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February

Information on Chinese New Year and St. Valentine's Day.

February festivals

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    Webquest: Valentine's Day

    Author: Luke Vyner Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate Type: Teaching notes, Worksheet

    This love-themed webquest includes activities on the history of Valentine’s Day, strange facts and amorous quotations.

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    Webquest: Chinese New Year

    Author: Adrian Tennant Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate

    This webquest includes activities on food and traditions associated with Chinese New Year, as well as the Chinese calendar and zodiac signs.

  • Festivals: Vasant Panchami

    Type: Reference material

    Vasant Panchami is a festival widely celebrated in India and throughout other Hindu communities around the world. Vasant Panchami is dedicated to Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge and learning. Vasant Panchami occurs on the fifth lunar day of the month of Magh. In India, schools are closed for the day to allow children to prepare for the celebrations. 'Vasant' means spring. Yellow is traditionally worn during Vasant Panchami because it symbolizes the ripening ...

  • Festivals: Shrove Tuesday

    Type: Reference material

    Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the Christian period of Lent, a time of abstinence when people give things up.

  • Ash Wednesday

    Type: Reference material

    Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent for western Christian churches. Traditionally, a mark on the forehead is made with the ashes from burned palms as a symbol of death, sorrow and sin. The marking also reminds churchgoers where the ashes come from. It is a reminder of baptism, that death comes to everyone, and that they must change themselves for the better.

  • Festivals: Chinese New Year

    Type: Reference material

    Based on a lunar calendar as opposed to the western Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year can occur on any date between late January and early February. Chinese New Year begins on the first day of the lunar month and continues for 15 days, culminating on the 15th day with a lantern festival. Each year is symbolized by a different animal - 2011 is the year of the rabbit.

  • Festivals: St. Valentine's Day (14th February)

    Type: Reference material

    February 14th is a day when close friends or loved ones send each other gifts to express their friendship or love. St Valentine's Day is believed to come from both Christian and Ancient Roman traditions - the Catholic church recognizes three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus. One legend says that a man named Valentine fell in love with a young girl who visited him when he was in prison. Before his death, it is thought that he wrote her a letter, which he ...

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