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GLOBAL DAYS IN FEBRUARY 2018

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 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.

World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can, I can’ make a difference to the fight against cancer. 

Click here or 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.

6TH FEBRUARY - SAFER INTERNET DAY

Safer Internet Day 2018 will take place on the 6th February this year with the theme, “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better Internet starts with you”.

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

9TH FEBRUARY - START OF WINTER OLYMPICS

The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place from 9th to 25th February in PyeongChang, South Korea. 

The games will include 102 events in 7 sports with 15 disciplines, including the addition of big air snowboarding, mass start speed skating, mixed doubles curling and mixed team alpine skiing. Nearly 3,000 athletes from 92 nations will take part, including Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore for the first time.

Click here to visit our Winter Olympics pages 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.

13TH 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.

14TH FEBRUARY - ASH WEDNESDAY

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent – the time we remember the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and preparing for his ministry. Click here to find out more about Lent.

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?

16TH FEBRUARY - CHINESE NEW YEAR

Today is the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the dog. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born influences their personality. People born in the year of the dog are thought to be honest, friendly, loyal, smart, and have a strong sense of responsibility. Do you know what animal you are? To find out more, click here and visit our Chinese New Year pages.

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

This is a day observed by Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Scouts and Cubs. It is an opportunity to celebrate international friendship, learn about and take action on important issues, and fundraise in support of the World Thinking Day Fund.

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.

26TH FEBRUARY TO 11TH MARCH - FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

Fairtrade Fortnight aims to put a spotlight on trade. When trade is fair it has the potential to improve the lives of the farmers and workers who grow our food. When trade is fair, it can make the world a better place.

It's a shocking fact that millions of poor farmers who produce the food we love still don’t earn enough to feed their own families. It’s time for this injustice to end. 

Through Fairtrade, millions of poor farmers and workers are already coming together to demand a change. They are working hard to close the door on exploitation and transform their communities, supported by Fairtrade.

There are loads of ways that you can get involved: click here to visit the website and find out more.

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