Teaching Resources: International Holidays - part 2

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200 Year Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

On June 18th 1815, the French Emperor Napoleon was defeated by Coalition forces at the Battle of Waterloo in The Netherlands (now Belgium). He was sent into exile on the island of Saint Helena, where he remained for the rest of his life.

April Fool's Day

April Fool's Day is celebrated every year on April 1st. On this day people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other.

Driving Tests

On June 1st 1935 driving tests became compulsory for all new drivers in Britain.

Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated annually around the world on April 22 to raise awareness and support for environmental protection.



Easter is a Christian holiday commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Father's Day

Father's Day is celebrated during the month of June in many parts of the world. It is a day when people honor their father, as well as fatherhood and paternal bonds.

Flag Day

Flag Day is celebrated in the United States of America on June 14th. It commemorates the adoption of the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777. American citizens, businesses and organisations are encouraged to fly the flag during the entire week. Several organizations and towns hold parades and events to celebrate the flag and everything it represents.

Independece Day

Independece Day, or 4th of July, is a US holiday that celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the United States from Great Britain, which took place on on July 4th 1776. Americans celebrate with family reunions, barbecues, picnics, concerts, parades, fireworks and other outdoor activities.

International Day of Families

Families come in all shapes and sizes. On May 15th we celebrate them all with UN's International Day of Families and see just how well we can talk about our relatives in English!

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International Friendship Day

July 30th is International Friendship Day, created by the UN to emphasize the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures. Besides making us happy, studies have shown that having friends is actually good for our health, it lowers stress levels. So this summer, let's appreciate our friends and celebrate friendship!

May Day

May Day on May 1st is a celebration of Spring. In the UK, May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing, dancing around a Maypole and crowning a May Queen.

May History Events

Anniversaries of events in history in May.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is celebrated during the month of May in many parts of the world. It is a day when people honor their mother, as well as motherhood and maternal bonds. Mothers appreciate receiving cards and flowers on this day.

Music Festivals

Lots of open-air music festivals take place in Summer, includiing one of the longest running and most famous, Glastonbury in England.

Sinking of the Titanic

On April 14th 1912: in one of the worst maritime disasters ever, the largest and fastest ship built to date sinks in the Atlantic after hitting an iceberg, with the loss of 1,500 lives.
On October 1st 1985, a Franco-American expedition located the wreck of the RMS Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Summer Holidays

Summer Holidays are about having fun, traveling, going on vacations, but also about relaxing at home, having free time to try new activities and polish up your English!

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

The summer solstice is on the 21st of June and people come from all over the world to celebrate at the ancient monument at Stonehenge.

Summer Sports

Summer spectator sports events in the UK.

Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day

Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day is a day when parents in the USA, Canada and Australia take their child to work. Teachers are encouraged to incorporate career exploration into school curricula on the day before or after the event.

The Edinburgh Festival and Festival Fringe

The Edinburgh festival and Festival Fringe happen every August, people from all over the world visit to see some of the thousands of theatre, music and comedy performances, including free street performances.

The Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival takes place every year in London in August.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

It is the event of the year and your students will be very keen to get involved and celebrate with some Platinum Jubilee activities in the classroom this year.

Keep reading to find out more about the different events that will take place to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s reign; some facts about her life to share with your class; and a fantastic list of amazing Jubilee ideas and resources created for teachers and students!

Teaching resources for I and II grado

World Health Day

World Health Day is celebrated annually on April 7th under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise health awareness.


World Travel

Discovery, excitement, cultural exchange, danger, learning...
All this and more is associated with travelling. From backpacking to luxury travels, take your students on an adventure this month with our resources about World Travel!