Diversity | 4 March 2016Learning About Cultures Around the World Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you flip through any calendar, you’ll find that most months are associated with one specific holiday. We associate February with the heart-shaped and rosy-hued Valentine’s Day, we look forward to celebrating spooky Halloween in October, and we often think of decorating Christmas trees and opening presents in December. It’s fun to have one big day to build up to, but can you imagine how amazing it would be if every month could be full of things to celebrate? Well, if we took some inspiration from other cultures and countries, we could celebrate a different holiday almost everyday! Let’s take a trip with our atlas and learn about holidays and cultures around world ! March 5th is Magha Puja Day, a Buddhist holiday celebrated in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand. According to legend, this day marks an event in the Buddha’s early teaching life in which the Buddha shared the three principles of Buddhism with his disciples. People celebrate this religious day by going to the temple, holding pagoda festivals (similar to carnivals, with food stalls and live entertainment), and doing good works. March 6th is Holi, a Hindu and Sikh religious festival observed in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Also known as the Festival of Colors, Holi starts the night before March 6th with a Holika Bonfire filled with singing and dancing, and continues on to the following day with a carnival of colors, in which people throw colored powder and water on friends and strangers, sing, dance, and share food. This lively holiday celebrates the end of winter, the arrival of spring, and the victory of good over evil. March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday many of you probably already celebrate. In America, we wear green, throw parades, and tell stories about leprechauns and pots o’ gold, but do you know how this holiday began? The first St. Patrick’s Day celebrations took place in Boston in 1737 as a way for the Irish immigrants to honor the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, and to commemorate the homeland from which so many of them had been separated. That’s why we celebrate the day with traditional Irish fare like corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie! Flip through the Atlas of Adventures Activity Fun Pack to learn about other celebrations, activities, and cultures around the world. In this activity book, you can search for objects from all the different countries and color them in as you find them! Excerpted from Atlas of Adventures Activity Fun Pack Atlas of Adventures Activity Pack Author: Lucy Letherland Format: Paperback / softback, 32 Pages ISBN: 9781847806888 Publisher: Wide-Eyed Editions Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.