Why Today Is Important: 24th June

This is a special day for my readers in Peru, and for anyone who has Incan ancestry! For today, is Inti Raymi! Inti was the ancient god of the sun, worshipped during the Inca Empire, and today was famously his day to feast with the goddess of the earth, Pachamama. Now, traditionally it was heldContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 24th June”

Why Today is Important: 11th May

The 11th May marks the beginning of Lag BaOmer, a Jewish festival that historically marks a brief reprieve in the Omer, a period of mourning in Judaism. According to tradition, a long time ago a plague killed thousands of students of the Rabbi Akiva, a significant figure in Judaism. The plague ended on Lag BaOmer,Continue reading “Why Today is Important: 11th May”

Matariki

One of the more beautiful New Year celebrations I’ve been fortunate enough to research, Matariki is both the name of the Maori New Year festival, and the star system seen above, known as Pleiades, or The Seven Sisters. When translated, Matariki means: the eyes of God. The story goes that the paternal sky god, Ranginui,Continue reading “Matariki”

Why Today Is Important: 4th May

May the Fourth be with you, folks! This day is special for the Star Wars fans out there, thanks to the pun in the date. It’s a day for fandom indulgence, meet ups with friends and taking the time to really enjoy something you love. The first official celebration of the day was in 2011,Continue reading “Why Today Is Important: 4th May”

Why Today Is Important: 1st May

Today is May Day! And before the term was commonly associated with danger, anyone who heard “May Day” would think of people in bright clothes dancing around a pole with countless ribbons. They’d think of springtime, a new year, and a resounded end to the frost and death of winter. Since Ancient Rome, May DayContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 1st May”

Why Today Is Important: 20th March

It’s Iranian New Year folks! Or Persian New Year, or Nowruz, depending on who you ask. Where I am, we talk about the Western New Year, or Chinese New Year, but we rarely talk about others, which is a shame because Nowruz is really intriguing. Its origins lie in Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest religionsContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 20th March”

Why Today Is Important: 12th March

Have you ever heard of World Kidney Day? Honestly, I hadn’t had a clue it existed until I started my research. This is why I set up this blog, I love finding new things like this! So, why do we have a day all about kidneys? It seems pretty random, given what we could beContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 12th March”

Why Today Is Important: 1st March

Saint David (approx. 520AD), the patron saint of Wales, was a man of mystery and legend. Today, the 1st March, is the day the Welsh dedicated to this holy man, a home grown hero and icon to many. Some rumoured that he was the nephew of King Arthur, and the overall consensus is that heContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 1st March”

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