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El Día de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead is a traditional holiday celebrated in Mexico and is elsewhere associated with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints’ Day (1 November) and All Souls’ Day (2 November). It is both a remembrance and celebration for the dearly departed. November 1, called Día de Los Inocentes, or Día de Los Angelitos, is the day … Continue reading “El Día de los Muertos”

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Diwali Monday (24 October)

What is Diwali? Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness which is why Diwali is also known as the festival of lights. The word Diwali comes from the … Continue reading “Diwali Monday (24 October)”

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Centenary of the death of George Cadbury (18 October 2022)

George Cadbury, third son of John Cadbury, founder of Cadbury’s coca and chocolate company, was an English businessman and social reformer who, with his elder brother, Richard, took over their father’s failing enterprise (April 1861) and built it into the highly prosperous Cadbury Brothers cocoa and chocolate manufacturing firm. George was perhaps more important for his … Continue reading “Centenary of the death of George Cadbury (18 October 2022)”

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International Pronouns Day 19 October 2022

International Pronouns Day, 19 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 19 October 2022”

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BBC centenary (18 October)

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the world’s oldest national broadcaster, and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, employing over 22,000 staff in total, of whom approximately 19,000 are in public-sector broadcasting. The BBC was established under a royal charter and its BBC World Service broadcasts in 28 languages. Known colloquially as the Beeb … Continue reading “BBC centenary (18 October)”

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Yom Kippur 4-5 October

According to tradition, it is on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) that God decides each person’s fate, so Jews are encouraged to make amends and ask forgiveness for sins committed during the past year. The holiday is observed with a day-long fast, confession, intensive prayer and special religious services. The name Yom Kippur is based on … Continue reading “Yom Kippur 4-5 October”

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Simchat Torah 17-18 October 2022

Simchat Torah or Simhat Torah 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 of year … Continue reading “Simchat Torah 17-18 October 2022”

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150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 –1958) was an English composer, born in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, whose works include nine symphonies, five operas, music for film, ballet and stage, several song cycles, church music and works for chorus and orchestra, written over sixty years. Strongly influenced by Tudor music and English folk song, his output marked a decisive … Continue reading “150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams”

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