Hello people in Japan! On 8 January 2019 we will celebrate Seijin no Hi or Coming of Age Day! Seijin no Hi is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. It is held in order to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached or will reach the age of majority between April 2 of the previous year and April 1 of the current year, and to help them realize that they have become adults. Continue reading
New year is the time to start something new. For 2019, Adorageek will start celebrating with you the classic illustrated children books that many of us have known and loved all these years! Those illustrated children books are often our first teachings of the real world, but such in a fun and loving way that they stayed in our hearts even until today, and are still relevant to be shared with our children, nieces or nephews, or even our grandchildren!
So without further ado, let us start! Our Book of January is Corduroy! Continue reading
Do you know that we will celebrate International Programmer’s Day on 7 January? The aim is to celebrate the positive changes that programmers make to improve our everyday lives. The International Programmer’s Day is also popularly celebrated on the 256th day of the year, which is on 13 September or on 12 September in leap years. Continue reading
The Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on 6 January as a national holiday in Italy. During it, there is a traditional holiday celebration where La Befana will arrive on Epiphany Eve (the night of 5 January) to deliver gifts to all children in Italy. She will fill the children’s socks with candy and presents if they are good, or a lump of coal or dark candy if they are bad, similarly with Santa Claus or Sinterklaas. Continue reading
5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Be prepared to count down toward the New Year on the evening of 31 December! Continue reading
New Year is the time to start anew, but it is also the time to continue doing a good thing that you have done in the previous year! So today Adorageek presents you with something both old and new to enrich your days in 2019!
Below you could find a Monthly Journal Page, decorated with cute critters, for you to hang in your house, shop, office, anywhere! For January, we have a cute monkey and a kangaroo musing over a journal. What do you think will be in their agenda this January? Continue reading
Kwanzaa will be celebrated from 26 December to 1 January in the United States and in other nations of the West African diaspora in the Americans. Kwanzaa is celebrated to honor African heritage in African-American culture. Maulana Karenga, an African-American professor and a major figure in the Black Power movements of the 1960s and 1970s, created Kwanzaa in 1966. Continue reading
Do you hear the bells ringing? Yes, Christmas is around the corner! It is a celebration to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, a central figure in Christianity, and is commonly celebrated on 25 December by majority of Christians, as well as, culturally, by non-Christians. Christmas day is also a public holiday in many countries. Continue reading
Noche de Los Rábanos or The Night of the Radishes will be held on 23 December in Oaxaca, Mexico. It is an annual event dedicated to the carving of oversized radishes to create scenes that compete for prizes in various categories. The city of Oaxaca has a long wood carving tradition and farmers began carving radishes into figures as a way to attract customers’ attention at the Christmas market, which was held in the main square on December 23. Continue reading
If you have read Adorageek’s post on Equinox, then you know that our Earth actually rotates on a tilted axis. Winter solstice, or often called hibernal solstice or midwinter, occurs when Earth’s rotational axis, or its geographical Northern pole, is most greatly inclined away from Sun. On the winter solstice, Earth’s maximum axial tilt away from the Sun is 23.44°. This happens twice each year (once in the Northern hemisphere and once in the Southern hemisphere). Continue reading
Our woman hero of December is Mary Somerville! She was a Scottish science writer and polymath. She studied mathematics and astronomy, and was nominated to be jointly the first female member of the Royal Astronomical Society at the same time as Caroline Herschel. When Mary died in 1872, The Morning Post declared in her obituary that she is the queen of science. Continue reading
The Whirling Dervishes Festival is held on 7-17 December 2018 at Konya, Turkey. The festival is held annually to commemorate the death anniversary of the Sufi saint Mevlana, or Rumi as he was known. Rumi believed that communication with God was possible through dance, and so the dance of the whirling dervishes was born with their swirling white flowing robes and black cloaks and conical headgear. In 2008, UNESCO confirmed the “Mevlevi Sama Ceremony” or the whirling dervishes ceremony of Turkey as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Are you being a bad person this year? If yes, you better watch out, because the night of 5 December is Krampusnacht, or Krampus Night, where Krampus will come to punish you and drag you to the underworld! Continue reading
Chichibu Yomatsuri or Chichibu Night Festival is held on 2-3 December at the Chichibu Shrine at Chichibu, Japan. It is considered as one of Japan’s top three festivals that feature floats, the others being Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri and the Takayama Matsuri. From the three festivals, Chichibu Yomatsuri is the only one that is held in winter. In 2016, Chichibu Yomatsuri has been registered as a world cultural heritage event. Continue reading
This year, Hanukkah will be celebrated starting on sunset of 2 December until nightfall of 10 December. Hanukkah, which is also known as Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication, is a Jewish celebration that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Continue reading
Do you know that we will celebrate the Red Planet Day on 28 November? It commemorates the day when Mariner 4, a program conducted by the American space agency NASA in conjunction with Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), managed to do a flyby of the planet Mars and gave the first glimpse of Mars at close range, on 28 November 1964. Continue reading
Gather up, fans of Doctor Who all over the world and even beyond! We will celebrate TARDIS Day on 23 November! TARDIS Day celebrates the anniversary of “The Unearthly Child”, the debut episode of the series Doctor Who and the origin point of an ever-expanding universe, that was aired on 23 November 1963. Today, Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction television show.
This year, Thanksgiving is coming on the 22 November! This national holiday is celebrated in the United States, also in other countries by people of American descents. Previously, it was a day to give thanks on a good harvest and the blessings received in the preceding years. Continue reading
Mawlid Al-Nabi, meaning Birth of the Prophet, is the observance of the birthday of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. Mawlid Al-Nabi is celebrated in Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar. In 2018, Mawlid Al-Nabi will be celebrated on 20 November, in almost all Islamic countries and other countries that have a significant Muslim population.
Our woman hero of November is Marie Curie! She was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. Marie Curie was also the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes.
Writers, have you joined this year’s NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an annual Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. The aim is to get people to start writing, using the deadline as an incentive to get the story going and to put words to paper. Participating in NaNoWriMo is totally free! Continue reading
From 26 October to 24 November 2018, Dubai Fitness Challenge is held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. During Dubai Fitness Challenge, Dubai’s residents are challenged to commit to 30 minutes of continuous exercise a day, for 30 days, or Dubai30X30. The goal of Dubai Fitness Challenge is to turn Dubai into the most active city in the world! Continue reading
This year, one of the biggest Hindu’s festivals, Diwali, will be celebrated starting 6 November 2018. This festival celebrates the triumph of Rama against Rahwana; good against evil and light over darkness. in the nation of India, Malaysia, Singapore, Srilanka, Suriname, Fiji, Guyana, Myanmar, Nepal, Mauritius, and Trinidad Tobago have an official holiday of Diwali. The festival lasts for around 5 days and the main celebration is of Diwali night on the third day.
Do you know that Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated on 5 November? Also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, it is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in the United Kingdom. Continue reading
Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead is celebrated by people in Mexico and by those of Mexican ancestry throughout the world on 31 October to 2 November, when they will have a gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember their departed ones, so they could help support those departed ones’ spiritual journey. Continue reading
Do you know that Halloween is a contraction of All Hallow’s Evening, and also known as Allhalloween, All Hallow’s Eve, or All Saints’ Eve? Whichever the name used, it is celebrated on October 31st in both Western Christian countries and non Western Christian countries all over the world. Continue reading
November is coming and Adorageek already has something to enrich your days in the coming month! Below you could find a Monthly Journal Page, decorated with cute ice cream critters, for you to hang in your house, shop, office, anywhere! For November, we have a cute duckling, a panda, and a fresh kiwi ice cream with a crepe on top. Yum! To match it, we set the banner with the two critters musing over a journal. What do you think will be in their agenda this November? Continue reading
Our woman hero of October is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf! She is a Liberian politician who served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. She was the first elected female head of state in Africa. Sirleaf was listed as the 83rd-most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine in 2016. In 2010, Newsweek listed her as one of the ten best leaders in the world, while Time counted her among the top ten female leaders. That same year, The Economist called her “arguably the best president the country has ever had.” In 2010, Sirleaf released her first book, This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President.
Internationale Spieltage SPIEL is an annual four-day boardgame trade fair which is also open to the public and held in October (Thursday to the following Sunday) at the Messe Essen exhibition centre in Essen, Germany. Also often called the Essen Game Fair, it is the worldwide biggest fair for board games. The SPIEL started in 1983, and since then has gained a worldwide fame as an occasion where passionate board gamers can meet and chat with game designers, illustrators, and famous game reviewers. Continue reading
On 24 October we celebrate the United Nations Day. It is part of the United Nations Week, which runs from 20-26 October, aiming to making known to people of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization. Continue reading
Gather up, friends! Let us celebrate Adorageek’s birthday on 19 October!
Adorageek started out on 2017 as a humble projects between three sisters to understand and celebrate different kinds of festivity in different cultures, religions and countries around the world, and also to cherish the fantastical world of imagination. A year has passed and Adorageek has grown, thanks to all of you who has supported us throughout this wonderful journey, by reading and sharing our posts and illustrations.
We at Adorageek strive to continue to share more celebrations and festivities from all corners of the world, and maybe even from the outer space and beyond! So, if you have any celebration that you think we should include here, let us know!
Adora Geek, Uni-Q, and Celly Bright
Artists, have you participated on this year’s Inktober? Inktober is a drawing challenge taken by artists all around the world by doing one ink drawing a day for the entire month of October. Inktober is created by artist Jake Parker in 2009, to improve inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. Continue reading
Gather up, cinephiles! Filmekimi will be held on 5-14 October 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. The film week features a program consisting of films that have been screened and awarded at leading world film festivals, such as Oscar nominees in the Foreign Language category, as well as highly anticipated new productions. After Istanbul, Filmekimi is continued in Ankara on 12-16 October 2018, and in İzmir on 19-23 October 2018. Continue reading
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will be held on 6 October to 14 October 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is the largest annual hot air balloon festival in the world, with more than 500 hot air balloons participating each year. Continue reading
On 5 October we will celebrate World Teachers Day. Also known as International Teachers Day, the celebration aims to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world” and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching. Continue reading
On 3 to 14 October 2018 we will celebrate Kinderboekenweek or the Children’s Book Week in the Netherlands! Kinderboekenweek is an annual “week” of ten days in September and October for the promotion of (Dutch) children’s book. Kinderboekenweek has been held since 1955 with different theme each year. This year, the theme of Kinderboekenweek is Vriendschap: Kom erbij! or Friendship: Join us! Continue reading
It is October and Oktoberfest is already in full swing! Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest, a large event in Germany that usually combines a beer festival and travelling funfair. Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, and usually lasts for 16 to 18 days, from mid or late September to the first week of October. Locally, Oktoberfest is often called the Wiesn. This year, Oktoberfest is held from 22 September to 7 October 2018. Continue reading
Bath’s Children Literature Festival, which is also known as Bath Kid’s Lit Fest, will be held on 28 September to 7 October 2018 at Bath, Somerset, England. It is Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival that typically lasts ten days, spanning two weekends. The aim of the festival aim is to spark and inspire young imaginations, offer fascinating insights into the world of books and celebrate the joy of reading. Continue reading
October will be here soon and Adorageek already has something to enrich your days in the coming month! Below you could find a Monthly Journal Page, decorated with cute ice cream critters, for you to hang in your house, shop, office, anywhere! For October, we have a cute tiger, a rooster, and a vanilla ice cream with heart sprinkles on top. Yum! To match it, we set the banner with the two critters musing over a journal. What do you think will be in their agenda this October? Continue reading
Autumn is here, and today we will celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival! The Mid-Autumn Festival, which is also known as the Moon Festival, the Harvest Moon Festival, or the Mooncake Festival, is a harvest festival celebrated notably by the Chinese and Vietnamese people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night. This year, The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on 24 September 2018. Continue reading
Do you know that rhinoceros means “nose horn”? Or that a White rhino can weigh over 3500 kg (7700 lb), making them the second largest land mammal after the elephant? Let us celebrate rhinos by commemorating the World Rhino Day on 22 September! Continue reading
All hands hoay! Hoist the Jolly Roger! We will celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day on 19 September! It is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, U.S., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate, aye!
On 18 September 2018, Jewish people all around the world will celebrate Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur, which is also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. It occurs on the tenth day of the seventh month, and is regarded as the “Sabbath of Sabbaths”. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”) that commences with Rosh Hashanah. Continue reading
Our woman hero of September is Lili’uokalani! She was the first queen regnant and last sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, ruling from 29 January 1891 until the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi on 17 January 1893. Lili’uokalani was an accomplished author and songwriter. Her book Hawaiʻi’s Story by Hawaiʻi’s Queen gave her view of the history of her country and her overthrow. She is said to have played guitar, piano, organ, ʻukulele and zither, and also sang alto, performing Hawaiian and English sacred and secular music. One of her compositions was “Aloha ʻOe” or “Farewell to Thee”. Today, it is one of the most recognizable Hawaiian songs. Continue reading
Muslims around the world will celebrate The Islamic New Year, also known as Arabic New Year or Hijri New Year, on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. This year, the Islamic New Year starts on the sunset of 11 September 2018. In most Islamic countries or countries where Muslims are the majority, The Islamic New Year is a public holiday. Continue reading
Jewish all around the world is celebrating Rosh Hashanah starting on the sunset of 9 September 2018. Rosh Hashanah, which literally means “beginning (also head) [of] the year”, is a Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah, literally “day [of] shouting or blasting”. Rosh Hashanah is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im, which occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere.
Gather up, Trekkies! Let us celebrate the Star Trek Day on 8 September! Continue reading
On 5 September we will celebrate the International Day of Charity. Its main purpose is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world. Continue reading
Our woman hero of August is Mother Teresa! Mother Teresa, who was born on 26 August 1910, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. In 1950 Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that had over 4,000 sisters and an associated brotherhood of 300 members operating 610 missions in 123 countries. These included hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children’s- and family-counselling programs, orphanages and schools. She was admired and praised by many for her charitable work, but was also criticized for her opposition to abortion and for poor conditions in her houses for the dying. Continue reading