Activities for Kids 2012

Activities for kids based on national holidays and international awareness days. Our calender gives you the date of major religious and secular dates in 2012.

January

Hogmanay for kidsNew Year’s Day and Hogmanay
1st of January
New Year’s Day is the closest thing to a worldwide public holiday. Hogmanay is a secular festival celebrated in Scotland.

Makar SankrantiMakar Sankranti
14th of January
The Hindu festival occurs roughly 21 days after the winter solstice, a time that Hindus consider to be particularly auspicious.

Chinese New Year for kidsChinese New Year
23rd of January
Chinese New Year is the most significant holiday in the Chinese calendar, where it is known as the ‘spring festival’.

 

 

Burns night for kidsBurns Night 

25th of January

January 25th is the birthday of Scotland’s renowned poet, Robert Burns. Many Burns Night suppers will be taking place all over the world to commemorate his memory and his work.

February

Milad un Nabi for kidsMilad un Nabi

4th/9th of February

Milad un Nabi is a joyous occasion to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

 

Sangha Day

7th of February

Sangha Day, also known as Magha Puja or Fourfold Assembly is the second most important festival in Buddhism. It is a day to celebrate friendship and honour the Buddhist community, or Sangha.

 

Valentine's day for kidsValentine’s Day

14th of February

Valentine’s Day is a day for loved ones to acknowledge and celebrate their love for one another.

 

Pancake Day for kidsPancake Day
21st of February
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the last day before Lent, which is a time of abstinence and giving things up.

March

St David's day for kidsSt David’s Day
1st of March
St. David’s Day is the feast day for Saint David, the patron Saint of Wales. Primarily observed in Wales, it takes place on the 1st of March every year and became a public holiday in 2000.

 

Holi for kidsHoli

8th of March

A Hindu festival primarily observed in Northern India, Holi is celebrated with great fanfare every spring, usually over the course of 2 days, marking the end of the winter season.

 

Purim for kids

Purim

8th of March

Purim is a holiday that celebrates the victory of the Jews of Persia over Haman, a royal aide, in the fourth century B.C.E.

 

St. Patrick’s DaySt Patrick's Day for kids

17th of March

St. Patrick’s Day is the feast day for Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It takes place annually on the 17th of March, which is widely recognised as the date of his death.

April

April Fools day for kidsApril Fools’ Day

1st of April

April Fools’ Day – or All Fools’ Day – is a day for celebrating and indulging in fun, foolishness and practical jokes.

 

Palm Sunday for kidsPalm Sunday

1st of April

Palm Sunday is the first day of the Christian Holy Week, when Christians all over the world celebrate Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem and commemorate his death and resurrection.

 

Passover for kidsPassover

7th of April

Passover is a Jewish festival that commemorates the liberation of Israeli Jews, who were freed from slavery and led out of Egypt by Moses.

 

Easter Sunday for kids

Easter

8th of April

Easter Sunday is the last day of the Christian Holy Week, and is the day when Christians commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

VaisakhiVaisakhi for kids

13th of April

Vaisakhi is a harvest festival, and one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. It is recognised as the beginning of the Sikh New Year.

 

Earth Day for kidsEarth Day for Kids
22nd of April
Earth Day is a day to appreciate the world around us and think about how we can do our bit to protect it for the future.

St George's DaySt Georges Day
23rd of April
St George is the Patron Saint of England, Aragon, Catalonia, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece and many more. Read how St George’s Day is celebrated in England.

May

May DayMay Day
1st of May
Celebrated each year on the first day of May, May Day is a spring festival and public holiday.It is known as a time for love and romance, and for celebrating the coming summer season.

Wesak for kidsWesak
5th of May
Wesak is the most important of Buddhist celebrations. It symbolises Buddha’s birthday and is celebrated during the full moon each May.

Ascension day for kidsAscension Day
17th of May
Ascension Day marks Jesus Christ’s final appearance to his disciples, and his ascension into heaven forty days after his resurrection.

Wheat in kids handsShavuot
27th of May
Shavuot is a Jewish harvest festival that takes place on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (late May or early June). It marks the beginning of the wheat harvest.

Pentecost
27th of May
Pentecost is a Christian festival which celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit and is considered as the birthday of the Christian church.

June

Summer Solstice for kidsSummer solstice
20th of June
Summer Solstice has been a celebrated event for thousands of years as people have been fascinated by the incredible power of the sun.

Ratha Yatra for kidsRatha Yatra
21st of June
Ratha Yatra is a Hindu festival cwhich celebrates the return of Hare Krishna to his birthplace of Vrindavana.

 

July

Asalha Puja for kidsAsalha Puja
3rd of July
Asalha Puja (or Dharma Day) is a Buddhist festival which commemorates the beginning of Buddha’s teachings.

 

 

St Swithin's day for kidsSt. Swithin’s Day
15th of July
St. Swithin’s Day is the feast day for Saint Swithin (or Swithun), the patron saint of Winchester Cathedral.

 

 

Ramadan for kidsRamadan
20th of July
Ramadan is the name of the ninth – and perhaps the most significant – month in the Islamic calendar. It is believed that the Qur’an, the Islamic holy book, was first revealed during this month.

August

Lughnasadh for kidsLughnasadh (Pagan)

1st of August

Lughnasadh is a Celtic festival that commemorates Tailtiu and marks the beginning of harvest.

 

 

Bon Festival/Feast of Lanterns
18th of August

The Bon Festival is the time of year when Japanese Buddhists commemorate and give thanks to the spirits of loved ones.

 

 

Eid-ul-Fitr-kidsEid-ul-Fitr
18th of August

Eid ul-Fitr is the Muslim festival for celebrating the completion of Ramadan and offering thanks to Allah.

September

Rosh Hashannah
17th September
Ganesh Chaturthi
19th of September
Ganesh Chaturthi is a joyous Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the god of prosperity and wisdom.

October

Eid-ul-Adha for KidsEid
26th of October
Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha to commemorate Ibrahim (Abraham) preparing to sacrifice his son to Allah (God), before Allah provides a ram instead. Eid-Ul-Adha is a day of happiness and a day to forgive and forget any differences.

Halloween
31st of October
Halloween is a festival that falls on the 31st of October each year. Full of tradition and superstition, Halloween is a night to celebrate the paranormal.

November

Guy Fawkes

5th of November

Guy Fawkes, or Bonfire night, is celebrated all over the UK on the 5th of November every year, wth firework and bonfire displays.

 

Guru Nanak’s birthday

10th of November

Guru Nanak was the founder of the Sikh religion, and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus.

 

 

Remembrance Sunday

11th of November

Remembrance Sunday takes place on the closest Sunday to Armistice Day and commemorates those who have lost their lives in conflicts since World War One.

Diwali for kids

Diwali

13th of November

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. It is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.

 

Al-Hijra

15th of November
Al-Hijra is the Islamic New Year, and the first day of Muharram, one of the most sacred months in the Islamic calendar.

 

 

Thanksgiving for kidsThanksgiving

22nd of November

Originally a feast to commemorate the season’s successful harvest, Thanksgiving Day has been celebrated since 1621 in America, and in Canada since 1578.


 

St. Andrew’s Day 

30th of November

St. Andrew’s Day is the feast day for Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, Greece, Barbados, Russia, Romania and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. It takes place on the 30th of November every year.

December

Advent for ChildrenAdvent

2nd of December

Advent is the start of a new Liturgical year for Western churches. It is a season of waiting and preperation, before celebrating the Nativity of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.

St. Nicholas Day

8th December

Bodhi Day

8th of December

Bodhi day falls on the 8th of December and commemorates the day when Siddhartha Gautauma (Shakyamuni) experienced enlightenment.

 

Hanukkah

8th of December

Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the Temple.

 

 

St. Lucy’s Day

13th of December

Yule

21st December

Christmas Day

25th of December

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