“That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Yes, on 20 July 2019 we will celebrate the Apollo 11 Moon Landing! Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on 20 July 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on 21 July at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later. Continue reading
Hello San Diego! This year, San Diego Comic-Con International is in full swing on 18-21 July 2019. San Diego Comic-Con International is a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention held annually in San Diego, California, United States. It is commonly known as Comic-Con, San Diego Comic-Con, or SDCC. The aim is to create awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. Continue reading
Bastille Day or la Fête nationale (The National Celebration) is celebrated on 14 July in France. The national day of France commemorates the Storming of Bastille, the medieval fortress, armory and prison in Paris, on 14 July 1789 that marks a turning point of the French Revolution. Bastille Day also commemorates the Fête de la Fédération, a massive holiday festival that celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Bastille Day is a public holiday in France. Continue reading
Do you know that the final of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is this afternoon? It is the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship contested by 24 women’s national teams representing member associations of FIFA. It is hosted by France between 7 June and 7 July 2019, with matches staged in nine cities. This year, the final is between the European champion the Netherlands and the reigning World champion the United States. Would the Stars and Stripes triumph tonight? Or would the Orange Lionesses rule the football pride? We’re excited to find out! And we hope you are too! Continue reading
Happy Independence Day to all of you in the United States! The Independence Day, or also called Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a National Day of the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. In it, The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies at that time regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. Continue reading
July is nearly here and Adorageek already has something to enrich your days in the coming month! Below you could find a Monthly Journal Page, decorated with cute critters, for you to hang in your house, shop, office, anywhere! For July, we have a cute octopus and a mouse musing over a journal. What do you think will be in their agenda this July? Continue reading
Our book of June is The Very Hungry Caterpillar! It is a children’s picture book designed, illustrated, and written by Eric Carle, first published by the World Publishing Company in 1969, later published by Penguin Putnam. The winner of many children’s literature awards and a major graphic design award, it has sold almost 50 million copies worldwide, and has been described as having sold the equivalent of a copy per minute since its publication. The book has also been described as “one of the greatest childhood classics of all time”, and was voted the number two children’s picture book in a 2012 survey of School Library Journal readers. Continue reading
Whether you are first-timers or seasoned yogis, be prepared! Because this year, the Wanderlust Yoga Festival will be started on 20 June 2019, and will last for many months on many different cities. So, are you ready? Continue reading
If you read Adorageek’s post on Equinox, then you know that our Earth actually rotates on a tilted axis. Summer solstice, or often called midsummer, occurs when a Earth’s rotational axis, or its geographical Northern pole, is most greatly inclined toward the Sun. On the summer solstice, Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23.44°. This happens twice each year (once in the Northern hemisphere and once in the Southern hemisphere), when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole. Continue reading
Are you ready, Trekkies? Let us celebrate Captain Picard Day on 16 June! As you remember, the first Captain Picard Day is celebrated on Star Trek: The Next Generation season 7 episode “The Pegasus”, when the event was held aboard the USS Enterprise-D for the ship’s schoolchildren. Activities included a contest, judged by Captain Jean-Luc Picard himself, in which the children created paintings and models of the captain. Continue reading
Our woman hero of June is Benazir Bhutto! She was a Pakistani politician who served as Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation. Ideologically a liberal and a secularist, she chaired or co-chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from the early 1980s until her assassination in 2007.
Do you know that Gay Pride Month or LGBT Pride Month is held during the month of June? Gay pride or LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Continue reading
Muslims all around the world, rejoice! This year, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on 5 June 2019. Eid al-Fitr is one of the important religious holidays commemorated by Muslims. It marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of sawm or fasting, when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. Eid al-Fitr was originated by the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It is observed on the first of the Islamic month of Shawwal at the end of the month of Ramadan, and celebrated for one, two or three days. Continue reading
June is peeking around the corner and Adorageek already has something to enrich your days in the coming month! Below you could find a Monthly Journal Page, decorated with cute critters, for you to hang in your house, shop, office, anywhere! For June, we have a cute koala and a penguin musing over a journal. What do you think will be in their agenda this June? Continue reading
Are you ready to roll? The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake, or Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling, is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper’s Hill, near Gloucester in England. It was traditionally held by and for the people who live in the local village of Brockworth, Gloucestershire, but now people from all over the world take part. The Guardian newspaper called it a “world-famous event”, with winners from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Nepal. In 2019, the event takes place on 27 May 2019. Continue reading
Our woman hero of May is Catherine the Great! She was Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796, the country’s longest-ruling female leader. She came to power following a coup d’état which she organized—resulting in her husband, Peter III, being overthrown. Under her reign, Russia was revitalized; it grew larger and stronger and was recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. That said, however, she was a usurper of the Russian throne because her son, Paul I, should have naturally been the Tsar following Peter III’s death.
Episode 6 of season 8 of Game of Thrones will be aired on 19 May 2019 on HBO in the United States, and we at Adorageek is burning with anticipation! The episode is widely anticipated by fans and non-fans alike, as it is finale of the final season of Game of Thrones series which premiered on HBO in the United States on 17 April 2011. Continue reading
Adorageek wants to wholeheartedly congratulate Duncan Laurence who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 representing the Netherlands! Adora attended the general rehearsal and witnessed first hand how amazing his performance was. Adora was beyond ecstatic when Duncan won the next day on the grand final! Continue reading
Vesak, also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day, is a holiday traditionally observed by Buddhists and some Hindus on different days in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia and the Philippines and in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam as “Buddha’s Birthday” as well as in other parts of the world. The festival commemorates the birth, enlightenment (Buddhahood), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition. Continue reading
Our book of May is Song of the Swallows! It is a book by Leo Politi. Published by Scribner, it was the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1950. Continue reading
Muslims all around the world is preparing to welcome Ramadan! Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, and it is also the month of fasting or sawm.
The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness. The first day of Ramadan is usually determined by observing the hilāl (the crescent), typically a day (or more) after the astronomical new moon. Since the new moon marks the beginning of the new month, Muslims can usually safely estimate the beginning of Ramadan this way. Continue reading
On 5 May people of Mexican ancestry will celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which means literally Fifth of May. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s difficult victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on 5 May 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico, the United States, also in other countries with significant Mexican population. Continue reading
Gather up Jedi Padawans, Sith Apprentices, Droids, Rebel soldiers and Imperial stormtroopers alike! You are all invited to join the Star Wars Day celebration on 4 May!
Star Wars is an American epic space opera media franchise, centered on a film series created by George Lucas. The film usually opens with a running text that is started with “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” One of the main themes of Star Wars is the fight between the Rebel force and the tyrannical Empire. Continue reading
May is nearly here and Adorageek already has something to enrich your days in the coming month! Below you could find a Monthly Journal Page, decorated with cute critters, for you to hang in your house, shop, office, anywhere! For May, we have a cute dog and an owl musing over a journal. What do you think will be in their agenda this May? Continue reading
Avengers: Endgame has hit the theaters all around the world starting on 24 April 2019, and we at Adorageek could not be more excited! The film was widely anticipated by fans and non-fans alike, as it is the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, and the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Continue reading
Are you in the Netherlands today? If yes, then you are in luck, because today, 27 April, is Koningsdag or King’s Day, the celebration of the birthday of King Willem-Alexander of the Kingdom of the Netherlands! Koningsdag is a national holiday in the Netherlands. Continue reading
Scouts’ Day or Guides’ Day is a generic term for special days observed by members of the Scouting movement throughout the year. Some of these days have religious significance, while others may be a simple celebration of Scouting. Typically, it is a day when all members of Scouting will re-affirm the Scout Promise. In the United Kingdom and Denmark, 23 April is celebrated as Saint George’s Day. As Saint George is the patron saint of Scouting, 23 April is also celebrated as Scouts’ Day there. Continue reading
Put on your green hat and wiggle those green fingers, because we will celebrate World Earth Day on 22 April! On Earth Day, various events and celebrations are held to support environmental protection. In 2019, the theme for Earth Day is to ‘Protect Our Species’, as organized by the Earth Day Network. Continue reading
In 2019 Easter will be celebrated on 21 April. It is a Christian holiday that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus. According to Christianity belief, Jesus will be resurrected on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans. Easter is also called Pascha in Greek and Latin, and also celebrated by non-Christians. Continue reading
Our book of April is Where the Wild Things are! It is a 1963 children’s picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, originally published by Harper & Row. The book has been adapted into other media several times, including an animated short in 1974 (with an updated version in 1988); a 1980 opera; and a live-action 2009 feature-film adaptation, directed by Spike Jonze. The book had sold over 19 million copies worldwide as of 2009, with 10 million of those being in the United States.. Continue reading
People in Japan! Are you ready for Hanami?
Hanami, meaning flower viewing, is a Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of Sakura, the renowned Japanese cherry blossom. From end of March to early May, sakura tree will bloom all over Japan, and will last only for a week or two. That is why the sakura-zensen or blossom forecast announced each year by the weather bureau is watched carefully by Japanese people. Continue reading
Are you ready? WrestleMania 35 will take place on 7 April 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The event is set to include the first-ever women’s main event in WrestleMania history. Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch will face each other in a winner takes all triple threat match for both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships. Continue reading
Our woman hero of April is Gabriela Mistral! She was a Chilean poet-diplomat, educator and humanist. In 1945 she became the first Latin American author to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature, “for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world”. Some central themes in her poems are nature, betrayal, love, a mother’s love, sorrow and recovery, travel, and Latin American identity as formed from a mixture of Native American and European influences. Her portrait also appears on the 5,000 Chilean peso bank note.
Be prepared, friends! We will celebrate April Fool’s Day on 1 April! Sometimes called April Fools’ Day, it is an annual celebration commemorated on April 1 by playing practical jokes or harmless pranks and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called April fools. People playing April Fool jokes often expose their prank by shouting “April fool(s)” at the unfortunate victim(s). Some newspapers, magazines and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in smaller letters. Continue reading
Our book of March is Blueberries for Sal! It is a 1948 children’s picture book by Robert McCloskey. It was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 1949, and was ranked number 13 among the “Top 100 Picture Books” in a 2009 survey published by School Library Journal. It was ranked number 31 in a reiteration three years later. Continue reading
April is in the house and Adorageek already has something to enrich your days in the coming month! Below you could find a Monthly Journal Page, decorated with cute critters, for you to hang in your house, shop, office, anywhere! For April, we have a cute pig and a dragon musing over a journal. What do you think will be in their agenda this April? Continue reading
Our woman hero of March is Emily Murphy! She was a Canadian women’s rights activist, jurist, and author. In 1916, she became the first female magistrate in Canada, and in the British Empire. She is best known for her contributions to Canadian feminism, specifically to the question of whether women were “persons” under Canadian law. Emily Murphy was also known as one of “The Famous Five” (also called “The Valiant Five”), a group of Canadian women’s rights activists that also included Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby. Continue reading
Do you know that our Earth actually rotates on a tilted axis? Earth rotates by itself around a fixed axis called the rotational axis. At the same time, Earth also orbits around the Sun in a fixed axis called the orbital axis. The rotational axis is not actually perpendicular to the orbital axis. As the result, our Earth is tilted to a certain angle compared to its orbital axis. And the celestial equator, the imaginary line in the sky above Earth’s equator, is also tilted to a certain angle compared to Earth’s orbital axis. Continue reading
In Japan, as well as other countries such as South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China, 14 March will be celebrated as White Day. On it, men who received chocolate of love (honmei-choko) or courtesy chocolate (giri-choko) on Valentine’s Day will be expected to return the favor by giving gifts to the women. Popular White Day gifts are white chocolates, white cookies, marshmallow, white flowers, white jewelry, even white clothing such as lingerie. A man could also take the woman to a date. Continue reading
Do you know that International Women’s Day or IWD is celebrated on 8 March? That’s right! It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. IWD also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. For 2019, the theme of IWD is #BalanceforBetter. Continue reading
In 2019 Nyepi will be celebrated by Balinese people on 7 March. Nyepi is a “Day of Silence”, commemorated every Isakawarsa or the new year according to Balinese Saka calendar. Nyepi, which is a Hindu celebration observed mainly in Bali, Indonesia, is recognized as a public holiday in Indonesia. Continue reading
Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, refers to events of the Carnival celebration, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday (known as Shrove Tuesday). Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. In 2019, Mardi Gras is celebrated on 5 March. Continue reading
The Carnival of Brazil or Carnaval do Brasil is an annual Brazilian festival held between the Friday afternoon before Ash Wednesday and Ash Wednesday at noon, which marks the beginning of Lent, the forty-day period before Easter. During Lent, Roman Catholics and some other Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term “carnival”, from carnelevare, “to remove (literally, “raise”) meat.” In 2019, Carnaval do Brasil will be held on 1 March to 6 March. Continue reading
Are you excited for Pokémon Day that is celebrated on 27 February? We are! Pokémon is a media franchise centered on a creature called Pokémon. Humans known as Pokémon Trainers will catch and train them to battle other Pokémon. The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri on 1995.
Our book of February is Harold and the Purple Crayon! It is a 1955 children’s book by Crockett Johnson. It led to a series of other books, and inspired many adaptations. The book inspired programmer Petri Purho to create the computer game Crayon Physics Deluxe, The book potentially inspired the kid’s TV show Chalkzone, and has been used frequently in children’s and art education lesson plans. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children”. In 2012 it was ranked number 16 among the “Top 100 Picture Books” in a survey published by School Library Journal. Continue reading