Monthly Archives: June 2016
July is a great month to incorporate water creature life cycles due to featured special events such as National Fishing month and National Marine week.
We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!
Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to - help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:
International Reggae Day
1st July Since the 1960s, reggae music and artists have touched most people’s lives globally, especially since the iconic Bob Marley who had timeless hits such as “No Woman No Cry”, “One Love” and “Three Little Birds”. Reggae music sprouted from R&B and Ska music and now it falls under the three styles; roots reggae, skinhead reggae and ‘Dub’. This timeless music also represents the values and message of the Rastafarian movement of peace and relaxation. Have a look at the International Reggae Day website for a fascinating video where founder of Island Records Chris Blackwell talks about the special day and the history of reggae. www.iReggaeDay.com
Laylat al-Qadr Day (Night of Destiny)
2nd July Muslim holiday: Also known as the ‘Night of Power ’ or ‘The Night of Destiny’ honours the night when Allah (God) revealed the Qur’an to prophet Muhammad according to Islamic belief.
7th July Muslim holiday: Eid-al-Fitr represents the “festival of the breaking of the fast” marking the end of ‘Ramadan’ (an important Islamic religious holy month of fasting and praying to Allah). It is a time of giving, the are many great organisations in the UK such as www.Islamic-Relief.org.uk raising funds and spreading the values and good intentions of UK Muslims to the world. Islam-Relief.org.uk
National Disability Awareness Day
10th July National Disability celebrates and focuses on what people can do rather than what they cannot do. We spread and change our national view of people labelled as disabled and promote new ideas and ways in which we can change, work together and create a culture that promotes and supports independence. It’s a day where one can showcase what people of different abilities CAN do in the field of sports arts, entertainment and much more. There is an annual exhibition held at Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington. The event is completely voluntary-led and 'not for profit'. DisabilityAwarenessDay.org.uk
International World Population Day (DAD)
11th July We were 2.5 billion people globally in 1950, now we are 7 billion! Another special day promoted by the United Nations to spread awareness of our current world population. We look into details of the impact also on health access, urbanisation, sustainability and youth empowerment. www.un.org
Emmeline Pankhurst Day
14th July Mrs Pankhurst was an important woman in the 20th century for British women, leading the women’s suffrage movement. She is known for being a political activist and for being hugely instrumental in helping women to get the vote. “In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave voting rights to women over 30. Emmeline died on 14 June 1928, shortly after women were granted equal voting rights with men (at 21).” www.BBC.co.uk
National Cherry Day
16th July National cherry day, well, why not? Did you know cherries came from Persia to first introduced in Britain by the Romans? Cherries are an important part of our five-a-day, super cherries help us sleep, relieve pain and age well. We used to have many cherry orchards but now we import over 95% of cherries sold in the UK. Take the opportunity today to support and spread awareness of the need to maintain our traditional orchards! Great time to plant a cherry tree with children and teach them to nurture this great land we live on. www.EnglishCherry.co.uk
Battle of the Boyne
12th July This is a Northern Irish bank holiday. It was in 1690, and was the last time two crowned kings (William of Orange and James II) of Scotland, Ireland and England fought each other on the battle field. William of Orange’s win secured Ireland’s Protestant ascendancy for generations to come. This day still is of great importance to all Northern Irish citizens. www.BBC.co.uk/History National Fishing Month 22nd July – 29th August Learn to fish with professionals! Fishery organisers, owners and angling coaches give up some of their time to support National Fishing Month. There are many FREE angling events taking place across the country. Visit National Fishing Month website to find out what’s happening in your area. www.NationalFishingMonth.com National Marine Week 23rd July – 7th August The Wildlife Trust promotes a day of awareness and appreciation of our marine life. It’s a great chance to book a trip or to a marine themed lesson plan investigating more about marine life; seals, puffins, basking sharks, dolphins, jelly fish and so much more. There’s nothing like a good marine treasure hunt to get everyone exploring and making independent discoveries. More info and ideas can be found on the Wildlife Trust website. www.WildLifeTrusts.org National Parks Week 25th- 31st July Book a trip to a National Park! National Parks are areas of natural beauty in the UK which are protected due to their fascinating wild life, cultural importance and cultural heritage. Today we appreciate, celebrate and spread awareness of the best ways to support and protect our beautiful National Parks. www.NationalParks.gov.uk International Day of Friendship 30th July The United Nations declared this date as a day for celebrating friendship globally (Many countries before where celebrating on different days). On this day all countries focus on promoting friendship among people, countries and cultures. It is also a time to celebrate diversity, respect, encourage peace, and build bridges among people. The UN supports goals and objectives of the 'Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace' and the ' International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)'. www.un.org