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Happy Birthday Niedersachsen

2021 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the German federal state of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) by the British military government. Located in northwestern Germany, it brought together the former Prussian province of Hanover with the states of Braunschweig, Oldenburg and Schaumburg-Lippe in 1946. To mark this anniversary, the German public television broadcaster NDR broadcast Happy Birthday … Continue reading “Happy Birthday Niedersachsen”

20 October 2021 by
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International Pronouns Day

International Pronouns Day, 24 October [occurring annually on the third Wednesday in October], seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can … Continue reading “International Pronouns Day”

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World Mental Health Day

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year’s theme is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’. The green ribbon is in the international symbol of mental health awareness. The past 18 months have brought many challenges for all of us but, in particular, for people with mental … Continue reading “World Mental Health Day”

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National Poetry Day (7 October)

National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry and this year’s theme is Choice. There is a selection of poems here https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/celebrate-national-poetry-day/ to get you inspired and engaged, plus an online events listing. One of the many poems featured is ‘Instead’ by Brian Moses Instead of an X-boxplease show me a pathway that stretches to the … Continue reading “National Poetry Day (7 October)”

7 October 2021 by
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Navaratri

Navaratri (meaning ‘nine nights’) is a Hindu festival [7-17 October] celebrated every autumn. It is usually held at harvest time. Lasting for nine days, Navaratri celebrates good triumphing over evil. During the festival, three goddesses are worshipped: Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The first three nights are dedicated to Durga (the mother goddess representing power), the … Continue reading “Navaratri”

7 October 2021 by
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Black History Month 1-31 October

The theme for this year’s Black History Month is ‘Proud to Be’. For events in BHM here at the University of Birmingham, please visit https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/events/black-history-month/index.aspx Started in the US as a week-long celebration in 1926 by Carter G Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator and publisher, in 1976 it became a month-long celebration … Continue reading “Black History Month 1-31 October”

1 October 2021 by
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Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah or Simhat Torah (28-29 September) is a Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. The main celebrations of Simchat Torah take place in the synagogue during evening and morning services. In Orthodox, as well as many conservative congregations, this is the only time … Continue reading “Simchat Torah”

28 September 2021 by
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Engelbert Humperdinck centenary

Engelbert Humperdinck (1 September 1854 – 27 September 1921) was a German composer, most widely known for his opera Hansel and Gretel. He produced his first composition aged 7, though his parents disapproved of his plans for a career in music and encouraged him to study architecture. Hänsel und Gretel, conducted by Richard Strauss, was produced at … Continue reading “Engelbert Humperdinck centenary”

27 September 2021 by
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Sukkot

Sukkot (20-27 September) commemorates the biblical story of the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God protected them under difficult desert conditions. Also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, or the Feast of Booths, it is a festival for giving thanks for many things, like … Continue reading “Sukkot”

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