Holocaust Memorial Day

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Also known as Yom HaShoah in Hebrew, this day is observed in Israel and in local communities throughout the Jewish Diaspora.  It is a secular holiday, separate from the holy days of mourning in the religious calendar of Judaism.

More than 6 million Jews perished in the Holocaust.

For more information:

Jewish Virtual Library

Times of Israel

Vancouver HEC

 

World Book Night

April 23 is World Book Night.

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According to WorldBookNight.org:

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April. It sees passionate volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in their communities to share their love of reading with people who, for whatever reason, don’t read for pleasure or own books.

It is run by¬†The Reading Agency¬†– the charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance to become a reader.¬†Because everything changes when we read…

…World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging those who have lost the love of reading ‚Äď or are yet to gain it ‚Äď to pick up a book and read. Line by line, paragraph by paragraph until they too have discovered the power of reading and the opportunities in life that reading can open the door to.

For more information, visit worldbooknight.org

 

William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare, arguably the greatest writer in the English language, was born on this day in 1564. Maybe. We are not sure. In fact, there is much we don’t know about Shakespeare. Some don’t think that he wrote the plays that are attributed to him, or that he even existed,. This might not even be a picture of him.¬†Learn more¬†about Shakespeare and the debate surrounding his identity. More importantly, take the opportunity to enjoy the plays, whether on film, television, or best of all, live!

Jackie Robinson Day

jroOn April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. In doing so, he became the first African-American to play in the major leagues of baseball, breaking the racist colour barriers that shamefully tarnish the history of the great game of baseball. Jackie Robinson was a wonderfully talented player who earned the praise of fans for his play on the field. He also earned praise for his courage and determination in the face of a racist society that continued to resist the equal participation of non-whites in the game and in the everyday life of the nation. Robinson faced racial taunting and violence on the field, and untold indignities and threats away from the ballpark. Thankfully his determination led the way for more black players to follow and helped our society move along the long slow path towards changing attitudes, promoting acceptance and tolerance, and the goal of eliminating racism. Today in all MLB parks, players will wear #42 in honour of Jackie Robinson.

Vaisakhi

Sikhs in Canada and around the world today celebrate Vaisakhi. ¬†Sometimes also rendered Baisakhi, it is a holiday¬†that combines several celebrations. For the people of the Punjab and other regions of north-west India, Vaisakhi has long been Harvest Festival and a celebration of the New Year. Since 1699 Vaisakhi has been a central Holy Day for Sikhs, who celebrate the establishment of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh, the last of the “Ten Gurus” of Sikhism.

source:  surreyvaisakhiparade.ca
source: surreyvaisakhiparade.ca

 

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Danny Gallivan

Danny Gallivan was born on this day in 1917. ¬†He was the greatest hockey play-by-play broadcaster in history and a master of the English language. ¬†Danny Gallivan was the voice of the Canadiens through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Whether you were a fan of the Montreal Canadiens or not, for those over 40¬†you cannot help but smile when you hear clips from his calls featuring such greats as Guy Lafleur, Serge Savard and Yvon Cornoyer. ¬† Hockey fans who are under 40 should take any opportunity to take in some old audio or video clips featuring Danny and some of his classic “Gallivanisms.” The “Savardian Spin-o-rama,” “cannonading shots” and making saves in “rapier like fashion” are just a few.¬†When Mr. Gallivan died in 1993 the hockey world lost one of the all time greats.

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

The United Nations has declared that April 6 is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

IDOSFDAPFrom the United Nations:

Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sport is ideally positioned to contribute towards the United Nations’ objectives for development and peace. To raise awareness of this potential, 6 April was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly. The adoption of this Day signifies the increasing recognition by the United Nations of the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.

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