Samaritan Day

Photo: Ron Mader, Samaritan Day at the Santo Tomas Xochimilco Church (Some rights reserved) Samaritan Day (Día de la Samaritana) is a tradition celebrated on the fourth Friday in Lent. Refreshments are offered to passersby. The tradition began in the churches. Today businesses, schools and government offices offer traditional fruit drinks, including horchata, jamaica, tamarindo, …

Saint Patrick’s Day

Poster Saint Patrick’s Day is March 17. Hashtag: #StPatricksDay Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! = Happy St Patrick’s Day to you! Greetings to our friends in Ireland and our Irish friends around the world. What began as a religious feast day honoring St Patrick (Patricius, or Padraig) has become an international festival. Questions Sláinte! What …

Christmas Links

Photo: Inocencia’s Piñata (Some rights reserved) Links related to Christmas presented in a somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesPope Francis’ Christmas message was about Mary, Joseph, and migrationSpare a thought for Bethlehem this Christmas as politics and tourism collide – Freya Higgins-Desbiolles/The ConversationThe Most Beloved Christmas Specials Are (Almost) All Terrible – Atlantic Día de la Candelaria …

Mardis Gras

Photo: Pedro Szekely, 2018 French Quarter (Some rights reserved) Mardi Gras falls exactly 47 days before Easter. In 2023 Mardis Gras is February 21. Mardis Gras is the conclusion of carnival season which begins on January 6, or the Feast of the Epiphany / Reyes Magos in the Christian faith. FeaturesWhy Baton Rouge doesn’t have …

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

Poster Aotearoa New Zealand – Te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori Language Week) is a popular, government-sponsored initiative promoting the use of Māori language. The week is part of the broader Māori language revival and raises public awareness for Māori language revitalization, learning, and public usage. Māori Language Week is celebrated annually in September …

Valentine

Roofdog (Some rights reserved) Valentine = A card sent, often anonymously, on St. Valentine’s Day (February 14) to a person one loves or is attracted to February 14 = Valentine’s DayOn this day people honor the memory of St. Valentine and express their love to loved ones, spouses, parents, and friends. Translating: Will you be my Valentine?Spanish: ¿Serías mi Valentín?Afrikaans: Sal …

World Day of Social Justice

Poster (Some rights reserved) Mark the calendar. February 20 is World Day of Social Justice. Hashtag: #SocialJusticeDay Key Linksun.org/en/events/socialjusticeday International Labour Organization Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization (A/RES/63/199) World Day of Social Justice (A/RES/62/10) World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2019 From the UNSocial justice is an underlying principle for peaceful …

International Year

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) The United Nations dedicates an entire calendar year to focus on particular topics and themes. Key Linksun.org/en/sections/observances/international-yearsunesco.org/commemorations/international-yearsunesco.org/commemorations/international-days Questions How do people contribute or participate in an International Year? How are International Years proposed? How is an International Year evaluated? 2022 The International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development (IYM 2022)A/RES/76/129 International …