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Year-Round Festivals Series 48 – New Year – 8 Great Ideas to Welcome the New Year 2024

Year-Round Festivals Series 48 – New Year – 8 Great Ideas to Welcome the New Year 2024 1. Looking back at 2023 What challenges have you faced in the past year and how have they taught you to grow? Taking some time to look back at what happened in the past year, celebrating what was accomplished, and letting go of the sadness can give us the strength to move forward to 2024 and look forward to an even more fruitful and wonderful year ahead. 2. Outdoor Countdown  Even if it’s cold outside, getting out in the fresh air, taking a […]

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Year-round Festivals Series 46 – Christmas – 6 Christmas Symbols and what they mean

Year-round Festivals Series 46 – Christmas – 6 Christmas Symbols and what they mean Christmas Trees The evergreen tree is often used as a Christmas tree. There is a touching and popular story about the emergence of the Christmas tree, inspired by an artist’s prints: One late evening, the German Reformer Martin Luther was walking in the forest near his home. As he looked up, he saw stars twinkling in the branches of a cedar tree. Inspired, he cut down a small fir tree, erected it in his house, and placed a lit candle between the branches. His little creation

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Year-round Festivals Series 44 – Advent and the start of the Christmas markets! 

Year-round Festivals Series 44 – Advent and the start of the Christmas markets!  As December approaches, the Christmas atmosphere in the city starts to grow more intense. Many people choose to travel to Europe to experience the snowy winter weather and a very different Christmas atmosphere from Asia! Have you ever visited a Christmas market in a European town? Christmas markets are held in European towns and cities from 1 December until Christmas Eve. Christmas is a time for family reunion in Europe, just like the Chinese Winter Feast or the Chinese New Year. The Christmas market that ends on

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Year-round Festivals Series 43 – St Nicholas’ Day – Is there really a Santa Claus?

Year-round Festivals Series 43 – St Nicholas’ Day – Is there really a Santa Claus? Does Santa Claus, a popular character, really exist? Santa Claus is inspired by a real person. The answer could be found in the English name of Santa Claus. The Dutch word Sinterklaas is the origin of Santa Claus. 6 December is the anniversary of the death of St. Nicholas and is also celebrated as a holy day, which is a popular commemoration in Europe and the United States. Born in Patara, Turkey in 280 A.D., Nicholas was known for his generosity. In a Christian story,

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Year-Round Festival Series 42 – Thanksgiving – To be 100 times more successful, you need to be 100 times more thankful!

Year-Round Festival Series 42 – Thanksgiving – To be 100 times more successful, you need to be 100 times more thankful! Turkey, mashed potatoes, pies, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and football games… These are the hallmarks of Thanksgiving for most American families. On Thanksgiving Day, American families prepare a hearty meal for their loved ones to share. On the fourth Thursday of November every year, Thanksgiving is a time for family reunion in the United States. The four-day Thanksgiving holiday in the United States is a time to celebrate and give thanks for God’s abundant blessings throughout the year. Thanksgiving

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Year-round Festival Series 41 – National Novel Writing Month – Find Your Gift!

Year-round Festival Series 41 – National Novel Writing Month – Find Your Gift! Based in the United States, National Novel Writing Month is a fairly large-scale global writing event that began in 1999 when freelance writer Chris Baty launched a creative writing event in San Francisco Bay in July of that year. Twenty-one participants entered the event. The event was moved to November, and to make the most of this “miserable” month, the writer invited a friend to design an official website welcoming challengers from all over the world to take part in the competition: a 50,000-word English novel challenge

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Year-round Festival Series 39 – Halloween – Don’t let it get too scary!

  Year-round Festival Series 39 – Halloween – Don’t let it get too scary! The last Sunday of October is the end of Daylight Saving Time in Western Europe. Halloween is celebrated in many countries during the change of autumn and winter. How to celebrate Halloween with children is something for adults to think about. Educational Halloween children’s books can not only satisfy children’s excitement for exciting things, but also cultivate children’s reading habit through storybooks. Wonderful stories can make children develop the habit of reading without them realising it. It is a challenge to choose thrilling Halloween storybooks that

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Year-round Festivals Series 38 – Halloween – Is it right to make trouble?

Year-round Festivals Series 38 – Halloween – Is it right to make trouble? Halloween is celebrated on 31st October every year. The festival is popular in western countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Nowadays, this festival has evolved into a folk custom. The Celtic peoples of Britain believed that the souls of the dead would return to their former dwellings on the night of 31st October, so they would put on masks and walk around their villages in order to frighten away these souls. They do this out of fear, hoping that they will

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Year-round Festival Series 37 – Sweetest Day – He Unintentionally Saved Someone’s Life

Year-round Festival Series 37 – Sweetest Day – He Unintentionally Saved Someone’s Life On the third Saturday of October every year, Sweetest Day is celebrated. On this day, people share romance with each other and show kindness to strangers. The festival began in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. In 1921, the first Sweetest Day was organised by a committee of twelve candymakers, led by candy maker C. C. Hartzell, which donated 20,000 boxes of candies to children, orphans, the elderly and the poor. Although Sweetest Day is not a global holiday, it is predominantly celebrated in the Midwest, Northeastern U.S., Arizona and

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Year-round Festival Series 34 – World Travel Day – To the ends of the earth

Year-round Festival Series 34 – World Travel Day – To the ends of the earth The Icelandic aurora borealis, the evening sunsets on London Bridge in the UK, the friendliness of the inhabitants of Taiwan’s small islands, the glowing sunset over the Grand Canyon in the US, the turquoise of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the craggy cliffs of the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, the autumnal forests of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, the simplicity and magnificence of Egypt’s pyramids, the glittering lights of the city of Venice, and the glamour and splendour of Paris… the world’s beautiful landscapes are

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