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GLOBAL DAYS IN FEBRUARY 2016

2ND FEBRUARY - CANDLEMAS

Candlemas is celebrated 40 days after Christmas. Click here to find out why. In France Candlemas is called La Chandeleur and people eat their pancakes or crêpes today.

4TH FEBRUARY - WORLD CANCER DAY

With the theme ‘We Can, I Can’, World Cancer Day 2016-18 will explore how everyone - as a colletive or individuals - can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Click here if you would like to find out more.

6TH FEBRUARY - WAITANGI DAY

In New Zealand, children are just going back to school after their long summer holiday! Waitangi Day is a public holiday held each year to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document, on this date in 1840.

7TH FEBRUARY - SAFER INTERNET DAY

Safer Internet Day 2017 will take place on the 7th February with the theme, Be the change: unite for a better internet.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Click here to find out more.

12TH FEBRUARY - RED HAND DAY

This is an annual commemoration drawing attention to the plight of children forced to serve as soldiers in wars and armed conflicts. The Red Hand symbol has been used all over the world by many organisations to say NO to child recruitment and the use of child soldiers.

14TH FEBRUARY - SAINT VALENTINE'S DAY

St. Valentine was a Christian who lived in Roman times. He tried to encourage people to love each other and to love God. He was executed by Claudius II on 14th February. People around the world commemorate this day by sending cards or gifts to those they love. What will you do for someone you care about today?

15TH FEBRUARY - INTERNATIONAL CHILDHOOD CANCER DAY

International Childhood Cancer Day is a global campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer, and to express support for children and young people with cancer, and their families. The day promotes increased appreciation and deeper understanding of issues and challenges faced by cancer sufferers and survivors. It also highlights the need for better access to treatment and care for all children with cancer, everywhere.

International Childhood Cancer Day is based on Childhood Cancer International’s (CCI) core belief that every child with cancer deserves the best possible medical care, regardless of country of origin, race, financial status or  social class. It is also anchored on the premise that childhood cancer deaths are avoidable, with timely and accurate diagnosis, and access to proper treatment.

20TH FEBRUARY - WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

The World Day of Social Justice aims to promote poverty eradication and social integration. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

21ST FEBRUARY - INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY

The aim of the day is to promote linguistic and cultural diversity. People are encouraged to maintain their knowledge of their mother language while learning and using more than one language. Governments may use the day to announce policies to encourage language learning and support.

February 21st was chosen as it was the date on which students and teachers were shot at Dhaka University in Bangladesh, because they campaigned to be allowed to use their mother language, Bangali. The day is now a public holiday in Bangladesh, and people lay wreaths in their memory.

22ND FEBRUARY - WORLD THINKING DAY

Celebrated since 1926, World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship, speaking out on issues that affect girls and young women, and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.

We normally encourage children who belong to these organisations to wear their uniform to school today. Click here to find out more about the day and download an activity pack.

27TH FEBRUARY TO 12TH MARCH - FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

Fairtrade Fortnight is a fun-filled highlight of the year, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries.

The food on our tables, the tea and coffee in our mugs, all from farmers who toil, sweat and slog. However hard they work to provide the things we depend on, millions of farmers in developing countries aren’t paid what they deserve.

Click here to find out more.

28TH FEBRUARY - SHROVE TUESDAY

Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as it has come to be known, is the day before Lent begins. The reason pancakes are associated with this day is that Lent was traditionally a period of fasting; rich ingredients such as eggs, sugar and cream had to be used up before Lent began, and pancakes were a good way to do that. Click here to find out more and find a pancake recipe.