Our traditional celebrations and annual events give us that feeling of something to look forward to, as we’ve missed out on so much togetherness with our families and communities this past year. Many events are happening online, and places are starting to open up as it gets warmer and we’re all able to spend more time outdoors… so don’t miss out!
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(Updated 14th April 2021)
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- Remember to visit the Love Corby, Nene Valley and Northamptonshire Britain’s Best Surprise website for seasonal events throughout the county.
- Eid al-Fitr falls on May 13th this year, and on Google Earth you can visit international mosques to discover more about this three-day Islamic festival and how it’s celebrated around the world.
- On Thursday 15th April Vaisakhi is celebrated- learn about the Sikh festival, born in South Asia and observed around the world on Google Earth.
- Raunds Festival brings live roots music to East Northamptonshire from 29th April – 1st May 2021.
- Northampton Film Festival takes place online from 12th – 19th May and features shorts and feature film screenings, a schools’ competition, networking, classes, awards & more!
- The incredible Shambala Festival at Kelmarsh Hall will go ahead from 26th – 29th August 2021.
- Greenbelt Festival have tentatively announced their plans to go ahead with the festival at Boughton House from 27th – 30th August 2021.
- Illusive Festival takes place from 3rd – 5th September 2021 at Deene Park near Corby.
- Having had to cancel their plans for 2020, the Nene Valley Festival has been rescheduled to take place from 11th-19th September 2021. Put the date in your diary for a 9-day celebration of wildlife, culture and heritage.
- Corby Pole Fair is due to take place on Friday 3rd June 2022 – invite your friends on facebook.
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- In November Diwali was celebrated widely and we published some lovely ideas for making traditional Rangoli patterns and Diya lights, along with a competition.
- Did you see our make-your-own Christmas Cracker video with Sarah Walpole?
- If you want to bring a bit of festivity to your home, try one of these fantastic tutorials to make your own wreath.
- In 2020, Hanukkah is celebrated from sundown of December 10th – 18th, and if you like dancing you might like these rousing Hannukah songs.
- If you’re missing your usual theatre trips, on 15th December KOS Musical Theatre Company are holding a KOS Virtual Christmas Show.
- The shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice, falls on Monday 21st December in 2020 and is an important date in cultures all over the world. In a ‘normal’ year in England this date, is usually celebrated at Stonehenge , however this year you can watch the sunrise live-streamed from the stones. See on Youtube how it’s been celebrated in previous years at the stones or listen to Jethro Tull’s Solstice Bells.
- If you’d like a green festive table decoration, have a go at making a Yule log out of things you can find in your garden. In pre-Christian Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul, or Yule, lasted for 12 days celebrating the rebirth of the sun, giving rise to the custom of burning a Yule log.
- Many of us have a decorated tree around this time of year, but have you ever wondered about the origins of the Christmas tree, that was also decorated during Yule?
- Jolabokaflod is a hugely popular tradition in Iceland of giving books at Christmas. On Christmas Eve, families and friends gather at home and after their main meal, they exchange books as presents. Then they spend the rest of the evening reading them. The literal translation is ‘Yule Book Flood’ and it’s a tradition that has been enjoyed by Icelanders for more than 70 years.
- Kwanzaa is celebrated from 26th December until 1st January each year. Try these Kwanzaa crafts, read some Kwanzaa poems and find out more HERE.
- 26th December is also the Feast of Stephen, which is mentioned in the carol Good King Wenceslas, beautifully performed here by the Danish National Vocal Ensemble.
- In Japan, Hatsu is a list of ‘firsts’ that are observed during the first two weeks of each New Year, including letters and poems. In 2021 it will be the Year of the Ox.
- On 6th January is the fest of the Epiphany – hear We Three Kings of Orient Are sung by Angel City Chorale.
- Chinese New Year takes place on 12th February 2021 and you can learn more about Chinese culture by joining in with these great online events taking place betweeen 11th and 26th February.
- Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so why not try some Valentines Craft with Dee at Wellingborough Library on the Northamptonshire Libraries YouTube channel.
- Sign up to a Virtual Discovery Week from 15th – 19th February with The Royal Parks and shake off the winter blues with a week of free spring-inspired virtual interactive activities that will have you and the family enjoying the fresh air.
- Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day takes place on 16th February this year – why not get creative with your food and make a pancake face!
- 16th February is Vasant Panchami, a festival that marks the preparation for the arrival of spring – learn how to make a card with paper spring flowers.
- On 17th February is Random Acts of Kindness Day -why not have a go making an Act of Kindness Envelope as part of The Wild Winter Challenge!
- 26th February is the Chinese Lantern Festival – celebrate the Year of the Ox with a story and ox lantern-making activity and fun game with Northamptonshire Libraries.
- 4th March – get involved in World Book Day and find the top 100 Stories to Share and join the brand new World Book Day Book Club.
- 8th March is International Women’s Day and whilst we’re not doing a project for it, in 2018 we got involved in a mass participation artwork, called Processions, to celebrate 100 years of women getting the vote by making a banner and processing it in London.
- Mothering Sunday takes place on 14th March – how about making a bouquet of paper flowers for your mother?
- 17th March is St Patrick’s Day, the Patron Saint of Ireland. Explore the National Museum of Ireland online.
- March is Women’s History Month – find untold stories of women at English Heritage.
- Renowned illustrator Quentin Blake has a fun and free section on his website where you can find lovely Easter e-cards to brighten someone’s day!
- Want to make some Easter crafts? Check out the facebook pages of Corby Library and Wellingborough Library for an abundance of great ideas!
- Passover takes place from 27th March until the 4th April this year – find out more about this Spring festival at The Jewish Museum.
- Easter is on 4th April this year so you might be looking for some fun activities to do over the holidays. Why not try making some edible easter chicks or jazz up a plain chocolate egg by decorating it to make it eggstra-special!
- Explore Easter celebrations around the globe, from solemn holy processions to ear-splitting fireworks on Google Earth.