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GLOBAL DAYS IN SEPTEMBER 2017

SEPTEMBER 8TH - INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY

This day was started by UNESCO in 1965 to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. The theme for 2017 is Literacy in a digital world with the aim of looking at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programmes that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides. Click here to find out more.

SEPTEMBER 13TH - ROALD DAHL DAY

September is Roald Dahl's birth month, and each year people celebrate with a wonderful array of events centred around his birthday on 13th September - the official Roald Dahl Day.

Every year, as part of the celebrations for Roald Dahl Day, Puffin Virtually Live hosts a special Roald Dahl-themed event, broadcasting to schools and children across the world. Click here to find out more.

SEPTEMBER 16TH – INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER

The ozone layer, a fragile shield of gas, protects the Earth from the harmful portion of the rays of the sun, thus helping preserve life on the planet.

The reduced use of ozone-depleting substances has not only helped protect the ozone layer, but has also helped address climate change by limiting harmful ultraviolet radiation reaching the earth.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. The #OzoneHeroes campaign will increase awareness and celebrate the work of the Montreal Protocol in protecting the ozone layer and the climate.

Click here to find out more.

SEPTEMBER 19TH – INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY

Avast there, landlubbers. Don’t be forgetting that ye all has to talk like a swashbuckling buccaneer as much as ye possibly can today. Anyone not using the proper pirate lingo will find themselves in Davy Jones’ locker… or at least will be made to swab the decks, splice the mainbrace or do some other fearsome piratical task.

So get parleying like a pirate – and don’t forget to shiver yer timbers while yer at it!

SEPTEMBER 20TH – ROSH HASHANAH

This is the Jewish New Year Festival, lasting for two days. It commemorates the creation of the world.

Rosh Hashanah is also a judgement day, when Jews believe that God balances the good deeds they have done over the last year against the bad deeds, and decides what the next year will be like for them.

Click here to find out more.

SEPTEMBER 21ST – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

The theme for 2017 is: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.

Click here to find out more.

SEPTEMBER 21ST - WORLD GRATITUDE DAY

The celebration of Gratitude Day allows both individual citizens and organisations within wider society to celebrate the broad meaning of gratitude in a variety of ways.

The celebration started in 1965 in Hawaii when an international gathering decided that it would be a good idea to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world. Following the meeting in Hawaii, many attendees marked Gratitude Day on 21st September 1966 when back in their own countries. Ever since then, the number of people celebrating Gratitude Day across the world has grown and grown.

The benefits of having time in one’s life for gratitude, appreciation and positive reflection have become increasingly apparent. The hope is that by taking time, one day a year, to reflect on the many amazing things we have in our lives, it would positively impact our wellbeing and make us happier, more contented people.

SEPTEMBER 22ND - WORLD CARFREE DAY

Every year, people from around the world get together to remind the world that we don't have to accept our car-dominated society. It is up to us, our towns and our governments to help create permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars. As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and urge city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of cars. Click here to find out more.

SEPTEMBER 22ND - AUTUMN EQUINOX

Today is the first day of autumn!

There are two equinoxes each year, in March and September, when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is equal. This year in the UK, the autumn equinox will occur at 9.02pm.

On the other side of the world, in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the spring or vernal equinox.

SEPTEMBER 26TH - EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES

Europe is rich in languages - there are over 200 of them, and many more spoken by citizens whose family origin is from other continents. The aim of this day is to increase intercultural understanding, to promote the cultural diversity of Europe and to encourage lifelong language learning in and out of school.

People young and old are encouraged to take up a language or take special pride in their existing language skills. You are never too old to learn something new and to enjoy the opportunities it opens up. Even if you only know a few words of a language, for example on holiday, it enables you to make new friends and contacts.

Click here to listen to people saying hello in lots of different languages (click on the small blue 'Hello' on the left of the page). How many do you recognise? There are lots of other activities on the website too.

SEPTEMBER 28TH - NATIONAL POETRY DAY

National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday.

The aim is to celebrate excellence in poetry and widen its audience. The day enjoys the support of the BBC, Arts Council England, the Royal Mail and leading literary and cultural organisations, alongside booksellers, publishers, libraries and schools. This year’s theme is Freedom. Could you write a poem on this theme?

SEPTEMBER 29TH - YOM KIPPUR

Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of communal and personal atonement for sins committed during the past year. Prayer and fasting are central components of the day. Click here to find out more.

SEPTEMBER 29TH - MICHAELMAS

Michaelmas, or the feast of Saint Michael and All Angels is a day in the Christian calendar associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days. St. Michael is one of the principal angelic warriors, protector against the dark of the night and the Archangel who fought against Satan and his evil angels.

Click here to find out about St. Michael and some Michaelmas traditions.