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International Harry Potter Day - May 2

International Harry Potter Day is celebrated on May 2 each year, to commemorate the end of the Battle of Hogwarts, where many characters found their deaths. On the one hand, it's a happy day for the victory in the battle of Harry Potter and the scorching loss of Lord Voldemort, but on the other hand it's also a day of mourning for the departure of the all-important characters.

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the day in 2012. Cameron issued an official statement announcing that the reason for the announcement of this special day was to commemorate the work of writer JK Rowling, who has significantly influenced culture all over the world. Harry Potter also holds the Guinness Book of Records as the best-selling series by a single writer, with more than 500 million copies.

Some interesting facts about Harry Potter

Rowling's magical book was rejected by publishers 12 times before being accepted by Bloomsbury Books.

Rowling began writing Harry Potter in her apartment at Clapham Junction in London. The idea for the series originally came to her on train from Manchester to London.

In addition to the Harry Potter series, Rowling also writes fictional crime books under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

In 2020, the author, JK Rowling, donated a million pounds to UK charities, which help homeless people and victims of domestic violence, to increase their support for the most vulnerable sections of the popolation in the  coronavirus pandemic era. Rowling wrote on her Twitter: "Today’s the 22nd anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, but I’m going to be honest and say that it feels inappropriate to talk about fictional deaths today. Too many people are losing loved ones in the real world"

Harry Potter's birthday falls on July 31 (read more).

How to celebrate Harry Potter Day?

Enjoy the Harry Potter books or movies at home.

Visit the official Harry Potter website where you will find activities related to the world of Harry Potter's magic and sorcery. Link to official website. You can join the official fan club through the site and discover new things published by JK Rowling, and read more about the world of wizards.

Have a trivia evening with family or friends about Harry Potter. Play trivia games and find out who knows the most about Harry Potter and the rest of the characters and stories in the series.

Have a Harry Potter theme party, with Harry Potter costumes and a set design that fits the series.

Make Harry Potter-themed DIY creations, like Harry Potter sculptures from all kinds of materials you have in the house, make decorated Harry Potter themed cakes, special-colored drinks reminiscent of Harry Potter potions and everything you love about the series.

Publish Harry Potter posts and photos on social media with the hashtag #harrypotterday


May 2 is also Baby Day

Boxing Day - December 26

Boxing Day is a secular holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas, December 26, and its tradition is to give Christmas presents to people in low socioeconomic status, that is, to those who cannot afford to give Christmas presents. . Boxing Day is especially common in the UK and in countries that were once part of the British Empire. The name boxing comes from the word "boxing" - packaging, after the holiday gift packaging.

The origin of the holiday is in Britain, at a time when the servants would work throughout the Christmas in the service of the nobles, prepare and serve them the meals, clean after them, etc.), and only a day after Christmas would they receive leave and gifts from the masters. Christmas presents were called "Christmas boxes".
Another possible explanation for the origin of the holiday is a story according to which on this day priests broke the boxes for collecting donations in the churches and distributed the money to the poor.
Nowadays it is customary on Boxing Day to give annual donations to charity, and in addition, in the UK in particular, it is a day of many discounts and promotions in stores, so it has become a day of shopping.

How to celebrate Boxing Day?
You can donate to charities or charities or just buy a gift for someone you love, and you can also take advantage of this day to shop at sites abroad that give significant discounts like asos, amazon, ebay, Aliexpress etc.

December 26 is also Kwanzaa Day

Day of the White Rose, Australia - 31 August

The White Rose Day is an Australian holiday in honor of Princess Diana, who was killed in a car accident on that date in 1997. 

Princess Diana of Wales was a good person who worked with international charities and was one of the most popular public figures in Britain and around the world. The road accident in which she was killed along with her partner, Dudu Fayed, happened in a tunnel on Pont de l'Alma in Paris. After her death he was but all over the world. To this day, near the tunnel where she died, there are lots of wreaths, statues, stuffed animals and other accessories that people left to honor her memory. 

So ... Diana was England, the Princess of Wales, and she died in France. Why is her death perpetuated white roses in Australia? This is because Australia is part of the Commonwealth of Nations. This means that although Australia is a separate and independent country from Britain, the British monarchy also governs it. In other words, Queen Elizabeth II is not only Queen of England but also Queen of Australia. Therefore, Princess Diana was in terms of the Australian Princess of Australia. There are 16 countries belonging to the Commonwealth: Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Barbados, Grenada, United Kingdom, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Tuvalu, Saint Keats and Nevis and the Bahamas). 

Princess Diana symbolized not only the royal house but also was a fashion icon and model of admiration and imitation. She was married to Prince Charles for 15 years (hence the nickname "Princess," although she was not really a princess) and mother to the two heirs, William and Harry. Her nickname was Lady Dee. In 1996 Diana and Charles divorced, and after a while she began a relationship with my uncle Al Fayed, an Egyptian millionaire businessman who was killed in an accident with her.

In the photo: a monument in memory of Princess Diana in Paris, above the scene of the accident

A memorial to Diana and her partner in the Herods shop in London

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