Love is Love is Love is Love

Pride Month 2019 Girl1-01Do 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

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo 2019 Pinata-01On 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

May the 4th be with you!

Star Wars 2019 Yoda-01Gather 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

Long Live the King!

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

Hanami Across Japan

People in Japan! Are you ready for Hanami?

Hanami 2019 Tree-01Hanami, 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

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day 2019 Boy-01On 17 March people in Ireland and people of Irish heritage will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador (for provincial government employees), and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. Saint Patrick’s Day or Feast of Saint Patrick commemorates Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Continue reading

Carnaval do Brasil

Carnival 2019 Girl 1-01The 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