Feb 21st: International Mother Language Day

All aboard the Mother Language Ship!  Today is a day of celebration of our Earth’s incredibly colourful linguistic diversity and cultural heritage. International Mother Langauge Day is a worldwide observance launched by UNESCO, celebrated ever since 1999. It’s an excellent opportunity to appreciate our own mother tongue(s), and also remind ourselves of the international right […]

Feb 18th: Pluto Day

OH PLUTO. Pluto was discovered on the 18th of February, 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. This was after a fervent search for the elusive ‘Planet X’ whose existence was known for years due to the inconsistencies in Neptune and Uranus’s orbits. Seventy-six years later, in 2006, Clyde’s ashes were stashed into the New Horizons spacecraft on its way to […]

Feb 16th: Tết

As well as Chinese New Year, it’s Tết today, otherwise known as Vietnamese New Year. This is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture, marking the beginning of spring. For Tết cities empty as the Vietnamese go and spend it time with their families, eating traditional foods, including Vietnamese rice cakes (bánh chưng), a different type of glutinous rice […]

Feb 15th: National Hippo Day

Today we celebrate the world’s deadliest large land mammal. As well as being cuddly and frankly a little bit humorous-looking, hippos can be extremely aggressive especially if you get between them and water. The word hippo is translated as “river horse” in many languages, coming from the ancient Greek where hippos means ‘horse’ and potamos means ‘river’. They need […]

Feb 14th: Cream-filled Chocolates Day

otherwise known as Valentine’s Day. Or at least linked to Valentine’s Day. In celebration of this chocolateful holiday, romantic in many countries, friendship-focused in Finland, I bought a set of Cadbury’s Creme Eggs. I didn’t spend time with my lover or even many friends, but I spent Valentine’s Day waiting for London buses which didn’t […]