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Saturday, March 26, 2011

LENT (Cuaresma)

Lent is a Christian period which last 40 days from Ash wednesday to Easter. Here you have some links to learn about:

- Reading


Monday, March 21, 2011

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is celebrated on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa. It was against the apartheid "pass laws". The day was celebrated for the first time in 1966 when the the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.Since then, the apartheid system in South Africa has been reduced. Racist laws  have been eliminated in many countries, and mos of the people fight against racism. 

The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that :

all human beings are born free and equal 
in dignity and rights”. 
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us of our collective responsibility for promoting and protecting this ideal.
  • Do you consider yourself a racist?
  • Do you have friends from other race?
  • What do you think of this celebration? is it important?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Patrick's day

How about learning something about St. Patrick?

1. Where and when was St Patrick born?
2. What happened to him when he was 16?
3. When did he become a Christian?
4. How long was he a slave?
5. Where did he study and who was his teacher?
6. What did he want to do with his life?
7. Where did he want to go?
8. Who was sent there in his place and how long did he stay there?
9. What did Patrick achieve in Ireland?
10. How long did he work in Ireland?
11. Where did he go when he retired?
12. When did he die?
13. What legends developed about St Patrick?
14. What is the traditional icon of the day and what does it symbolize?

I suggest you visit this website and share your answer with your classmates: ST. Patrick's Day.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated every year on March 8. This holiday has been introduced in the 20th century in the United States. After a while the people of United States stopped celebrating this holiday. In 1920's Soviet Union and then some other Communist countries like China, Cuba started celebrating this day as a holiday for women. Since then the holiday has been finding more and more acceptance around the world. In 1975 United Nations also started to recognize this holiday.

International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of political ideologies.

IWD is now an official holiday in Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Georgia, Italy, Israel, Laos, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where children give small presents, such as flowers, to their mothers and grandmothers. In some countries women are given 1/2 day off work. Often, schools will have a celebration where students will honor their teachers.

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