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June festivals

  • Festivals: Kamehameha Day (11th June)

    Type: Reference material

    King Kamehameha became the first ruler of the Hawaiian kingdom in the late 1700s. He was born into a family of powerful chiefs and became chief of the western Big Island district in 1781 before waging war against other chiefs. He conquered all the islands except one, Kauai, which joined the kingdom voluntarily.

  • Festivals: Summer solstice (20th June)

    Type: Reference material

    This is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has been celebrated for thousands of years. Solstice actually means a stopping or standing still of the sun. Many different cultures and religions have been fascinated by the sun or have worshipped it throughout history as it is the time when the winter snow has melted, the trees produce fruit, flowers are blooming and food is easier to find. Celts celebrated summer solstice with bonfires which they believed added to ...

  • Festivals: Glastonbury Festival

    Type: Reference material

    People travel from all over the world to experience this five-day festival of performing arts. The first festival took place on a farm in a small village called Pilton, which is near the town of Glastonbury in Somerset, UK. It was held in September of 1970 and was called Pilton Festival - approximately 2,000 people attended. The man who created the festival, Michael Eavis, was inspired by a nearby festival he had visited. The following year, a man named Andrew Kerr wanted ...

  • Festivals: Dragon Boat Racing (June)

    Type: Reference material

    It also commemorates the death of the patriotic Chinese poet and Minister of State, Chu Yuan. He protested about the corrupt government and was stripped of his post. He was unhappy and wandered though the countryside. One day he disappeared into the Mi Lo River. His devoted followers raced out to try and save him, beating drums to scare away the fish. They also threw rice dumplings into the river so the fish would eat them rather than the poet. They were too late. It is also believed ...

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