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GLOBAL DAYS IN NOVEMBER 2016

NOVEMBER 1ST - WORLD VEGAN DAY

Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.

People choose to be vegan for health, environmental, and/or ethical reasons. Many vegans choose this lifestyle to promote a more humane and caring world.

NOVEMBER 1ST - ALL SAINTS' DAY

All Saints' Day (also known as All Hallows' Day or Hallowmas) is a feast day celebrated by Christians. It is an opportunity for believers to remember all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, throughout Christian history.

The following day is All Souls' Day and is a day for Christians to remember and pray for the souls of friends, family and members of their community who have died.

NOVEMBER 5TH - GUY FAWKES NIGHT

Remember, remember, the 5th of November. Do you know what happened on 5th November 1605? What do we do to commemorate the event? Do you know how to stay safe? Click here to find out more.

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NOVEMBER 11TH - ARMISTICE DAY

Also known as Poppy Day or Remembrance Day, this commemorates the sacrifices that people have made in times of war, particularly members of our armed forces. A two-minute silence is observed to mark the end of World War I - at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. There are also special services on Remembrance Sunday (this year on 13th November).

What do we do to remember? Why are poppies significant? Click here to find out more.

NOVEMBER 13TH - REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Remembrance Sunday is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. It takes place on the closest Sunday to Armistice Day.

A Service of Remembrance takes place at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, and a wreath is laid by The Queen, the Prime Minister, and other important people.

NOVEMBER 14TH - WORLD DIABETES DAY

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 in response to growing concerns about the rising number of people with diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007. The aim is to raise awareness of the condition and its effect on people's health. The theme from 2014 to 2016 is healthy living and diabetes. This year, there’s a focus on starting each day right by having a healthy breakfast. Click here to find out more.

NOVEMBER 14TH TO 18TH - ANTIBULLYING WEEK

The theme this year is Power for Good with the following key aims:

To support children and young people to use their Power for Good – by understanding the ways in which they are powerful  and encouraging individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible.

To help parents and carers to use their Power for Good – through supporting children with issues relating to bullying and working together with schools to stop bullying.

To encourage all teachers, school support staff and youth workers to use their Power for Good – by valuing the difference they can make in a child’s life, and taking individual and collective action to prevent bullying and create safe environments where children can thrive.

Click here to find out more.

NOVEMBER 18TH - CHILDREN IN NEED

Children in Need supports thousands of projects, working 365 days a year, all over the United Kingdom. Get involved to help make a difference to children and young people on your doorstep.

Click here to visit the website, see what your favourite celebrities are doing to raise money and find loads of ideas. What can you do to help?

Just to let you know that the School Council have decided not to support Children in Need this year (we will in 2017). This is so we can arrange a fundraising event in November in aid of the Conquest Hospital and help local residents.

NOVEMBER 18TH - TAKEOVER DAY

The day gives children and young people the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making. Children benefit from the opportunity to experience the world of work and make their voices heard, while adults and organisations gain a fresh perspective on what they do. The aim is to break down barriers between generations and encourage children's active involvement in their communities.

NOVEMBER 19TH - WORLD TOILET DAY

World Toilet Day is a day to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis – a topic often neglected and shrouded in taboos. Today, 2.4 billion people are struggling to stay well, keep their children alive and work their way to a better future – all for the want of a toilet.

This year’s theme focuses on how sanitation, or the lack of it, can impact on livelihoods. Toilets play a crucial role in creating a strong economy, as well as improving health and protecting people’s safety and dignity, particularly women and girls.

NOVEMBER 21ST TO 27TH - ROAD SAFETY WEEK

Five people are killed every single day by something we already know how to cure. Our roads are dangerous places, where hundreds of deaths and serious injuries take place every week.

But by changing our driving behaviour, we can help to make our villages, towns and cities safer places to be. Every action that we take, as a driver or as a passenger, can change the outcome of a journey and the future of a family.

That's why Brake have chosen to focus on the six elements of the Brake Pledge for Road Safety Week 2016: Slow, Sober, Secure, Silent, Sharp and Sustainable. Everyone is asked to make and share Brake's Pledge online, and show their commitment to saving lives and keeping our roads safe.

 Click here to find out more.

NOVEMBER 20TH - STIR UP SUNDAY

This is a traditional day for the making Christmas puddings. It is said to have come from the Collect (from the Book of Common Prayer 1549) for the Sunday before Advent: “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded…”

Perhaps it was never intended literally, but the collect may have reminded people that Christmas was coming, and it was time to get on with the Christmas cakes and puddings so they could mature before the big day. Another tradition is for everyone to take a turn at stirring the mixture and to make a wish for the year ahead.

NOVEMBER 21ST - WORLD HELLO DAY

Anyone can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting ten people. People around the world use World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. A simple greeting sends a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.

If you wanted to say hello to everyone on the planet, you would have to learn around 2,800 languages and greet at least 7,00,000,000 people.

NOVEMBER 24TH - THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year

Thanksgiving Day is the fourth Thursday in November, but many Americans take the next day to make a four-day weekend, during which they may travel long distances to visit family and friends.

The holiday dates back to 1621, the year after the Puritans arrived in Massachusetts, determined to practice their dissenting religion without interference. After a rough winter, in which about half of them died, they turned for help to neighbouring Indians, who taught them how to plant corn and other crops. The next fall's bountiful harvest inspired the Pilgrims to give thanks by holding a feast.

The Thanksgiving feast became a national tradition - not only because so many other Americans have found prosperity but also because the Pilgrims' sacrifices for their freedom still captivate the imagination.

To this day, the Thanksgiving dinner almost always includes some of the foods served at the first feast: roast turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Before the meal begins, families or friends usually pause to give thanks for their blessings, including the joy of being united for the occasion.

NOVEMBER 26TH TO DECEMBER 4TH - NATIONAL TREE WEEK

National Tree Week is the UK's largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree-planting season. It is a great chance for communities to do something positive for their local treescape. Each year, Tree Council member organisations set up great events, inspiring upward of a quarter of a million people to get their hands dirty and together plant around million trees.

NOVEMBER 27TH - ADVENT BEGINS

The season of Advent, the time of preparation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas, starts today. Many churches have an advent wreath with candles in, one to be lit for each week of advent, plus one for Christmas Day.

NOVEMBER 30TH - COMPUTER SECURITY DAY

This annual event is observed worldwide. It was started in 1988 to help raise awareness of computer related security issues. The aim of Computer Security Day is to remind people to protect their computers and the information that is stored on them.

NOVEMBER 30TH - ST. ANDREW'S DAY

The day is a bank holiday in Scotland, celebrated in honour of the county's patron saint. Andrew and his brother Simon Peter were the first of Jesus' disciples. Andrew was arrested by the Romans for teaching people about Jesus, and crucified on an X-shaped cross. This is why the Scottish flag, the St. Andrew's saltire, bears a diagonal cross (the blue stands for the sky).