Celebrate Winter Holidays Part 4

Kwanzaa is a fairly new holiday invented for those of African descent who live in the Americas in 1966 by American Black Power activist and secular humanist Maulana Karenga. It was created to celebrate the seven principals of Kwanzaa and allow African Americans the opportunity to reconnect with African concepts and beliefs. Many celebrate both Kwanzaa and Christmas as Kwanzaa starts on December 26th and continues for 7 days until January 1st. Each day of Kwanzaa is dedicated towards celebrating one of the principals.  The principals are Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). Like Hanukkah, there is a special candle holder called the kinara which holds 7 candles (Mishumaa Saba), each candle representing one of the principals. People decorate with corn, fruit, colorful African cloth like kente and women wear traditional caftans. As part of the celebrations, the participants drink out of a common chalice called the Kimkombe cha Umoja and remember ancestors and give thanks. Drumming, reading stories about Africa, and a feast round out this celebration.

In Italy, La Befana visits on January 5th. She, instead of Santa Clause is the bringer of presents to children all over Italy. La Befana is an old friendly witch who flies around on her broomstick and fills their stocking with sweets and presents if they are good and lumps of coal or dark candy if they are bad. She likes things tidy, so will often sweep the house before leaving as further evidence of her visit. Santa’s trip down the chimney most likely originated with Befana as she enters the home by the chimney. Prior to her arrival, children spend time caroling. On Christmas night, many families eat a traditional meal of 7 fishes and celebrate eating cake called Panetonne with a cup of hot cocoa.

In Russia, Christmas is celebrated on January 7th. This is because the Russian Orthodox Church follows the Julian calendar. Some may celebrate on the traditional December 25th but most celebrate after the new year. Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz) brings presents to the children. He is always accompanied by his Granddaughter (Snegurochka). Families gather to eat sochiro – a porridge made with rice, honey, fruit and nuts. Sometimes families will fast on Christmas Eve and not eat until they can see the first star in the night sky. Children will go out and carol in their community, being rewarded at eat house with treats of cookies, sweets and money.

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Celebrate Winter Holidays Part 3

Yule or Winter Solstice is celebrated on Dec.21st. Many indigenous cultures celebrate this day around the world. Recognizing it as the longest night of the year, many tribes take this time to reflect and pray for health for their family, the animals and the Earth (as a living being). Nations like the Sylix in Washington State & British Columbia celebrate with songs and dancing – sometimes for several days! Other tribes use this time for storytelling. Staying up to see the suns return is a big part of honoring this tradition. Of course, we can’t mention the Winter Solstice without mentioning Stonehenge in England, and Newgrange in Ireland which have been specifically designed to recognize this time to year. Druids and pagans of all types have celebrated the Winter Solstice with feasting, story telling and a vigil – staying up all night to welcome the return of the sun!

Christmas is celebrated in so many wonderful ways all around the world! In Germany, they celebrate Christmas with the ChristKind. Instead of Santa, the Chriskind – a young girl wearing a long white and gold dress – walks around and brings presents to the children. The decorating of the Christmas tree is thought to have originated in Germany, a tradition started in the late Middle Ages. Songs are sung like ‘O Tennenbaum’ to celebrate. Gingerbread houses are a main part of holiday celebration, with elaborately decorated gingerbread villages. If you are naughty, Krampus – a scary monster might come instead of Christkind and whisk the misbehaving child away! Krampus is growing in popularity again and can be seen in various holiday parades throughout Europe and even the US.  In France, we eagerly await Pere Noel! Yule logs made out of cherry wood are often burned in people’s home. The logs are left burning all night with food and drink in case Mary and the baby Jesus pass by in the night. Children will leave their shoes by their fireplace in hopes that Pere Noel will fill them with gifts. They will end their celebrations by eating sweets, the most popular being the bûche de Noël (chocolate rolled sponge cake). In Australia, it’s Summer when Christmas is celebrated. Instead of the usual Winter scenes, you have snowmen made of sand, and a Santa in shorts surfing. They decorate their houses with ‘bunches of ‘Christmas Bush,’ a native Australian tree with small green leaves and cream-colored flowers. They enjoy caroling by candlelight (often changing the words of the carols, replacing words describing Winter scenes with local words of Summer) and each city will host regional events. Instead of reindeer, Santa uses kangaroos!

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Learning about Women’s Health

Not all learning is in books. It is also important to learn about our physical world and ourselves. On Global Learn Day 2108, our presenter, Anita Morin, taught the world about the importance of women’s health care and healthier options for women world wide.

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Caring for ourselves is a lesson that extends far beyond simple biology class. It impacts our health, our family, and our community. By teaching women how to understand what their bodies are telling them, people like Anita Morin are making a difference in our world.

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How has learning helped your well being?

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Global Learn Day 2018 is Changing the World

Global Learn Day 2018 is in the books! Thank you to all of you who participated and presented in our global event! Over the next several weeks, we will be recapping our ports of call, here on the blog. Hope you will reminisce with us over this epic voyage.

Learning is our goal! World wide access to education is our mission! Each Global Learn Day, we seek to promote the value of education for every person, throughout the world.

One way that we promote education for all is by sharing charities working to help all children receive a life changing education. One of those projects that we had the honor of sharing is the Being Kind Foundation Adava.

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Being Kind Foundation provides underprivledged children in India with clothing, school supplies, tuition, basic necessities at home, and more. Every dollar donated goes directly to children in dire need.

Without a good education, these children have little hope of breaking the crippling cycle of poverty. Won’t you help them by Being Kind?

Learn more in the video below or visit their brand new Facebook page.

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How to Participate in Global Learn Day 2018

We are only one week away from Global Learn Day 2018!!! Are you excited? We are!! It seems amazing that a whole year has passed since GLD 2017, but we have also been hard at work to make this the best Global Learn Day, ever.

Global Learn Day is a celebration not only of the history of learning, but of those who continue to make learning a priority by promoting lifelong learning and access to education. It is a program built for everyone and made possible by ordinary people with extraordinary love for education.

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Join The Global Learn Day Adventure

Are you ready for a whirlwind journey around the world? Here are some ways that you can join in on the celebration and get the most out of Global Learn Day.

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  1. Tune In: Global Learn Day shares relevant and inspiring videos every hour of our 24 hour event. These “ports of call” are broadcast on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please follow us so you can receive notification and not miss a single minute!
  2. Sharing is Caring: Share your favorite talks and videos on your social media accounts so that others can enjoy.
  3. Let’s Party!: Host a Global Learn Day celebration at your home, school, or community center.
  4.  Learn Something New: Use Global Learn Day as a chance to begin your lifelong learning habit. Learn something new next weekend and celebrate the beauty of education with us.
  5. Teach Others: Education depends on others passing on their own knowledge. Help us keep it going by teaching others next weekend.
  6. Support One of Our Charity Presenters: This year we have several non-profits sharing about their programs on Global Learn Day. Each of these promote access to education by opening channels previously closed to those most in need. Please consider donating your time, talent, or money to further their missions.

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Just Show Up!

Getting involved is as easy as showing up. Global Learn Day will be broadcast on various social media outlets for a 24 hour period. There will be something to experience in every hour from various points of interest around the globe.

Even though Global Learn Day only circumnavigates the globe once a year, our social media outlets are great opportunities to meet and learn from supporters of education around the world every day. It’s like 364 mini Global Learn Days for our fans.

How will you be celebrating this year? Let us know, below. We hope to see you at one of our stops along the way!

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Meet a Presenter: Anita Morin

There are those who work hard because it is their job and they want to make money, and then there are those who find a insatiable passion that fuels their life’s work. Educating, empowering, helping, caring, and serving all flow from the passion to do better for women’s healthcare.

Anita Morin is a physician assistant with a passion for serving others. However, she does not want to just be their medical provider, she wants to provide them with the best medical care possible through a rising technology that celebrates the beauty of a woman’s being and works with it naturally to solve what is wrong. This provides both effective and safe answers to fertility, family planning, and gynecological care.

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As a writer and speaker, Anita Morin is reaching out to women everywhere to share the beauty of their perfect design. “Ultimately, I hope to educate and empower women so they can make the best choices for their bodies because I believe each woman has a unique design and gift and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and I do not believe that many of the options that are currently pushed on women foster that. ”

Anita hold a bachelors in psychobiology with a concentrated in behavioral neuroscience and a minor in biology with honors in psychology. In addition, her masters degree is in medical sciences. She has a career as a physician assistant and is pursuing training in Naprotechnology and the Creigton Model of fertility care this October.

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Anita specialized training is what has driven her to do better for not only her patients, but women in general. Anita hopes to bring a voice to the often overlooked complexity of women’s healthcare, and answer problems with safe, effective and natural treatments.

We are thankful to have Anita Morin, PA-C aboard this voyage. Her knowledge and experience are unique additions to our growing line up of impressive presenters. We look forward to learning more about this fascinating and important topic.

Global Learn Day is coming soon, please “book” your passage on our clipper today. We depart New Zealand on October 6th for a celebratory cruise through captivating presentations and beautiful ports of call around the globe. Sign up today and receive our special participant packet full of activities, celebration resources, and fun!! It is perfect for families, schools, and libraries to easily host their own Global Learn Day event.

 

 

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Meet A Presenter: Being Kind

Have you ever felt left out or left behind? For children growing up in the Gajapati District of Odisha, India, this is more profound than being left out of games on the playground. Lower caste and Christian children are shunned in every part of society. It is incredible difficult for them to get the basic needs of life and even harder for their parents to find adequate work.

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The answer that will open the doors shut before them is education. Three brothers who grew up in the region have banded together to supply a better future for these children by providing access to education and school supplies.

“GIVING AN OPPORTUNITY

TO THESE POOR KIDS TO STUDY

BY BEING KIND”

It is the kindness and generosity of Fr Jessaya Nayak, CM, Mr. Kisant Nayak, and Mr.  Susant Nayak that is changing the lives of 45 children every year by providing:

  • School bags
  • Notebooks
  • Uniforms
  • Geometry boxes
  • Tiffin boxes
  • Umbrella for the rainy season
  • Sweaters and warm coats for the winter
  • School tuition
  • Admission fees
  • Hostel fees

Without a good education, the future of these children is grim and their employment prospects are bleak. However, for just $150 per year, a child can receive everything he needs for a successful year of school which leads to a promising future.

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We look forward to learning more about the Nayaks’ Being Kind project on Global Learn Day in just a few weeks. Opening doors to education is one of the core goals of the Global Learn Day team. We know that education will not only unite the world, but provide a future full of peace, hope, and promise.

If you would like to help support the Being Kind project, please comment below and we will connect you with the the Nayaks. Any donation can make a difference, for these children the difference is life changing. More information will also be available on Global Learn Day.

How can you make a difference? It could be as easy as sharing your gifts and knowledge with the world on Global Learn Day 2018. Time is rapidly running out. If you would like to be a presenter, please sign up today!

 

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Meet A Presenter: David Wortley

Have you ever wished you could zoom through history with the touch of a button? Or fly to distant lands an be there, surrounded by amazing architecture and breathtaking views? David Wortely’s 360 Broadcast is bringing the world to your fingertips with his immersive video technology.

David is the founder and CEO of 360in360 an Immersive Experience. This venture seeks to use 360 degree video, sound, images, and stories to bring to life interesting places and historic events. These include exploring canals and caravans, visiting breath taking cathedrals, and stepping back in time to experience history first hand.

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Before 360in360, David was the CEO and Founder of GAETSS, a consultancy on the strategic use of Enabling Technologies for the transformation of business and society. In addition, he was the Founding Director of the Serious Games Institute at Coventry University, the first such institute in the world to combine research, education, business incubation, and regional development.

David is also a Vice President of the International Society of Digital Medicine (ISDM) and the Founding President of the European Chapter of ISDM. He is recognized globally on the practical application of emerging and enabling technologies in the areas of health, environment, business development, and education, among others. He is a serial technology innovator and has been a pioneer of emerging technologies for over 30 years.

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We are so thankful to have David and his amazing technology aboard for Global Learn Day 2018. Looking forward to a unique exploration of the past using state of the art, modern technology.

How about you? Have you ever created a means of gaining a unique perspective on the world? Do you have a passion that you would like to share? There are still a few slots left for this year’s voyage of exploration as we celebrate the history of mankind’s learning once again this autumn.

Maybe you just want to come along for the ride, no reservation required! Sign up to receive our special celebration packet full of activities, planning tools, and interesting ways to join in on this epic, worldwide event. This package is absolutely free!! Our gift for being a loyal passenger on our trusty clipper!

 

 

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Posted by David Wortley on Saturday, May 5, 2018

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Meet A Presenter: Peace Full Soul

Welcome to September!! Global Learn Day 2018 sets sail in just one month and 3 days!! We are so looking forward to this year’s exciting journey. Over the next few weeks, we will be finishing up our presenter introductions and share ways for you to get involved in this voyage of discovery. Here is one of lovely presenters, Peace Full Soul.
We all seek to have a good life, to reach our full potential. Global Learn Day supports universal access to education for just this reason. However, an even bigger, universal desire is for peace. Peace in our homes, peace in our hearts, and peace in our world.
The caring and compassionate women at Peace Full Soul are on a mission to help each of their clients find that inner peace that is transformational. These highly skilled and well educated counselors provide the tools needed to overcome stress and anxiety, recover from traumatic life experiences, become self empowered, and more.
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Each team member possesses a unique specialty that together cover the breath and depth of every need. From recovering from divorce to scaling your online business, the services of Peace Full Soul is making an immense impact in many lives.
Life is not an easy journey for everyone. People are different with different capabilities, some people are able to come out of catastrophes very quickly, but same level of difficulty may affect others badly.
I help those people know their strengths clearly, so that decisions are made by them for their own better life rather than dictated by others.
We look forward to Peace Full Soul presentation, “Ladder to Leadership: SEL” and are thankful to have a presenter from Pakistan on our roster. This will truly enrich our GLD2018 experience! Life is a never ending process of learning. Sometimes that means learning your math facts, other times it means learning how to cope with life’s circumstances. All learning is precious and very needed for personal development.
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Here are a few services we are providing by Peace Full Soul’s team of coaches.
➡ Social learning
➡ Emotional wellness
➡ Managing monster of anger
➡ Staying happy with well set boundaries
➡ Parenting in joint family
➡ Parenting toddlers
➡ Parenting difficult teens
➡ Forgiving n foregoing past
➡ Trauma healing
➡ Coming out to life after separation/divorce
➡ Say no to Depression
Our theme for Global Learn Day 2018 is “Uniting the World through Education.” what greater way to unite than by learning to find peace!
How could you help unite the world? Everyone has a special gift! Join our voyage and share yours with the world.
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Meet A Presenter: Stepping Stones to Music

Did you learn how to sing when you were a child? Do you hope your child will become proficient in music? We all know the traditional way of learning music–first comes reading music then progressively learning more difficult techniques with long hours of practice. What if there is a better way to learn music?

 Stepping Stones to Music: Cultivate Your Child’s Love of Music in 10 Minutes

Our presenter, Cecilia Yeung is a music teacher who wants to cultivate a love of music in every child with a very special approach. She holds a double degree in music and education. Cecilia has taught instrumental music in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She has also worked as a classroom music teacher in both countries.

Cecilia Yeung discovered the Kodaly method for teaching young children music through song and is now looking to teach the world to sing! She has taught students from all ages and abilities.

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I’d Like to Teach The World to Sing

Since discovering the Kodály methodology, Cecilia is committed to teaching and learning music using this approach. She further studied at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét with music educators from around the world and earned a Diploma in Kodály Concept of Music Education.

Thank you, Cecilia Yeung for joining our crew. We look forward to creating harmony through out the world with your special music lessons.

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Come Make Music with Us!

Do you have a gift or passion to share? We would love to have you present on Global Learn Day 2018! Help us unite the world through education!

 

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