Teaching Resources: International Holidays - part 1

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Academy Awards Ceremony

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Carnivals & Masks

February is the month of carnivals. Originally a Catholic tradition, Carnival also has European pagan roots. From Carnaval Brazil, to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, USA and the Carnevale di Venezia, people celebrate in different ways but masks are always a big part of carnivals. Why are they used and what do they represent?

Crime Scene

Crime. We know about it and hear about it all the time. It is a topic covered in newspapers, television and on the radio every day. It also makes a great topic for novels. Who doesn't like a little suspense and mystery in their lives?

George Washington's Birthday

George Washington was the first President and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His birthday is celebrated in the USA on President's Day, the third Monday of February.

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2. The most famous Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated around the world on March 8th. It is an opportunity to remember the achievements of women while calling for greater equality, as well as an occasion for men to express their love for the women in their lives.

Martin Luther King Day, Civil Rights & Freedom

On Martin Luther King Day Americans celebrate African-American history and remember the most famous leader of the American Civil Rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his message of freedom and equality.

Months, Days and Numbers

Pancake Tuesday

The beginning of Lent is marked by celebrations in many countries.

St. David's Day

The feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, falls on 1 March each year.

St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated annually on March 17th to commemorate Saint Patrick. The day also celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish people at home and abroad.

The Fight for Social Justice

Inequality is as old as humanity. However, for centuries, people all over the world have been fighting for Social Justice to achieve equality and respect for human rights at all levels of society. In 2009, the UN proclaimed February 20th as "World Day of Social Justice". Today let's learn more about the fight for social justice with our teaching resources.

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The World of Sports

Whether you practice yourself, support a team or simply watch others play, sports are probably a part of your and your students' lives in some way. Get your class talking about their favourite sports and learning new vocabulary with many resources.

Valentine's Day

Saint Valentine's Day is a lovers' holiday celebrated on February 14th in honour of St. Valentine, patron saint of all lovers.



World Flags

World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day falls on March 3d each year. It was established in 2013 by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate wildlife and remind us of the need to protect it.