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Summer birthday of Paddington Bear- 25 June

June 25 is the summer birthday of Paddington Bear. Paddington, the cute little bear is a fictitious character in a series of books for children created by the British author Michael Bond.

In the first story the little bear was found by the Brown family, lost at the Paddington railway station with a note attached to his collar that read "Please look after this bear. Thank you." When the Browns asked him for his name he said his original Peruvian name was too complicated for them to pronounce, so they decided to call him Paddington. Also, since he was unsure of his age and since he was such a special bear they decided that he deserved two birthdays, just like the queen of England – his summer birthday on June 25 and his winter birthday on December 25.
Here are some interesting facts about Paddington Bear:

1.       The home address of the Brown family does not exist. Don't try to find it.
Many tourists who try to locate 32 Windsor Gardens, the address of Paddington's adoptive family, find out to their disappointment that there is no house with such a number in that street. Michael Bond invented that address as a combination of his and his parents' addresses.


2.       Had Michael Bond gone Christmas shopping earlier, Paddington Bear would not have been born.On Christmas Eve, 1956, Michael Bond entered a toy store looking for a present for his wife Brenda. On one of the shelves he noticed a small toy bear that had been left all by itself. Feeling sorry for it, Bond bought the bear, took it to his home near Paddington station, and sat down to write a few amusing tales about it just for fun. After ten days he realized that he had a book on his hands, not primarily intended to be specifically for children.

3.       Paddington Bear is a spectacled bear.
Bond wanted Paddington to be a bear that had "travelled all the way from darkest Africa", but his agent recommended that he change the original habitat as darkest Africa had no bears. So, Peru was selected, being the natural home of the spectacled bear. Paddington later reveals that his Peruvian name was Pastuso and that he was reluctant to disclose it fearing that no one would be able to pronounce it.

4.       Paddington Bear raised a political scandal.Mick Young, Australian Special Minister of State in Bob Hawk's government, was compelled to step resign in 1984 after failing to declare at customs a large Paddington bear and other goods carried by his wife in her luggage. The event became known as the Paddington Bear affair.

5.       Google loves Paddington Bear. On October 13, 2008, Google dedicated a doodle to Paddington Bear to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary since the publication of the first book in the Paddington Bear series.

6.       The Wellington boot manufacturers could hardly meet the massive demand for boots for Paddington Bear dolls.
The early Paddington Bear dolls were fitted with kiddy boots made by the Dunlop Corporation, in order to ensure that they stood up firmly. However, as demand stretched Dunlop's manufacturing capability to the limit, the doll makers Gabrielle Designs were forced to manufacture the boots by their own means. In the year 1978 the demand for Paddington Bears reached a peak of 87,000 dolls.

7.       Up to 2014 twenty four books were published in the Paddington Bear series.
Over thirty five million copies, translated into forty languages, were sold worldwide.

8.       Paddington appeared in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The phenomenon that is often called the "Paddington effect" shows no sign of waning. Paddington Races Ahead was published in April 2012 as a salute to the London Olympic Games that took place in the summer of that year. In the book, Paddington, who repeatedly says that his legs "are a bit short for the pole vault", is mistakenly identified as a Peruvian hurdler by a film crew. Naturally, Paddington actually participated in the opening ceremony parade along the athletic track in the Olympic Stadium.

  Paddington Races Ahead - Free

June 25 is also Global Beatles Day

The 35th of May- June 4

Some people refer to the date of June 4 as the date of 35 May, based on the famous novel by Erich Kastner, since that June 4 is the day that comes five days after May 30.
The 35th of May, or Conrad's Ride to the South is a novel published by Erich Kästner in 1931.

The novel recounts the adventures of Conrad, a schoolboy whose teacher gave him an assignment to write an essay about the South Sea, believing that as the boy was good in arithmetic, he must be "lacking in imagination".

Conrad's whimsical uncle, Mr. Ringelhuth, leads him to a journey to the South Sea, accompanied by Negro Caballo, a talking horse. The journey, which starts inside the uncle's wardrobe, passes through bizarre places such as the land of the lazy, whose inhabitants refrain from any exertion whatsoever and swallow pills in order to avoid the effort entailed by chewing food. Other fantastic places through which Conrad and his companions pass include the Automated City that is governed by futuristic technology (such as mobile phones with vocal dialing that were considered science fiction at the time the novel was published), the upside-down world governed by children who educate the adults and reprimand their misbehaved parents, and so forth.
All these adventures occur on the 35th of May, which makes sense as that date is prone to be filled with miracles and wonders.
In honor of this special date, please buy Erich Kästner's book (The 35th of May) or borrow it from your local library. Remember, magic is reality on May 35. Nothing is strange on that day.

June 4 is also Old Maids Day

Dracula Day- 26th May

On 26 May 1897 Dracula was first published by the Irish writer Bars Stoker, in London. 

The book was very popular and Count Dracula became an inspiration for the genre of horror that remains popular to this day.   

Count Dracula, whose first name was not written, is a centuries-old vampire from Transylvania. He is a nobleman lives in a castle in the Carpathians near the Borgo Pass. During his life as a man he fought bravely in the Turks and when he died he was buried in a large grave in the chapel of his castle. He had returned from the dead like a vampire and had lived for hundreds of years in his castle with three beautiful vampire women beside him.

Among Dracula's special abilities: becoming a wolf, a rat or a mist, controlling wolves, rejuvenating the face and climbing walls. 

May 26 is Dracula Day. 

It's no exaggeration to say that Dracula is the most famous vampire in history, but he certainly was not the first and the writer Bram Stoker did not invent the vampire out of his fertile imagination. 

The history of blood-sucking creatures began long before, in novels published in the Middle Ages. The inspiration for Dracula's character was taken from the figure of Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler, the wavid (ruler) of Wallachia, a region in southern Romania. Vlad III also known as Draculia. Vlad the Impaler lived between the years 1431-1476 and during his reign Bolakia fought for its independence against the Ottoman Empire. He was known for his toughness and his cruelty. He had executed thousands of people and his name had been taken from his favorite form of execution - skewering people on a pointed pole. It is said that during his time people were so afraid of getting caught up in crimes and of being executed that you could leave a sack of gold in the middle of the street and no one would touch it.   In 1931 the first film was released on Dracula, starring actor Bela Lugosi.

The actor Bela Lugosi as Dracula, 1931

Dracula also appeared in comics, for the first time in 1972, as a super villain in Marvel's comics. 

 Sesame Street has a character named Count who teaching the children to count. 

In 2003, the American Film Institute rated Count Dracula, played by Bela Lugosi, as the 33rd biggest villain (Hannibal Lecter was first place in "The Silence of the Lambs"). Link to full list 

Adam Sandler played Dracula in the 2012 animated film "Hotel Transylvania" by Columbia Film Company.

Dracula in the film "Hotel Transylvania"

If you want to sleep in Dracula's seemingly castle, you can travel to Transylvania and rent a room through the Airbnb site. A carriage will take you on a trip across Transylvania, arrive at an intimate dinner by candlelight through a secret passage and change it in a coffin.

Link to Airbnb- Dracula's Castle

May 26 is also Paper Airplane Day

Towel Day - May 25

The Towel Day, which falls on May 25, is a day of honor in memory of the author Douglas Adams (1952-2001), who wrote the book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
The date was set two weeks after the date of Adams' death, May 11, 2001, because it was the shortest time it took to spread the word about the existence of that day.
On this day, fans of the writer and lovers of his memory take a towel with them wherever they go.

Why celebrate Towel Day?

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The source for Towel Day is in Adams' story, in the seventh episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first book, about his vacation in Greece, and the fact that whenever he wanted to go to the sea, he found that his towel was gone. After his vacation was over, he decided that whoever wanted his life to be tidy, "should know where his towel is" and not panic. The book describes the towel as the most useful item a hitchhiker can take with him as he wanders among the stars.

Towel Day is a great day to rejuvenate with a huge new beach towel in a mandala design or something else cool (Link)

 May 25 is also Tap Dance Day

Sherlock Holmes Day- 22 May

Sherlock Holmes is the most famous literary detective in the world.

The character of Sherlock Holmes was created by the writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887.

In 2011, Sherlock Holmes fans announced the May 22, the birthday of Arthur Conan Doyle (born in 1859), as Sherlock Holmes Day.

According to the biography of Sherlock Holmes, his date of birth is January 6, 1854.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, said that the character of Detective Sherlock Holmes was inspired by Joseph Bell, a surgeon at the Royal Edinburgh Clinic where Doyle worked as an assistant.

Like Holmes, Bell was also famous for his ability to draw broad conclusions from small observations.

The first book of Sherlock Holmes was first published in 1887 and sequels continued to be published for the next forty years, until shortly before the author's death (in 1930). During this period, the detective underwent countless adventures, usually accompanied by his loyal friend and assistant, Dr. Watson.

How to celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day?

You can read Sherlock Holmes books, watch movies and series, dress up detectives and solve puzzles yourself.

Sherlock Holmes Books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (link)

The stories of Sherlock Holmes received many adaptations on stage, in film and on television. These are some of them:

The film "Sherlock Holmes," directed in 2009 by Guy Richie and starring actors Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and the 2011 sequel, Sherlock Holmes: The Shadow Game.


In 2010, a mini-series called "Sherlock" was shown on the BBC, which tells the story of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in the 21st century, starring Benedict Kamberbach and Martin Freeman.

In 2012, a series called "Elementary" was released, which also tells the story of Holmes and Watson in the 21st century. In this series, Watson is represented by a woman named Joan Watson.

The film "Mr. Holmes" was directed by Bill Condon in 2015, with actor Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes.

If you feel like being a bit more active, Sherlock Holmes Day can be the perfect time for a little detective game, with friends or with yourself. Is there a mystery in your life that you want to solve? It's time to decipher it. Do you have the feeling that someone at work steals your meals from the refrigerator? You're being sent messages from unknown numbers and you're dying to know who it is? It is today to decide that the truth is revealed behind the mysterious acts.

Another option to celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day is to go to the Sherlock Holmes escape room.  

If you have kids, Sherlock Holmes Day is the perfect day to show them this real literary classics, which never gets old.

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

World Book Day - April 23

World Book Day or World Copyright Day is an annual event held on April 23 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, book publishing and copyright.
World Book Day was first celebrated on April 23, 1995.

The reason why Book Day was celebrated on this date is that in 1923, booksellers in Spain celebrated this day as a memorial to the author Miguel de Cervantes who passed away on this date. In 1995 UNESCO decided that this day would be Book and Copyright Day, also due to the fact that it is the anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and the Inca Garcilso de la Vega and several other prominent members.
If you want to join countries that celebrate International Book Day, such as the US, England, Sweden, Spain and more, you can spend time reading, visiting the library, buying books, spending time in a reading club and more.

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world book day

Science Fiction Day - January 2

Science Fiction Day is celebrated unofficially by many science fiction fans in the United States on January 2. The date was chosen (not known by whom and when) because it is the birthday of famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.

Isaac Asimov was born on January 2, 1920, to a Jewish family on the border between Russia and Belarus, and at the age of three emigrated with his family to the US. He is responsible for several great literary works such as "Sunset," "I, Robot," "The naked sun" And more.

SFD is not an official holiday of any kind (in the sense that it is not recognized or declared by a government or an organization), but it is, to a certain extent, a feature of television on the Hallmark channel.

If you want to mention the science fiction day, spend it by reading a good science fiction book or watching a science fiction film.

Recommended partial list:

Books by Philip K. Dick or Kurt Vonnegut, Stanley Kubrick's Movie Marathon, 2001: Space Odyssey, Ridley Scott, Alien, or Garth Jennings, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

In "Alien" you will see one of the most famous footage of the science fiction scam of all time, in a section on how "in space no one can hear you scream" and how a close encounter of the third kind becomes a jaws nightmare when an alien invades a spaceship. The "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is a comic science fiction film based on Douglas Adams's book about what happens just seconds before the earth is destroyed by a foreign construction team and Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Perfect are rescued as they travel to the Golden Heart as trams in the galaxy.

If you like science fiction, this is the day to celebrate your love. If not, this is the day to meet.

​Harry Potter​​ Coloring Pages

Harry Potter coloring pages. You probably don't need Harry Potter to be introduced to you if you came here. Who does not know Harry Potter, the hero of the fantasy book series written by British author JK Rowling? So many things happen at the Hogwarts witchcraft school where Harry studies. So many adventures go through Harry and his friends Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley, adventures in which they learn so much about the world of magic and themselves. Here you will find coloring pages of the heroes of the stories of Harry Potter and the house symbols at Hogwarts: Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Gryffindor and Ravenclaw which you can print and paint for your enjoyment. Below you will find Harry Potter coloring pages which you can paint for your enjoyment. Choose the coloring page of Harry Potter you want to paint, print and paint for your enjoyment. To print the page you would like to color, click on page and then click Ctrl+P. Have fun!

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