Hooray! It`s Black Friday.
After Thanksgiving day, comes `Black Friday`.
It is a very exciting day for both retail owners and shoppers for both physical and online stores.
This is the day whereby prices drop to all most 20% of it`s normal price thus causing frenzy among shoppers.
Black Friday has a long history. It started as a mark of the beginning of Christmas season where people are starting to shop for Christmas presents. Years later, a financial crisis took event on that day thus the Wall street named it `Black Friday`.
By the time the 1980’s rolled around, retailers reformed the term into a positive one, and most people saw this as an opportunity to create profit. However, overtime Black Friday has stretched out into the Thanksgiving holiday, as retailers would start opening their doors earlier to allow customers to frantically buy their products. This has caused some safety issues, as crowds of people would flood stores to get their items, causing chaos at times.
How to celebrate Black Friday, you may ask? Go shop!
Thailand`s Loy Krathong Festival and Yi Peng Festival in November
November is a much awaited month in the Kingdom of Thailand.
The Thai people celebrates two beautiful festivals on this month: the Loy Krathong (Festival of Lights) and the Yi Peng Lantern Festival. Both festivals take place on the full moon of the 12th Lunar calendar.
Loy Krathong is a festival whereby people releases small illuminated boats, `krathong`, in rivers, lakes or canals as a symbol of releasing their sorrows and bad luck of the past year. This also symbolizes the joy, gratitude in anticipation of the new year or the `new beginning`.
Yi Peng is a festival whereby people releases illuminated lanterns, `khom loi`, in the night sky. The same as Loy Krathong, the releasing of the `khom loi` symbolizes the release of negativity and the anticipation of new beginnings. It also symbolizes the mark of seasons, as Thailand moves from rainy and wet season to dry and cooler months.
Generally, Loy Krathong is celebrated in the metropolis and in the southern Thailand while Yi Peng is celebrated in the northern parts of Thailand. This year, Loy Krathong will be held on the 27th and 28th day of November whilst Yi Peng will be on the 28th of November.
Eat, Drink And Be Scary. Happy Halloween!
Time to dress up in costumes and decorate homes in spooky themes. You may even go around trick-or-treating or give yourselves a good fright, because Everyone... it`s Halloween!
You may have asked how Halloween came to be?
Well, Halloween began in Ireland. It is a Gaelic Festival of Samhain, a day which marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of Winter. It was believed that during this day, the boundary between the living and the dead is too thin that spirits of the dead can return to the mortal world and can live amongst us. To ward off these spirits, the Celts would light bonfires, wear masks and costumes to confuse the spirits, and offer sacrifices to their gods.
As Christianity spreads all over Europe, the Catholic Church incorporated these pagan traditions into their own. Like, November 1st was declared All Saints’ Day, a day to honor all of the saints, and October 31st was designated as All Hallows’ Eve, a time to remember the dead.
These celebrations eventually evolved into the modern holiday of Halloween, which is now celebrated in many countries around the world.
National Black Cat Day
October 27th is National Black Cat Day!
It is a day to celebrate black cats and raise awareness about them.
Black cats have a reputation for being bad luck and because of this many people avoid them, but did you know that black cats can make great companions?
In some parts of the world, black cats are actually good luck!
For example In Scotland, it is believed that placing black kittens on your porch will attract positive events and prevent misfortune. In Early America, they believed that black cats had magical powers in their bones, which attracted power and good fortune.
What do you think about black cats?
Today is Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day
Developmental Language Disorder or DLD is when a child or young adult has difficulty understanding language and speaking.
DLD Awareness Day is all about giving those who have a language disorder a voice, helping educate the public about this term and helping raise awareness about speech disorders in everyday life.
How to celebrate this day?
Give thanks to the speech and language therapists who work diligently to improve children’s speech abilities throughout their younger years.
Spread awareness by printing out posters, handing out fact sheets, and spreading awareness of the term on social media.
Help donate to help support the campaign, sign up to become an ambassador and host an event at your local public school.
If you know a child or someone who has had a speech disorder, inform them about this term and support them by showing acceptance and appreciation for them as people.