Happy Eid al-Adha!

We wish a Happy Eid and many blessings to all who are celebrating this holyday! Eid al-Adha today is one of the two most important festivals in the Muslim calendar observed and celebrated worldwide other being Eid al-Fitr. But its considered to be holier of the two festivals. It is also known as "Sacrifice Feast" or "Bakr-Eid". Eid al-Adha is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the 12th and the last Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah of the lunar Islamic calendar. Eid al-Adha celebrations … [Read more...]

WHAT IS MANDELA DAY?

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing … [Read more...]

Canada Day celebrated July 1

Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take … [Read more...]

Happy Father’s Day 2016

When is Father’s Day 2016? The date to celebrate your dad this year is Sunday, June 19, 2015. Father’s Day is always celebrated in America on the third Sunday in June, so keep that in mind for next year. Also remember that Father’s Day is not a federal holiday, so businesses should run as usual. So, where did the idea of Father’s Day come from? Wales Online reports what many historians believe: "Grace Golden Clayton was the founder of the first Father’s Day in Fairmont, West … [Read more...]

March 8: Celebrating IWD2016 around the globe!

The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights. What’s next? Tasked with … [Read more...]

Year of the Fire Monkey, 2016

The Chinese Lunar New Year occurs every year on the New Moon of the first lunar month, which is the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. The exact date can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. A complete cycle of the Chinese lunar calendar takes 60 years and comprises five cycles of 12 years--12 animal signs and 5 elements. The Chinese Lunar New Year differs to that of the Roman New Year because the Chinese calendar is based on the phases of the moon, whereas … [Read more...]

Celebrating Samhain, OCT 31

As October turns to November, thousands of Witches, Wiccans, Druids, and other Pagans across America, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere observe the sacred time of Samhain. Samhain is a festival of the Dead. Meaning "Summer's End" and pronounced saah-win or saa-ween, Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the coldest half of the year. For many practitioners, myself included, Samhain also is the beginning of the spiritual new year. Originating in ancient Europe as … [Read more...]

OCT 1, celebrates first official International Coffee Day

The first official International Coffee Day takes place on 1 October 2015. Join the 75 Member States of the International Coffee Organization and dozens of associations and businesses in celebrating coffee’s journey of diversity, quality and passion. Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, which are the seeds of berries from the Coffea plant. Coffee plants are cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, India and … [Read more...]

L’shanah tovah! to the HEY Year of 5775

The words "Rosh Hashanah" translate into "head of the year." For 2015 the Jewish calendar shows the year 5775 as HEY (a window, looking, hands lifted, beholding something great, reveal.) Two Thousand and Fifteen will be a year of seeing: a year of watching and tremendous revelation. We will need to stand strong in our identity in Christ as we speak to the mountains that are revealed. As we take authority in Christ we are going to see huge advancements in the Kingdom of God, but not without … [Read more...]

Independence Day in United States, July 4th celebrated!

Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4 and is often known as "the Fourth of July". It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States. The True Meaning of Independence The Declaration stated unequivocally: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable … [Read more...]

Canada Day in Canada, JULY 1

On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec. The anniversary of this date was called Dominion Day until 1982. Since 1983, July 1 has been officially known as Canada Day. What do people do? In many towns and cities, municipal governments organize a range of events, often outdoors. These include pancake breakfasts, parades, concerts, carnivals, festivals, firework displays and … [Read more...]

LaMaquette, Toronto ‘Summerlicious 2015 is here’

Summerlicious 2015 Summerlicious Dinner 2015: July 3-30th 2015 Dinner menu La Maquette’s Soup of the Day Gazpacho or chowder or Smoked Salmon and Vegetable Terrine Pickled ginger and watercress salad raspberry dressed or Organic baby arugula ~vegan Mango salsa and dressing ***** Roast breast of Muscovy duck a l’ orange Orange Cognac sauce (Grand Marnier) reduction or A pair of Lobster tails with garlic lemon butter and jasmine rice and market vegetables … [Read more...]

The Expert’s Guide to Hosting a Summer Cocktail Party

Cocktail parties are a fun and simple event to plan, not to mention they’re also quite glamourous. If you’re considering planning a cocktail party this summer, read this expert guide on how to choose a theme, set the scene, and what to serve to your guests. Planning the Menu Traditionally, cocktail party menus consist of hors d’oeuvres – or canopies, small, bite size amounts of food with a variety of different choices. Since your party is all about the cocktails don’t go too heavy on … [Read more...]

Father’s Day 2015, celebrated June 21

When is Father’s Day 2015? The date to celebrate your dad this year is Sunday, June 21, 2015. Father’s Day is always celebrated in America on the third Sunday in June, so keep that in mind for next year. Also remember that Father’s Day is not a federal holiday, so businesses should run as usual. So, where did the idea of Father’s Day come from? Wales Online reports what many historians believe: "Grace Golden Clayton was the founder of the first Father’s Day in Fairmont, West … [Read more...]

International Day of Yoga, celebrated JUNE 21

June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. Yoga, a 6,000+-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, aims to transform the body and the mind. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi declared that there will be an official website mea.gov.in/idy.htm for this, and it will be maintained by the Ministry of External Affairs of Govt. of India. The declaration of this day came after the … [Read more...]

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