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Playing For Change Day

Saturday is the 5th Annual Playing For Change Day.  Musicians and fans all over the world will participate in musical performances, concerts, and events to benefit the Playing For Change Foundation.   Playing For Change is based in the belief that music has the power to connect people regardless of their backgrounds.  Playing For Change‘s music combines voices…

This is the Way We Go to School

This is another one of my favorite books to share during our back to school activities.  This is the Way We Go to School – A Book About Children Around the World by Edith Baer is a fun, rhyming book that shows how children from different countries go to school.  Taking a ferry, riding a trolley…

It’s Back to School We Go!

It’s Back to School We Go!  First Day Stories From Around the World by Ellen Jackson This is one of my favorite books to start off the year.  Children from 11 different countries share what the first day of school is like for them.  Anton, a seven -year-old boy from Kazakhstan describes how his whole family…

International Friendship Day

“On this International Day of Friendship, let us cultivate warm ties that strengthen our common humanity and promote the well-being of the human family.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friends are beautiful presents, each wrapped in their own unique packages.  We develop friendships within our communities, our country, and across the world.  We surround ourselves with friends of different ages, backgrounds, cultures, and…

Today is Nelson Mandela Day!

Today is Nelson Mandela Day!  Celebrate his birthday by answering his global call to service. Nelson Mandela believed that every person has the power to change the world. To honor his 67 years of public service, people around the world are being asked to designate 67 minutes of their time to make a difference in the lives of…

Tanabata Festival

Today many Japanese are celebrating Tanabata – also known as the Star Festival. Tanabata – meaning “Evening of the seventh” – celebrates the meeting of two stars which are usually separated by the Milky Way and only allowed to meet once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.   Watch this video to learn more about the…

Celebrations of Freedom

Americans celebrate July 4 as Independence Day, marking the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Watch Schoolhouse Rock’s Fireworks with your kids – it’s a fun way to review the importance of this day. Picnics, baseball games, concerts, festivals, food-eating contests, and fireworks are just some of the ways Americans celebrate Independence Day.…

Global Celebrations: Canada Day

Global Celebrations: Canada Day

Every year on July 1, Canadians celebrate Canada Day.  This national holiday honors the anniversary of the Constitution Act which was signed in 1867, uniting three British colonies (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada) to form a single country called the Dominion of Canada.  At first the holiday was called Dominion Day, but in…

OPA!

This past weekend my husband, daughter and I attended the annual Greek Festival in Denver.  My husband was born and raised in Greece and this is a fun, local way for all of us to connect with his culture.  This year marked the 50th Anniversary of the event which brings people together to enjoy Greek art,…

Mourning

Our nation is grieving the loss of nine beautiful lives that were taken Wednesday evening during a bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  All of the victims were black, and with statements from survivors and the shooter himself, it is believed that this was a hate crime motivated by…

Photos from Around the Globe

The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is underway and is open for entries until the end of June.   It’s so fun to check out the submissions so far.  There are four categories:  Spontaneous, Sense of Place, Outdoor Scenes and Travel Portraits.  Check out these 10 jaw-dropping photos from around the globe. I searched through pictures…

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World Celebrations: Ramadan

World Celebrations: Ramadan Ramadan is a holy month celebrated by Muslims around the world. It takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when the first sliver of the crescent moon appears. The Islamic calendar is lunar, not solar, so Ramadan begins on a different date each year.  The holy month is believed to be the…