Happy Victoria Day!

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Victoria Day is on the Monday before May 25 to honor Queen Victoria’s birthday. Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819. It was during her lifetime that the British Empire expanded greatly. Celebrations are held in some cities such as in Victoria, British Columbia where a parade is held. Nowadays, people may be less aware of the historical meaning …

Mother’s Day

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On the second Sunday of May every year, Canadians celebrate Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is a day to show appreciation for mothers or mother figures. Mother figures can include grandmothers, mothers-in-law, foster mothers, or other people who have a motherly role. Because Mother’s Day is on a Sunday, many people do not have work, which gives them time to do …

October Cultural Fun Facts

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2014 will fall on October 23.

Also known as the “festival of lights”, is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year.

The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. On the same night that Hindus celebrate Diwali, Jains celebrate a festival of lights to mark the attainment of moksha by Mahavira, and Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas.

Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.

September Cultural Fun Facts

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Did you know about these September festivals?


Navratri (September 25 – October 3, 2014) is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navratri means the ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit/ The nine nights are dedicated to the three main goddesses of Hinduism. Navratri is separated into sets of three days.

First three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga, the Goddess of power and energy.
Next three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
The final three days belong to Goddess Saraswati who is worshipped to acquire spiritual knowledge.

Navratri is an important major festival and is celebrated with great zeal all over India.

Cultural Fun Facts

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Norooz (Persian New Year)
Celebrated in March, it always begins on the first day of spring. Noroozhas been celebrated for at least 3,000 years. In Iran, Noroozis an official holiday lasting for 13 days during which most national functions including schools are off and festivities take place.

Red Eggs
In China eggs represent fertility. A charming …