Special Dates in January 2017

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5th January - Twelfth Night

Today all the Christmas decorations are taken down on Twelfth Night. In the past there were parties, and traditionally it was a day to play tricks on your friends.

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18th January – Winne-the-Pooh Day

Celebrated on the birthday of AA Milne who wrote the wonderful Winnie-the-Pooh stories. The day is marked with picnics, stories and plenty of honey.

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19th January – Martin Luther King Day

A day marking the life of the celebrated civil rights campaigner, Dr Martin Luther King. His speech, ‘I have a dream’, described his vision of racial equality and inspired millions of Americans.

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23rd January – National Handwriting Day

Help to save the disappearing art of handwriting by putting pen to paper on this day. Handwriting is unique to each person and elegant (or legible) handwriting takes practice!

Find out more: www.aahahandwriting.com


25th January – Burns Night

This is a celebration of the life and poetry of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. A piper generally greets the arriving guests, and plays again when the haggis is brought in to supper.

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26th January – Australia Day

The official national day of Australia, commemorating the day in 1788 when the First Fleet of British Ships arrived at Port Jackson in New South Wales. It is normally celebrated by the presentation of Australian of the Year Awards, as well as other ceremonies and parties. It is an official public holiday.

Find out more: www.australiaday.org.au


28th January - Chinese New Year

Celebrated in China and around the world for sixteen days, also known as the Spring Festival. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21st January and 20th February.