Posts Tagged ‘Festivals’

Pancake Day

February 21, 2012

Get your eggs, flour, milk and lemons ready because today is Pancake Day! Also known as Shrove Tuesday, this festival marks the last day before Lent where people traditionally give something up until Easter.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/lent_1.shtml

Also, in Eastern Europe and many of the Former Soviet Union countries, Maslenitsa is observed. Here is more information plus a bliny recipe:

http://www.sras.org/maslenitsa_blin

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农历新年

January 24, 2012

Today marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Dragon. In China, New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. Here are some articles about Chinese New Year:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_(zodiac)

And some recipies for Chinese dishes!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/cuisines/chinese

Yorkshire Day

August 1, 2011

Today, our friends in the North are celebrating Yorkshire Day. This is a festival that promotes the county of Yorkshire and its achievements throughout history:

http://www.yorkshireridings.org/

Eid

November 16, 2010

Today marks the beginning of the four-day Eid holiday in Islam. Here is some more information from the BBC Website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/holydays/eiduladha.shtml

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Ólavsøka

July 28, 2010

Hej fra Færøerne! Hello from the Faroe Islands!

This week marks the Ólavsøka festival when the Parliament is opened on St Olav’s day. There are also sporting events such as rowing competitions, art exhibitions and folk music.

Here’s some further information about the festival:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%93lavs%C3%B8ka

And should you wish to visit the Faroe Islands:

http://www.visitfaroeislands.com/

May Day

May 3, 2010

Hello to you on this May Day Bank Holiday! Today countries all over the world will be celebrating with a variety of festivals and traditions. Here is some more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day

Easter Monday

April 5, 2010

Hello, it’s Easter Monday as we’re sure you all know. We hope you all enjoyed your Easter Eggs and the time off.

Now, Easter Monday is traditionally a time for a wide range of interesting local customs. Among these is the ‘bottle kicking’ game from Leicestershire, a tradition that goes back for many years:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottle-kicking

Meanwhile, in the North of England, the World Coal Carrying Championship is taking place:

http://www.gawthorpe.ndo.co.uk/coal.htm

And not forgetting that today is also Hop Monday to commemorate (or should that be celebrate?) the arrival of Hops in Britain.

Ramadan

August 21, 2009

At midnight tonight the Islamic month of Ramadan begins. As well as fasting during daylight hours for those who are able to, other practices take place such as Taraweeh prayers in the evening and going into seclusion for the last ten nights. Here is a page from the BBC about it along with some health advice:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/practices/ramadan_1.shtml

Edinburgh Festival

August 19, 2009

The Edinburgh Festival, celebrating a wide range of arts and culture is in full swing and here is a website for it:

http://www.edinburghfestivals.co.uk/

Of course, being a library blog, we couldn’t forget to highlight this:

http://westportbookfestival.org/

Midsummer

June 24, 2009

Midsummer, Summer Solstice, the Feast Day of St. John, call it what you will. Today marks the pagan festival of Midsummer where, over most of the Northern Hemisphere, bonfires shall be lit and maypoles shall be danced around. Here is a Wikipedia article about it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer

And here’s something from the BBC Website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/summersolstice.shtml

Today is also the Ratha Yatra festival in Hinduism, commemorating Krishna’s return to his people after a long absence:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratha_Yatra