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Information and webquests on St David's Day, Hina Matsuri, Las Fallas, St Patrick's Day, Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.

March festivals

  • Festivals: St. David's Day (1st March)

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    David is the patron saint of Wales. He was a Celtic monk, abbot and bishop who lived in the sixth century and was one of the early saints who helped to convert pagans to Christianity. It is believed that David lived for over 100 years and he is thought to have died in AD 589. St David's Day has been a national festival in Wales since the 18th century. Many people wear a daffodil or a leek, which are both symbols of Wales, and the Red Dragon (Y Ddraig Goch, the national ...

  • Festivals: Mother's Day

    Type: Reference material

    A form of Mother's Day was celebrated in Ancient Greece, honouring Rhea, the mother of the gods. In Britain, the annual celebration is known as Mothering Sunday. This first originated from the 1600s when many people worked away from home, living with their employers. They were encouraged to go home and visit their mothers on the fourth Sunday of Lent. On the way home, they would pick flowers to give to their mothers, or offer them a cake.

  • Festivals: Doll Festival/Hina Matsuri (3rd March)

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    This festival is celebrated in Japan where families with girls wish their daughters a successful and happy life. This tradition dates back hundreds of years from a Chinese custom which says that bad fortune is passed to the dolls and then removed by leaving the dolls on a river. Dolls are beautifully displayed in homes for about a month together with peach blossoms.

  • Festivals: Feast of Passover begins (26th March)

    Type: Reference material

    An avenging angel would kill every firstborn man and beast but Israelite children would not be killed, and so God showed they were his chosen people. To protect themselves, the Israelites were told to mark their homes with the blood of a sacrificed lamb - the angel would then 'pass over' their homes. The Egyptians were terrified and pleaded with the Pharaoh to banish the Israelites. He summoned Moses and ordered him to leave Egypt with his people.

  • Festivals: Las Fallas (15th-19th March)

    Type: Reference material

    Las Fallas started as a feast day in Valencia, Spain, to celebrate St Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. Las Fallas has become a five day celebration of fire. The main focus of this celebration is the building and destruction of large cardboard, wood and plaster statues (known as ninots). During the evening of the 19th March, young men use axes to break holes into the ninots and fill them with fireworks. On the stroke of midnight, the ninots are set on fire. ...

  • Festivals: St Patrick's Day (17th March)

    Type: Reference material

    Patrick was later appointed second bishop to Ireland and was successful in converting pagans to Christianity. He travelled around Ireland setting up monasteries, schools and churches - his mission lasted 30 years. He died in County Down, Ireland, on the 17th March AD 461, which has been commemorated as St Patrick's Day ever since. The day is celebrated by the Irish all over the world with parades, festive dinners and dances.

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