Matariki

Matariki is a distinctly New Zealand tradition. Matariki is the Māori name for the stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Celebrations begin on the day of the first new moon following the rising of the star cluster. In 2017 the Matariki star cluster rose in New Zealand skies on …

International Museum Day #imd2017

Photo: Queensland Museum May 18 is International Museum Day, an annual celebration coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Hashtags: #IMD2017 and #InternationalMuseumDay Please tag, tweet and follow your favorite museums to celebrate. Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world. In 2016, more than 35,000 museums participated in the event in some 145 …

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a special holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with limited recognition elsewhere in the country. It’s also a popular celebration in the USA. The date commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France during the French-Mexican War. Festivities in the US include drink-based …

National Fossil Day in the USA

In 2016 National Fossil Day takes place October 12 in the USA. Hashtag: #NationalFossilDay MISSION: National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. OBJECTIVES: National Fossil Day events, resources and initiatives will: …

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Las Vegas is the hub of a vast and varied network of parks and protected areas. You can #findyourpark in any direction! One of the gems is 30 miles to the north. Desert National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 1.5 million acres in southern Nevada and is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the lower 48 …