12th March

China/Taiwan Arbor Day (for tree planting. The Chinese national tree is the Gingko biloba, which some gardens and parks might have; see if there are any seeds to collect and plant)

Grækarismessa: Faroe Islands – these are some way above Scotland, and owned by Denmark. They still run whaling hunts; and their cultural institute, Nordic House, was built to look like a hill of elves.

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They are famous for their knitted jumpers, so maybe try some finger knitting using thick yarn with older kids.

This festival is the feast of St Gregory.

Gabon Renovation Day – see 17th August

Mauritius National Day – the home of the Dodo!

Commonwealth Day (2018)

Adelaide Cup Day (horse racing) (2018, 2nd Monday in March)

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12th January

The National Trust founded 1895, so go visit one of their properties

A long-distance radio signal sent from Eiffel tower 1908make a radio or record your own radio station programme

Little Red Riding Hood, Gustave Doré

Charles Perrault’s birthday (1628), so read fairy stories.

Turkmenistan Remembrance Day – see 19th February

12th October

Columbus Day: In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. San Francisco, with a large Italian-American population, has a Columbus Day parade (although Columbus was working for Queen Isabella of Spain, he was Italian. And he was really called Cristoforo Colombo).

Hawaii celebrates Discoverers’ Day celebrating the Polynesians, and South Dakota celebrates Native American Day; Dia de la Raza or Day of the Race is celebrated in a lot of Latin America. Venezuela celebrates Day of Indigenous Resistance; Spain does Dia de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacionale. The Bahamas do Discovery Day. Activities here and here, or try a boat race or do the 10 best Columbus Day crafts.

Fiesta Nacional de España – see 6 December

UN Spanish Language Day – so learn Spanish!

Equatorial Guinea Independence Day (from Spain, 1968)

Simchat Torah (2017): Jews get the Torah out and carries it round the synagogue, and everyone dances and sings.

Also today:

  • Freethought Day (US, commemorating end of Salem witch trials)

12th January

The National Trust founded 1895, so go visit one of their properties

A long-distance radio signal sent from Eiffel tower 1908make a radio or record your own radio station programme

Little Red Riding Hood, Gustave Doré

Charles Perrault’s birthday (1628), so read fairy stories.

Turkmenistan Remembrance Day – see 19th February

12th December

Russia Constitution Day – see 4th November

Jamhuri Day (Kenya’s independence from UK, 1963) Hominids have lived here for about 2.5 million years. By the 1st century A.D. its coastline had been settled by Bantu people from West Africa who traded food and metal with other countries. Arabs moved in and introduced Islam. The Kilwa sultanate stretched from Tanzania along the whole Swahili-speaking coast, ruled by a Persian sultan. In the 17th century, the area was ruled by Omani Arabs and Portuguese began buying slaves from the area.

The Imperial British East Africa Company arrived in 1888, and had the Kenya-Uganda railway built. The Nandi people were given a ‘native reserve’ to stop them interrupting the railway’s progress. Lots of Indians were brought in to help with the building.

In WWI German East Africa became cut off from Germany but its leader, von Lettow, lived off the land and captured British supplies. Britain sent in an Indian army to chase him,  but needed African porters to carry supplies – these were the Carrier Corps.

Later about 30,000 white settlers arrived in the highlands and became wealthy growing tea and coffee. Unfortunately there were already some native farmers there, so the settlers banned them from growing coffee and introduced a ‘hut tax’ to get rid of them.

In 1952 the Kikuyu began the Mau-Mau rebellion against the British but by 1959 their leader had been defeated. The Mau-Maus were killed or put in camps, and had their land confiscated.

On 12 December 1963 Kenya became independent.

Famous for: Wildife – Kenyan safaris and game reserves are home to the big five – elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinos.

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The Treetops Hotel is where Queen Elizabeth II was staying when she found out her father had died and she was to be queen.

Then:

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Now:

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Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico)

Turkmenistan Neutrality Day – see 19th February

Pennsylvania (1787): famous for being Dutch and Ben Franklin.

12th October

Columbus Day: In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. San Francisco, with a large Italian-American population, has a Columbus Day parade (although Columbus was working for Queen Isabella of Spain, he was Italian. And he was really called Cristoforo Colombo).

Hawaii celebrates Discoverers’ Day celebrating the Polynesians, and South Dakota celebrates Native American Day; Dia de la Raza or Day of the Race is celebrated in a lot of Latin America. Venezuela celebrates Day of Indigenous Resistance; Spain does Dia de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacionale. The Bahamas do Discovery Day. Activities here and here, or try a boat race or do the 10 best Columbus Day crafts.

Fiesta Nacional de España – see 6 December

UN Spanish Language Day – so learn Spanish!

Equatorial Guinea Independence Day (from Spain, 1968)

Simchat Torah (2017): Jews get the Torah out and carries it round the synagogue, and everyone dances and sings.

Also today:

  • Freethought Day (US, commemorating end of Salem witch trials)