15 марта 2017
With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to check out some of the fascinating lore and tradition that surrounds this holiday celebrated on March 17th every year.
The History of Saint Patrick's Day
With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to check out some of the fascinating lore and tradition that surrounds this holiday celebrated on March 17th every year. Not only is Saint Patrick’s Day the national holiday of Ireland, but it is also widely celebrated in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. Yet many people don’t know the truth about Saint Patrick, including the fact that he wasn’t even born in Ireland!
Who Was Saint Patrick?
St. Patrick was born in Britain around 400 A.D. (or Scotland; accounts vary) to wealthy parents who were Christians. A group of Irish raiders attacked his father’s estate and kidnapped Patrick when he was 16. They took him to Ireland, which at that time was a land of paganism and druidism. Patrick spent six years as a slave, working as a shepherd, very much isolated from other people. During this time he not only became fluid in Gaelic, the Irish language, but he turned to religion for solace and became a devout Christian.
According to Patrick’s writings, after six years he heard a voice telling him it was time to escape, so he traveled south for 200 miles until he reached the Irish coast where he boarded a ship to Britain. He studied under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre in France, to help combat paganism, and was ordained a priest and given the name “Patercius” or “Patritius” from the Latin, meaning father of his people. St. Patrick traveled back to Ireland to teach Christianity to the Irish. St. Patrick died on March 17, 460 A.D.
What do Shamrocks have to do with St. Patrick’s Day?
In order to make the people understand the doctrine of the Trinity—that there are three beings who make up one divine God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—St. Patrick drew an analogy by picking a shamrock and showing that its three leaves were on only one stem. The shamrock was already a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of Spring. Shamrocks, of course, are green, hence the stipulation that one must wear green on St. Patrick’s Day!
How We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, has been celebrated by the Irish since the 17th century. Interestingly, Irish soldiers serving in the English military held the first St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17, 1762 in New York. In 1848, a group of New York Irish aid societies united their parades to form one New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the world’s oldest civilian parade and the largest in the county, with more than 150,000 participants featuring Irish music, dance, and more. Other cities including San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, Vancouver, and Sydney, also hold annual St. Patrick’s Day parades.
Irish music is also very much a part of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture, as the Celts had an oral culture, where religion and history were passed from one generation to another in the form of songs and stories.Свернуть
Краснознаменск 05 марта 2017
Happy Women’s Day! This means more than flowers and gifts. It means saying thank you for everything. Happy Women’s Day!
This week we are celebrating the International Women's Day!
International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality.
It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognized each year on March 8. It is not affiliated with any one group, but brings together governments, women's organizations, corporations and charities.
The day is marked around the world with arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches.
Last year, there was a Google Doodle marking the celebration featuring women and girls across the world who complete the sentence ‘One day I will’, talking about their dreams and ambitions.
What's happening today in London?
The Care International March for Women is taking place on Sunday March 5, and will be led by Annie Lennox, Helen Pankhurst, Sadiq Khan and Bianca Jagger.
It begins at 12pm outside City Hall with a rally, ending with music by Melanie C, VV Brown, Kate Nash, Natasha Bedingfield, Laura Mvula, Billy Bragg and Beth Orton. After the rally, crowds will march across iconic Tower Bridge.
How did it start?
The roots of this holiday can be traced to 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours.
A year later, the first National Woman’s Day was observed in the US on February 28, in accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America.
In 1910, a woman called Clara Zetkin – leader of the ‘women’s office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany – tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She suggested that every country should celebrate women on one day every year to push for their demands.
A conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries agreed to her suggestion and IWD was formed. In 1911, it was celebrated for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19.
In 1913, it was decided to transfer IWD to March 8, and it has been celebrated on that day ever since. The day was only recognized by the United Nations in 1975, but ever since it has created a theme each year for the celebration.
How is IWD celebrated across the world?
Countries celebrate it in different ways. It is an official holiday in a number of places including: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
Other countries celebrate it in a similar way to Mother’s Day with men presenting their wives, girlfriends, mothers and female friends with flowers and gifts.
So we’d like to congratulate all of our female students and their mothers! Happy Women’s Day! This means more than flowers and gifts. It means saying thank you for everything. Happy Women’s Day!Свернуть
12 февраля 2017
This week we are celebratingSaint Valentine’s Day!
This week we are celebratingSaint Valentine’s Day!
Here is some information and interesting facts about this holiday.
Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a holiday celebrated on February 14 each year in many countries around the world. It is not a public holiday in most countries and over history it evolved into a holiday in which people express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). See the fact file below for more information on Valentine’s Day.
- Although no one knows for sure the exact origin of Valentine’s Day it is believe that it started in the Roman Empire around 270AD under the ruling of Claudius II.
- During time of war Claudius did not want men to get married because he believed it made them weak.
- It is said that Bishop Valentine would perform secret wedding ceremonies so men could marry their sweethearts.
- Bishop Valentine got in big trouble for performing marriage ceremonies and was sent to jail.
- While in jail Bishop Valentine wrote a love letter to the jailer’s daughter and signed from you Valentine.
- Bishop Valentine was put to death for his crime on February 14th.
- Why is the color red the symbol of Valentine’s Day? Red is the color of blood. It was once believed that the heart (the body’s organ that pumps the blood) is that part of the body that the feeling of love came from.
- King Henry VII of England declared St. Valentine’s Day a holiday in 1537.
- During Medieval Times girls would eat unusual foods on Valentine’s Day. It was believed that it made them have dreams about their future husband.
- During the Middle Ages men and women would pick names out af a bowl and the person’s name they drew would be considered their Valentine. They would wear that person’s name on their sleeve for a week. This is where the saying wear your heart on your sleeve comes from.
- The oldest known Valentine’s Day card is on display at the British Museum in London. It’s dates back to the 1400’s.
- The first box of chocolates for made for Valentine’s Day was made by Richard Cadbury in the 1800’s. This helped start the tradition of giving chocolate for Valentine’s Day.
- Valentine’s Day is celebrated in America, Italy, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, France, Australia and Denmark.
- In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet it is said that they lived in Verona Italy. Every year thousands of Valentine’s Day cards at sent to Verona addressed to Juliet.
- It is believed that the tradition of giving red roses for Valentine’s Day has to with the Greek Mythology Goddess Aphrodite. Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty and pleasure. In Roman Mythology Venus is the goddess of love.
- Who is Cupid and what does he have to do with Valentine’s Day? Cupid is the Roman god of desire, erotic love and affection. In Latin (ancient language) Cupid means Amor. Amor in English means love.
- Did you know that Groundhog’s Day was originally held on February 14th?
- That’s all about it for the year. We congratulate all our students on this most romantic holiday and wish the love to be in every moment of our lives.
Happy Saint Valentine’s Day!Свернуть
08 февраля 2017
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24 января 2017
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!!!
This week we are celebrating Chinese New Year!
Chinese New Year is a traditional and very important Chinese holiday. It was originally a festival to honor ancestors as well as holy or sacred beings. It is also known as the Spring Festival, which is the literal translation from the Chinese name. It is also referred to as the Lunar New Year because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar. A lunisolar calendar uses both the moon phase and the solar year. Chinese New Year is the longest festival in the Chinese calendar.
Chinese New Year 2017 — a Rooster Year
2017 is a year of the Rooster according to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle. Other Rooster years include: …1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017… If you were born then you’re a Rooster. Each Chinese zodiac year begins on Chinese New Year's Day.
Unfortunately Rooster years are believed to be the most unlucky for people born in a year of the Rooster.
In 2017, China's Spring Festival public holiday is from January 27 to February 2.
Interesting Chinese New Year Facts:
- Traditionally Chinese New Year lasted from the last day of the Chinese calendar to the 15th day of the first month.
- It is a major Chinese holiday. In countries and territories that have high populations of Chinese, Chinese New Year is also celebrated. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines are only a few.
- Chinatowns in other cities also celebrate Chinese New Year.
- The exact date of Chinese New Year changes each year because it originated in 2600 B.C. At that time people followed the lunar calendar.
- The Chinese New Year is symbolic of letting go of the past and welcoming new beginnings. It's a popular time for spring cleaning.
- Each year of the Chinese New Year calendar is named after an animal. This is a 12 year cycle. Once the 12 year cycle is over the animal list begins again. The list in order is: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
- As the longest festival in the Chinese calendar, Chinese New Year can last as many as 15 days. Children take an entire month off of school.
- It's common for Chinese families to have a reunion dinner the night before Chinese New Year festivities begin.
- The decorations used on doors and windows are red colored paper-cuts (made similar to the way we make snowflakes). The themes of these paper-cuts are of happiness, good fortune, longevity and wealth.
- Firecrackers are popular during the Chinese New Year. They are thought to scare off evil spirits.
- Children receive red envelopes full of money instead of wrapped gifts that other nationalities give at Christmas. The amount they receive is usually an even number. The amount cannot be divisible by four. In Chinese, the number 4 means death.
- Dragon dances and street fairs are very popular. Dancers dress up as lions and dragons and perform for onlookers.
- One of the traditional treats is a candied crab-apple on a stick.
- Since the 1980s China Central TV broadcasts the celebration. This is an evening-long variety style show and it is watched by the entire country.
- On the last day of Chinese New Year, everyone carries beautiful paper lanterns and walks along the streets. This is supposed to light the way for the New Year. This day is called Lantern Day.
- In Singapore and Malaysia, Lantern Day is their form of Valentine's Day.
- On Chinese New Year everyone is a year older. It doesn't matter when you were born; this is like a national birthday.
- Another name for Chinese New Year is: The First Day of the Great Year.
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!!!Свернуть
Краснознаменск 23 января 2017
Дорогие друзья, приглашаем Вас присоединиться к группам по Китайской Каллиграфии и вместе исследовать таинственные глубины одного из самых древних искусств в мире, которому на сегодняшний момент около четырёх тысячелетий.
Дорогие друзья, приглашаем Вас присоединиться к группам по Китайской Каллиграфии и вместе исследовать таинственные глубины одного из самых древних искусств в мире, которому на сегодняшний момент около четырёх тысячелетий.Свернуть
Каждый может научиться каллиграфии. Даже если вы думаете, что ваш почерк отвратителен, найдется тот человек, который захочет, чтобы именно вы подписали открытку перьевой ручкой. Особенно людям нравится современная каллиграфия, потому что она откровенно игнорирует традиционные правила и подчеркивает индивидуальность.
Что же мы делаем на наших уроках китайской каллиграфии? Мы разбираем что такое иероглиф, учим основные черты и ключи, как написание, так и значение с произношением. Более того, рассматриваем и пробуем себя в различных каллиграфических стилях. Развивается мелкая моторика, зрительная память. Работа кистями успокаивает нервную систему ребёнка и снимает стресс после напряженной школьной недели.
15 января 2017
World Day of the Snowman is celebrated on January 18, 2017
This week we are celebrating World Day of the Snowman!
World Day of the Snowman is celebrated on January 18, 2017. The date goes back to the form of the Snowman: "8" symbolizes the snowman and the "1" stands for his stick or broom. Moreover, January is usually cold enough to build snowmen and is therefore a perfect chance to celebrate the snowman. World Day of the Snowman was first held in 2011.
A snowman is an anthropomorphic snow sculpture. In some cases, participants in winter festivals will build large numbers of snowmen. In North America, typical snowmen consist of three large snowballs with some additional accoutrements for facial and other features. Common accessories include branches for arms and a rudimentary smiley face; a carrot can stand in for a nose. Human clothing, such as a hat or scarf, may even be included.
Low-cost and availability are the common issues, since snowmen are usually in a cold and/or wet environment, and abandoned to the elements once completed. Melting is a common end-of-life scenario for most snowmen. Snowmen are a popular theme for Christmas and winter decorations and also in children's media.
So have fun with your family and friends and celebrate this loveable character, even if you are not living in a cold place.Свернуть
Краснознаменск 05 декабря 2016
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24 ноября 2016
This week we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day!
This week we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day!
Thanksgiving Day in the United States is a holiday on the fourth Thursday of November. It precedes Black Friday.
Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday in the United States.
What Do People Do?
Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal. The meal often includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie, and vegetables. Thanksgiving Day is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have.
Thanksgiving Day parades are held in some cities and towns on or around Thanksgiving Day. Some parades or festivities also mark the opening of the Christmas shopping season. Some people have a four-day weekend so it is a popular time for trips and to visit family and friends.
Most government offices, businesses, schools and other organizations are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Many offices and businesses allow staff to have a four-day weekend so these offices and businesses are also closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables.
Thanksgiving Day it is one of the busiest periods for travel in the USA. This can cause congestion and overcrowding. Seasonal parades and busy football games can cause disruption to local traffic.
Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863. Not everyone sees Thanksgiving Day as a cause for celebration. Each year since 1970, a group of Native Americans and their supporters have staged a protest for a National Day of Mourning at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. American Indian Heritage Day is also observed at this time of the year.
There are claims that the first Thanksgiving Day was held in the city of El Paso, Texas in 1598. Another early event was held in 1619 in the Virginia Colony. Many people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. However, their first true thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. These early thanksgivings took the form of a special church service, rather than a feast.
In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become annual events. However, it was celebrated on different days in different communities and in some places there were more than one thanksgiving each year. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789.
07 ноября 2016
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