually consisted of sports events such as football, cycling, horse races together with picnics and fireworks.

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World Events Calendar

Language Advantage Events brings you a countdown of the most popular language and cultural events from around the world!

Keep up-to-date with what’s going on each month for the most important, and sometimes the most weird, celebrations, events and festivals. Click on the event name for more information.

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* New Year's Day!New Year's Day!

* EpiphanyEpiphany

A Christian Feast Day also known in other countries for its folklore customs.

* Befana, ItalyBefana, Italy

Folklore Day in Italy

* El Día de los Reyes, SpainEl Día de los Reyes, Spain

Time: 12:00 am

'El Día de los Reyes' (The Day of the Kings)

* Burns' Night, ScotlandBurns' Night, Scotland

Burns' Night is annually celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25. It commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns (born 25th January 1759).

* Australia Day, AustraliaAustralia Day, Australia

National holiday in Australia.

* Chinese New YearChinese New Year

Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the first day of the year of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival.