Winter Solstice

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Around Australia, Winter Solstice bonfires have become increasingly popular as people gather together to celebrate the longest night of the year.Societies throughout history and across the world host festivals and ceremonies to celebrate the winter solstice. Known as the day of the “sun’s rebirth”, winter solstice celebrations honour the symbolism of fire and light, along with life, death, the rising …

Early Childhood Educators’ Day

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Held on the first Wednesday in September each year to recognise the contribution of Australian educators, Early Childhood Educators’ Day thanks educators for their role in the wellbeing and healthy development of future generations. Early education can improve children’s social skills and cultivate lifelong interests. Around Australia, kindergarten and preschool teachers are supported by pre-primary incursions that help children discover …

Book Week

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A highlight on the school year for many students, staff and parents is Book Week. Across Australia, schools and libraries organise activities bringing students and books together, celebrating books, authors and illustrators. To highlight the importance of reading, teachers and public librarians create colourful displays, develop activities, run competitions and tell stories. Of course, the popular Book Week parade lets …

Indian Independence Day

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Independence Day in India celebrates the date in 1947 when the Indian Independence Act came into effect, which established India and Pakistan as separate countries, no longer under British imperialist rule. In Australia, Indians are the second-largest group of overseas-born migrants. Showing solidarity, by engaging with and celebrating the country’s national holiday, is a wonderful way to engage students and …

Independence Day (Pakistan)

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In 1947, Pakistan became the world’s first Islamic republic when it gained independence from the United Kingdom. The day begins with a thirty-one-gun salute in the federal capital, and twenty-one-gun salutes in the provincial capitals. At 9.59 am in Islamabad a siren will sound, and a one-minute silence will ensue, where even the traffic will stop. Before addressing the nation, …

Science Week

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Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, National Science Week is celebrated by more than one million people in events across the country. Cultural Infusion provides inspiring programs to let young people explore our world through the lens of science. Contact us to make a booking today! https://culturalinfusion.org.au/contact-us/ (link the “contact us” bit)

Hip Hop Appreciation Day

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Today recognises the birthday of hip hop, following a party thrown by DJ Kool Herc on August 11, 1973, at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, an apartment building in the Bronx, which is historically accepted as the birthplace of hip hop. The music technique and the elements in that party became the foundation for hip hop culture. There are five elements, MC-ing, …

Rap Music Day

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Rap Music Day celebrates this unique, historically significant music genre. Used as a means of expression, it often incorporates significant themes such as justice, discrimination, freedom to voice social issues. Originating from hip hop music, rap has evolved in becoming its own genre with its own distinctive features. Although it began in the United States of America, rap is now …

International Friendship Day

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The first World Friendship Day was proposed in 1958, by the World Friendship Crusade.In 2011, International Day of Friendship was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. The resolution places emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities …

International Day of Education

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International Day of Education celebrates unity through education. Established by the United Nations, this day encourages an inclusive and equitable quality of education delivered to students of all ages and backgrounds. Education enables and fosters a more cohesive environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a unique set of challenges but with global commitment we can establish the best quality …

Holi

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Holi is an ancient Hindu tradition occurring on March 8th each year. The vibrant festival is one of the most popular and important festivals in Hinduism and celebrates good harvests and the fertility of the land. Holi commemorates key figures in Hindu mythology such as the eternal and divine love of Radha Krishna. Holi celebrates the arrival of spring, the …

Racial Harmony Day

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Racial Harmony Day is a National Day of Singapore which celebrates the success of a racially harmonious nation. In 1964 this was not the case for Singapore when poor living conditions and soaring unemployment in the 1960s led to simmering resentment and ethnic tensions that boiled over into racial violence. On 21 July 1964, clashes between Chinese provocateurs and a …

Nelson Mandela Day

Created to inspire people to embrace the values of democracy and contribute towards the ideals of ensuring a just and fair society, Nelson Mandela Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly in 2009. Five years before his death in 2013, on his 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park, Nelson Mandela …

Bastille Day

Bastille Day marks the turning point of the French Revolution and symbolises a growth of power amongst the common people who eventually lead an uprising against the feudal system. Every year, French citizens come together to celebrate Bastille Day and rejoice in the success and culture of France. The day is a celebration of patriotism and the values of ‘liberty, …

Star Festival

Tanabata or Star Festival is a Japanese festival that originated from the Chinese Qixi Festival. Legend has it that the Star Festival first crossed over to Japan from China during the first century AD in the form of a weaving festival for young women. The story merged with the Japanese legend of tanabata-tsume, the tale of a celestial maiden who …