Tuesday, 30 November 2010

December Diary

1st December - World Aids Day

Over 90,000 people are living with HIV in the UK and new infections continue every year. World AIDS Day 2010 is all about raising awareness to tackle HIV prejudice and help stop the spread of HIV.

Explore the World Aids Day website to ensure you understand the facts about HIV and find out what you can do to ACT AWARE. Make a pledge and join people all over the world making a difference on 1 December 2010.

 2nd December - Hanukkah

The Jewish festival of lights begins today - Activity Village has lots of colouring pages, crafts and printables.

3rd December - Small World Open Evening

From 6 - 8.30 p.m. come along to 9A Orchard Crescent, Prestonpans for fair trade mince pies and mulled wine and do a spot of ethical Christmas shopping.

4th December - Fairs, Fetes and Fun

St Gabriel's Christmas Fair, Prestonpans, takes place 10-12
The Pennypit Special Needs Youth Club, Prestonpans, Christmas Fayre takes place 12-4.
Eskmills Christmas Fayre, Musselburgh, takes place 10-4

6th December - Tree Dressing Day

An annual celebration of trees in city and country, in the street, village green - anywhere in the public domain.  It highlights our responsibility for looking after trees and remind us of their enormous cultural and environmental importance.  My trees are always impeccably dressed and have been known to wear chandeliers and disco balls.  Look out for a garishly decorated public tree in Prestonpans!

10th December - Speak Up, Stop Discrimination - International Human Rights Day

The day marks the 62nd anniversary of the acceptance by the UN General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This year, the theme is recognising the work of human rights defenders worldwide who act to end discrimination.

(Photo shows Loun Sovath, a Buddhist monk involved in defending Cambodian communities affected by land grabs using modern technology to document abuse and violations.) Acting alone or in groups within their communities, every day human rights defenders work to end discrimination by campaigning for equitable and effective laws, reporting and investigating human rights violations and supporting victims.

While some human rights defenders are internationally renowned, many remain anonymous and undertake their work often at great personal risk to themselves and their families.

11th December - International Mountain Day

Covering about one quarter of the world’s land surface, mountains provide a direct life-support base for about 12 per cent of the world population, as well as essential goods and services to more than half of humankind.

17th December - Saturnalia

An ancient Roman winter solstice celebration involving feasting, dancing, games and gift-giving.  

23rd December - Alternatives to the 'C' word.....

Not a Christian? Don't fancy celebrating ConsumerFest?  How about Festivus or the the Humanist celebration of HumanLight?

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