CELEBRATIONS

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY (3rd Monday of January)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of January in the United States. On this day Americans celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an American civil rights leader, who fought for the freedom, equality and dignity of all races and peoples. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and assassinated in 1968. Read more...

BURNS´NIGHT (January 25)

Burns´Night is celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25th to commemorate the life and work of the Scottish poet Robert Burns (born on January 25th, 1759) and his contribution to Scottish culture. Read more...

AUSTRALIA DAY (January 26)

January 26 is the biggest day of celebration in Australia and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories. On Australia Day Australians come together as a nation to celebrate what is great about Australia and being Australian. It´s the day to reflect on what they have achieved and what they can be proud of in their great nation. Read more...

GROUNDHOG DAY (February 2)

Groundhog Day is a traditional festival celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It is said that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and cannot see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks. America´s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, live in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, USA. Read more...

WAITANGI DAY (February 6)

Waitangi Day is New Zealand Day. It is celebrated on February 6th and commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on February 6th, 1840. The Treaty was signed between the British government and Maori tribal leaders and it made New Zealand a part of the British Empire. In turn the Maori people were granted British citizenship and land rights.

PRESIDENTS´DAY (3rd Monday of February)

Presidents´ Day (also known as Washington´s birthday) is a United States national holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February to honor two of the most important presidents in the history of this country, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are Feb.22 and Feb.12 respectively. Read more...

ST. DAVID´S DAY (March 1)

March 1st is St David's Day, the national day of Wales. To celebrate this day most schools in Wales hold a school concert or eistedfodd with singing, music, poetry and dance. Women, especially young girls, dress up in a Welsh national costume. Welsh people often wear a daffodil or leek, the traditional symbols of Wales. Read more...

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN´S DAY (March 8)

2011 year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (IWD). This day  is observed worldwide on March 8th to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The first IWD was run in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany ad Switzerland. The theme for International Women’s Day 2011 is Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.

ST. PATRICK´S DAY (March 17)

March 17th is Saint Patrick's Day, the patron saint of Ireland. It´s a day of celebration for Irish people around the world. Read more...

APRIL FOOLS´DAY (April 1st)

April 1st is April Fools’ Day, the day on which people play jokes on each other and newspapers include stories that aren’t true!. More...

ST. GEORGE´S DAY (April 23)

Saint George is the patron saint of England and it is celebrated in England on April 23.

CANADA DAY (July 1)

July 1st is Canada Day. On this day in 1867 Canada became an independent country. Read more...

INDEPENDENCE DAY (July 4)

Independence Day, also known as "The fourth of July" commemorates the birthday of the United States on July 4th, 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Read more...

COLUMBUS DAY (2nd Monday of October)

Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October in the United States. This controversial celebration commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America on October 12, 1492.

HALLOWEEN (October 31)

GUY FAWKES (November 5)

Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated on November 5th in the United Kingdom. It´s a British tradition dating back to the Gunpower Plot of 1605, when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of the Parliament in London. People celebrate the defeat of Guy Fawkes and the other conspirators with fireworks and bonfires. Read more...

THANKSGIVING DAY (4th Thursday of November)

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. In the USA, it commemorates the feast held by the Pilgrims in 1621 who were thankful for the harvest and for the help of the Wampanoag people in teaching them to hunt, fish and grow crops during their first year in America. Read more

ST. ANDREW´S DAY (November 30)

On November 30th Scotland celebrates St. Andrew´s Day, the patron saint of Scotland. St. Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated the Day as an official public holiday. The flag of Scotland is the Cross of St. Andrew, and this is widely displayed as a symbol of national identity.Read more