The Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo

The Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla) took place on May 5, 1862, near Puebla City during the Second French intervention in México. The battle ended in a victory for the Mexican Army over the occupying French soldiers. The French eventually overran the Mexicans in subsequent battles, but the Mexican victory at Puebla against a much better equipped and larger French army provided a significant … Continue reading The Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo

Post #998: World Water Day

World Water Day is an annual United Nations observance day (always on March 22) that highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. World Water Day is celebrated around the world with a variety of events. These can be educational, theatrical, musical or lobbying in nature. The day can also include campaigns to raise money … Continue reading Post #998: World Water Day

Post #997: Natalicio de Benito Juárez

March 21 is celebrated each year in México as Natalicio de Benito Juárez (Birth of Benito Juárez) to commemorate President Benito Juárez’s birthday on March 21, 1806. Juárez is popularly regarded as an exemplary politician because of his liberal policies that, among other things, defined the traditionally strict separation of the church and the Mexican state. Article 74 of the Mexican labor law (Ley Federal … Continue reading Post #997: Natalicio de Benito Juárez

Bon Om Touk: The Cambodian Water Festival

Bon Om Touk (បុណ្យអុំទូក in Khmer), or the Cambodian Water Festival, is celebrated each year to mark the reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River. Visitors from every town and province travel to Phnom Penh to watch boat races along the Sisowath Quay and attend free concerts in the evenings. For three days, workers from every province join with the city’s residents to … Continue reading Bon Om Touk: The Cambodian Water Festival

Learn from Lei Feng Day

March 5 in the People’s Republic of China is marked as Learn From Lei Feng Day (向雷锋同志学习 / 向雷鋒同志學習), This is a propaganda campaign encouraging imitation of Comrade Lei Feng, a young People’s Liberation Army soldier who died at age 22. Lei Feng was held up as an example of communist ideals, including a strong work ethic, self-sacrificing nature, and unquestioning dedication to Mao Zedong … Continue reading Learn from Lei Feng Day

World Hearing Day

World Hearing Day is a campaign held each year by Office of Prevention of Blindness and Deafness of the World Health Organization (WHO). Activities take place across the globe and an event is hosted at the World Health Organization on March 3rd. The campaign’s objective is to share information and promote actions towards the prevention of hearing loss and improved hearing care. The first event … Continue reading World Hearing Day

International Mother Language Day

Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet. Yet, due to globalization processes, they are increasingly under threat, or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, so does the world’s rich tapestry of cultural diversity. Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression — valuable resources for ensuring a better future — are … Continue reading International Mother Language Day