A Good Planet is Hard to Find!

Earth-01Put 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. This year, the theme for Earth Day is to ‘End Plastic Pollution’, as organized by the Earth Day Network. Continue reading

Hero of April: Kartini

Kartini only-01Our woman hero of April is Raden Adjeng Kartini! Kartini, who was born on 21 April 1879, is Indonesian national woman hero from Java. She was the first who fight for girls’ education and woman’s right in Indonesia. For those merits, 21 April is established as Kartini’s Day and is a national holiday in Indonesia. Continue reading

Hanami Across Japan

Tree-01People 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

Isra and Mi’raj

Mosque-01Isra and Mi’raj is one of the most significant events in Islamic calendar. It is two parts of a night journey that Muhammad, the Islamic Prophet, took during a single night. Isra and Mi’raj is observed on the 27th day of the month of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar. This year, Isra and Mi’raj will be observed on 14 April. In some Islamic countries, Isra and Mi’raj is a national holiday. Continue reading

Songkran in Thailand

Temple-01Songkran is the Thai New Year’s festival, and this year it will be celebrated on 13 April until 15 April. The word Songkran comes from Sanskrit word “samkranti”, literally means astrological passage, and could also means transformation or change. Songkran is celebrated by Thai people as well as Malaysian Siamese. Continue reading