Summer Solstice

Sun-01If 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

Dragon Boat Festival

Boy-01The Duanwu Festival, often called the Dragon Boat Festival or Zhongxiao Festival, is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar. Because of that, the Dragon Boat Festival also often called the Double Fifth Calendar. This year, the Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on 13 June 2018. The Dragon Boat Festival is a public holiday in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. It is also unofficially observed by the Chinese communities of Southeast Asia, including Singapore and Malaysia.
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Eid al-Fitr

Boy-01Muslims all around the world, rejoice! This year, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on 15 June 2018. 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

Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé!

Logo-01The FIFA World Cup, or often called the World Cup, is an international association football competition. Members of FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, will compete in the World Cup. It is the most prestigious association football tournament in the world, as well as the most widely viewed and followed sporting event. Continue reading

Laylat al-Qadr

Stars-01During Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, and also the month of fasting or sawm, there will be a special night, the Laylat al-Qadr, which is the holiest night of the year. Laylat al-Qadr is sometimes called Night of Decree, Night of Power, Night of Value, Night of Destiny, or Night of Measures. It is believed that Laylat al-Qadr occurs on an odd-numbered night during the last ten days of Ramadan, i.e., the night of the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th. Continue reading

Hero of June: Anne Frank

Anne Frank-only-01Our woman hero of June is Anne Frank! Annelies Marie Frank, who was known as Anne Frank, was born on 12 June 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. She was known with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl (originally Het Achterhuis in Dutch; English: The Secret Annex), in which she documented her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is one of the world’s most widely known books and has been the basis for several plays and films. Continue reading

Hero of May: Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani-only-01Our woman hero of May is Maryam Mirzakhani! Maryam, who was born on 12 May 1977, was an Iranian mathematician and professor of mathematics at Stanford University, Stanford, California. On 13 August 2014, Maryam was honored with the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics, often equated in stature with the Nobel Prize. The award is given only once every four years and only to mathematicians 40 years old or younger. Maryam was both the first woman and the first Iranian to be honored with the award. The award committee cited her work in “the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.” Continue reading