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National Puzzle Day 29 January

National Puzzle Day recognises the value of puzzles and how they can benefit our mental development. Whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, word search, Sudoku puzzle or brain teaser, puzzles are a great way to put our minds to work. Regularly spending time working on puzzles can improve: memory cognitive function problem-solving skills logic and reasoning critical thinking vocabulary … Continue reading “National Puzzle Day 29 January”

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Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January + event at UoB on 31 January

Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January is an international day of remembrance which marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Berkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. On this annual day of commemoration, we all bear witness for those who were murdered in genocide and honour the survivors and all whose lives were changed beyond recognition. … Continue reading “Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January + event at UoB on 31 January”

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Chinese International Students celebrate the Lunar New Year

Rey, a Modern Languages with English student, has kindly written this post about the recent Lunar New Year celebrations he has shared with fellow Chinese international students. Personally, I found it really interesting – the background, the food, the celebrations. Thank you for sharing with us, Rey! (Ed) Sunday 22 January 2023 was this year’s … Continue reading “Chinese International Students celebrate the Lunar New Year”

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Hanukkah Sameach!

Hanukkah (18-26 December) celebrates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century BC. After outlawing the Jewish religion and Jewish practices, King Antiochus IV decreed that Jews must worship Greek gods in the Temple. The word ‘Hanukkah’ means dedication and commemorates the triumph of a band of rebel Jews known as the … Continue reading “Hanukkah Sameach!”

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World AIDS Day 1 December

World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. … Continue reading “World AIDS Day 1 December”

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Rosa Parks Day 1 December

Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. Her defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott; its success launched nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities. On December 1, 1955, Parks was arrested for refusing a … Continue reading “Rosa Parks Day 1 December”

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St Andrew’s Day (30 Nov)

Andrew, also called Saint Andrew the Apostle, (died 60/70 ce, Patras, Achaia [Greece]) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus and the brother of St. Peter. He is the patron saint of Scotland and of Russia, as well as other countries including Greece, Barbados and Romania. The celebration of Saint Andrew as a national festival is thought to originate … Continue reading “St Andrew’s Day (30 Nov)”

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