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It’s Back to School We Go! Book Review & Activities

It’s Back to School We Go! First Day Stories From Around the World by Ellen Jackson is a favorite global book to start off the year. Children from 11 different countries share what the first day of school is like for them. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through, a small commission will be paid…

International Day of Friendship

International Day of Friendship

In 2011, the United Nations (UN) declared July 30 to be the International Day of Friendship with the idea that friendship between people, countries, and cultures can inspire peace and build bridges between communities. The day, which is also known as World Friendship Day, encourages involving young people in community activities that include different cultures and promote…

Mandela Day

Mandela Day: 67 Minutes of Service

What is Mandela Day? It’s a global celebration of former South African president’s Nelson Mandela’s life and his contributions to peace and freedom. Mandela Day is also a “Call for All” to recognize their ability to have an impact in their communities. #MandelaDay #67Minutes “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It…

Tanabata Star Festival in Japan

Global Celebrations: Tanabata (Star Festival)

What is Tanabata? Also known as Star Festival, Tanabata is a Japanese festival meaning “Evening of the seventh.” Tanabata is originally based on a Chinese legend. It celebrates the meeting of two stars which are usually separated by the Milky Way and, according to legend, only allowed to meet once a year: on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Find…

Independence Day Celebrations

Independence Day Celebrations

 Happy Birthday America! Americans celebrate July 4 as Independence Day, marking the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Picnics, baseball games, concerts, festivals, food-eating contests, and fireworks are just some of the ways Americans celebrate their national holiday. There’s Gonna Be Fireworks! Schoolhouse Rock’s “Fireworks” is a musical celebration of the…

Canada Day

Global Celebrations: Canada Day

What is Canada Day? Canada Day is a national holiday celebrating the country’s independence from Great Britain in 1867. The new nation, still loyal to Great Britain, was called the Dominion of Canada and consisted of only four provinces ((Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec). Now, there are 10 provinces and 3 territories. At first the holiday was…

OPA!

The annual Greek Festival in Denver, Colorado has been bringing people together to enjoy Greek art, dancing, music, and food for more than 50 years. My husband was born and raised in Greece, and this is a fun, local way to connect with his culture. I always enjoy listening to the live music, particularly the bouzouki – the…

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. We searched through pictures…

World Celebrations: Ramadan

World Celebrations: Ramadan

World Celebrations: Ramadan What is Ramadan? Ramadan is a holy month celebrated by Muslims around the world. It is believed to be the month in which the Qur’an (the religious text of Islam) was revealed to the prophet Muhammed. When is it celebrated? Ramadan takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when the first sliver of the…

Global Family Reunion

Today is the Global Family Reunion – an event to celebrate our “interconnectedness” and to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s. AJ Jacobs, editor at large for Esquire, got the idea for the celebration after learning about the advances in genealogy that are proving how interrelated we all are. A group of researchers are in…