9th April


1806 Isambard Kingdom Brunel born – so build bridges, viaducts, tunnels and railways!

Today has a weird amount of celebrations of battles and victories, so maybe play Risk?

…. or play at being soldiers.


Gangaur festival of Rajasthan (2016) is celebrated in reverence to Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. It derives its name from the words ‘Gan’ and ‘Gauri’, the former is another name for Shiva while the latter is used to address Parvati. The festival centers around women and all the rituals to be followed are observed by them. The festival is held in the month of ‘Chaitra’ as per the Hindu calendar.

The festival rituals commence the day after Holi, and the women plant wheat and barley seeds in the ashes of the Holi fire. The women also make clay images of Gauri and her husband Isar (see picture). Gewar is a traditional treat during this festival:

  • Georgia National Unity Day (commemorates the day in 1989 when Soviet troops injured and killed anti-Soviet protesters);
  • Baghdad Liberation Day (Iraq celebrates US capturing Saddam Hussein in 2003)
  • Bataan Day (Phillippines surrendered to Japan in 1942, the largest American surrender since the Civil War)
  • Tunisia Martyrs’ Day (commemorating the people who lost their lives resisting French troops, particularly in 1938 when the troops opened fire on protesters)
  • Occupation of Denmark (by Germany in 1940; flags are half-mast until noon to mourn those killed)
  • Vimy Ridge Day (Canadian troops won this battle in France against Germany in WWI)

Other events today that might inspire your play:

  • Day of the Finnish Language
  • World Konkani Day (Goa’s official language)
  • S. Africa Family Day

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