South Africa’s Youth Day: This commemorates the start of the Soweto riots of 1976, sparked by government edict to only teach in Afrikaans in black schools. The deeply moving picture of Hector Pieterson being carried by a student while his sister runs alongside helped bring the brutalities of the Apartheid regime to the attention of the world. He was shot and killed when South Africans opened fire on protesting students. He was 13. With older children, this may be good opportunity to discuss the tragic history of the Apartheid and to discuss your child’s views on race.
Bloomsday: On which the events in Jame Joyce’s novel Ulysses are reenacted in Dublin. Perhaps you could reenact some events from your child’s favourite book; maybe even perform them to a visiting relative.
Sussex Day: (St Richard’s Day)