Matariki

Poster Matariki is a distinctly New Zealand (Aotearoa) celebration. 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 2019 the Matariki star cluster will rise in New …

Cinco de Mayo

Favorite Hashtags Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a special holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with lesser 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 …

International Literacy Day 2018

Poster September 8 is International Literacy Day. Hashtag: #LiteracyDay International Literacy Day is celebrated annually worldwide and brings together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field. Key Links https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/literacyday Concept note (PDF) Translating: International Literacy Day Spanish: Día Internacional de la Alfabetización Chinanteco de San Felipe …

Bon Festival

Photo: Peter Thoeny, Festival Peter writes: “Bon Odori (盆踊り) is a popular dance in Japan to celebrate the spirits of the ancestors. Last weekend we went to the San Jose Japantown to attend the Obon Matsuri (festival). A street was blocked off, and a large group was dancing in an elongated circle in the street. …

2017 International Museum Day

Photo: Clark County 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 …

National Fossil Day 2016

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

Saturday, May 14, the refuge celebrates its 80th anniversary, having first opened May 20, 1936. The much newer visitors’ center hosts the celebration from 9am-1pm. There will be a bird hike, guided walks, cake and more. Free for everyone. Our questions – what is the status of the refuge and how land may or may not …