EVERY year the life and work of poet Robert Burn is celebrated around the globe. The tradition began after the Scottish bard's death in 1796, when his friends decided they needed to celebrate his career. It's now a popular nationwide event. When is Burns Night 2018? When it was first launched, Burns’ friends decided to hold the event annually on July 21 - the date the poet died. However, Burns Night nowadays is held every year on January 25 which was his birthday. This year Burns Night falls on a Friday. What's on a Burns Supper menu? The Burns night celebration centres on the entrance of the haggis (a type of sausage prepared using a sheep's stomach stuffed with its own heart liver, and lungs), which is traditionally piped in to the sound of bagpipes. Once the dish is on the table, the host addresses the haggis, often with either Robert Burns’ The Selkirk Grace or his Address to a Haggis. The haggis is then sliced opened and served with neeps and tatties … [Read more...] about When is Burns Night 2019, what is on a Burns Supper menu and why do we eat haggis?
IT'S always good to know when they bank holidays are so you can plan ahead. To help your diary fill up with long weekends away we have pulled together all of 2019's bank holidays in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. When are the bank holiday dates for 2018? Across the UK there are 14 days up for grabs as holidays, these are: Nationwide, New Year's Day, January 1 - a Tuesday Scotland, New Year's Holiday, January 2 - a Wednesday Northern Ireland, St Patrick's Day, March 18 - a Monday Northern Ireland, Substitute day for St Patrick's Day, March 19 - a Monday Nationwide, Good Friday, April 19 - a Friday England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Easter Monday, April 22 - a Monday Nationwide, May Day, May 6 - a Monday Nationwide, Spring Bank Holiday, May 27 - a Monday Northern Ireland, Battle of the Boyne, July 12 - a Friday Scotland, August Bank Holiday, August 6 - a Monday England, Wales, Northern Ireland, August Bank Holiday, August 26 - a Monday Scotland, St Andrew's Day, … [Read more...] about When is the August bank holiday? 2019 dates for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
RAMADAN is observed by Muslims around the world as a period of fasting to commemorate "the best of times". It celebrates the moment the Koran was unveiled to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Here's what else we know about the holy month, that will start up later this year. When is Ramadan 2019? This year Ramadan is due to start on the evening of Sunday, May 5, and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday, June 4. However, the beginning and end are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar – meaning it will depend on when the new moon is sighted. Hilal, the crescent, is usually a day or more after the astronomical new moon. The "night of power" or "night of decree" is considered the holiest night of the year, as Muslims believe the first revelation of the Koran was sent down to Muhammad on this night. It's thought to have occurred on an odd-numbered night during the last 10 days of Ramadan - the 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29th. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and … [Read more...] about When is Ramadan 2019, what date does the holy month start and finish and what does Ramadan Mubarak mean?
EASTER eggs are already starting to sprout up in supermarkets now that the New Year is in full swing. But while Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day all fall on fixed dates, Easter can fall anytime between March 22 and April 25. Here are the 2019 dates for your diary When is Easter 2019 and how is the date decided? In 2019 Easter falls on Sunday, April 21. Good Friday is, therefore, April 19, and the Easter Monday bank holiday is on April 22. The date is decided by a complex set of calculations based on observations of the moon. In early Christianity, different churches used different methods, leading to disagreements which remain unresolved centuries later. Eastern and Western churches continue to celebrate Easter according to different calendars, although sometimes by chance the festivals coincide. Easter celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus, which the Bible says happened around the Jewish festival, Passover. Passover typically begins on the … [Read more...] about When is Easter 2019, what date is Good Friday on and when do schools break up?
NEW Year's Day is upon us, and as we bid farewell to 2018, many of us will be making resolutions we hope to keep. Here are some pearls of wisdom to help you make a fresh start - and celebrate 2019 in style. What inspirational quotes are there to ring in the New Year? If new beginnings are for you, there's no better way to kick off 2019 than by ruminating on some inspirational words. Here are a few of our favourite quotes: TS Eliot: For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. Oprah Winfrey: Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. Alfred Tennyson: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, "It will be happier." Neil Gaiman: Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever. William Shakespeare: Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. CS Lewis: There are far better things … [Read more...] about New Year quotes – inspirational messages to get you pumped and ready for 2019