SEASONAL & FESTIVE

(Updated 28th September 2021)

Seasonal festivities both traditional and new!

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  1. Take part in a range of information and interactive sessions covering cricket, history and culture led by Wellingborough African Caribbean Association and Steve Stephenson MBE to mark Black History Month this October .
  2. On 4th November 2021 celebrate Diwali by making traditional Rangoli patterns and Diya lights.
  3. In 2021, Hanukkah is celebrated from sundown of November 28th – December 6th, and if you like dancing you might like these rousing Hannukah songs.
  4. The shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice, falls on Tuesday 21st December in 2021 and is an important date in cultures all over the world. In England people celebrate at Stonehenge.
  5. 21st December 2021 is also the start of the Feast of Juul, or Yule, lasting for 12 days celebrating the rebirth of the sun, giving rise to the custom of burning a Yule log – have a go at making a Yule log out of things you can find in your garden.
  6. Many of us decorate a tree during December, but have you ever wondered about the origins of the Christmas tree, that was also decorated during Yule?
  7. 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.
  8. 25th December is Christmas Day – bring a bit of festivity to your home by making your own wreath or christmas cracker.
  9. Kwanzaa is celebrated from 26th December until 1st January each year. Try these Kwanzaa crafts, read some Kwanzaa poems and find out more HERE.
  10. 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.
  11. 6th January is the feast of the Epiphany – hear We Three Kings of Orient Are sung by Angel City Chorale.
  12. On February 1st 2022 it will be the Year of the Tiger. In Japan, Hatsu is a list of ‘firsts’ that are observed during the first two weeks of each New Year, including letters and poems.
  13. Tuesday 1st February 2022 also marks the first day of Chinese New Year – learn more about New Year events in Leicester.
  14. 5th February 2022 is Vasant Panchami, a festival that marks the preparation for the arrival of spring – learn how to make a card with paper spring flowers.
  15. 14th February is Valentine’s Day – check out seasonal crafts on the Northamptonshire Libraries YouTube channel.
  16. Tuesday 15th February 2022 is the Chinese Lantern Festival – learn how to make a paper lantern to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.
  17. 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!
  18. Tuesday 1st March 2022 is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day – why not get creative with your food and make a pancake face!
  19. March is Women’s History Month – find untold stories of women at English Heritage.
  20. 3th March 2022 is World Book Day and find the top 100 Stories to Share and join the brand new World Book Day Book Club.
  21. 8th March is International Women’s Day – 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.
  22. 17th March is St Patrick’s Day, the Patron Saint of Ireland. Explore the National Museum of Ireland online.
  23. Mothering Sunday takes place on 27th March 2022 – learn how to make a bouquet of paper flowers.
  24. On Thursday 14th April 2022 Vaisakhi is celebrated- learn about the Sikh festival, born in South Asia and observed around the world on Google Earth.
  25. Passover takes place from 15th to 23rd April 2022 – find out more about this Spring festival at The Jewish Museum.
  26. Easter is on Sunday 17th April in 2022, so you might be looking for some fun activities to do over the holidays. Why not try making some edible easter chicks or check out the facebook pages of Corby Library and Wellingborough Library for seasonal ideas!
  27. Explore Easter celebrations around the globe, from solemn holy processions to ear-splitting fireworks on Google Earth.
  28. Eid al-Fitr falls on May 3rd in 2022, 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.
  29. Windrush Day happens on 22nd June each year to celebrate the contribution of people from the Caribbean to the UK – find out more about this day at www.windrushday.org.uk
  30. From July to August South Asian Heritage Month celebrates and raises the profile of British South Asian history, arts, culture & heritage. 

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