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Information and webquests on Cannes film festival, Children's Day, Europe Day, Floralia, May Day and Wesak.

May festivals

  • Festivals: Shavuot

    Type: Reference material

    This is a two day festival which takes place fifty days after the first day of Passover, marking the time that the Jews received the Torah on Mount Sinai. Shavuot is also known as the festival or feast of Weeks.

  • Festivals: Children's Day: Kodomo-no-hi (5th May)

    Type: Reference material

    Families with boys use the day to wish their sons a good future. It is celebrated by hanging carp streamers outside and putting samurai dolls inside the house. Both symbolize strength, power and success in life. Rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves, and mochi wrapped in oak leaves are eaten, again to symbolize strength and success.

  • Festivals: Europe Day (9th May)

    Type: Reference material

    In the aftermath of World War II, Europe faced a difficult future to try and rebuild itself. On the 9th May 1950, the French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman read to the world a declaration calling for France, Germany and other European countries to bring together their coal and steel industries to make "the first concrete foundation of a European foundation". These were the industries at the time which was the basis of all military power. The countries Robert Schuman ...

  • Festivals: Cannes film festival

    Type: Reference material

    Cannes is a small city in the south of France on the Côte d'Azur. This year, the film festival starts on the 16th May and runs until the 27th. It is probably the most famous film festival in the industry, and is one of France's most important cultural and business events.

  • Festivals: Floralia & May Day (1st May)

    Type: Reference material

    Details about the origins of the Roman festival Floralia and May Day.

  • Festivals: Wesak: also known as Vesak or Visakha

    Type: Reference material

    Siddharta Gautama was born around 580 BC in Nepal into the royal family. One day, after growing-up, getting married and having a child in his privileged life, Siddharta went outside the palace. For the first time ever, he saw an old man, a sick man and a corpse. He didn't like this but learned that old age, sickness and death came to all humans. Siddharta had also seen a monk and decided this was a sign that he should leave his protected life and live as a homeless Holy Man. During ...

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