Celebrations for Chinese New Year are over but this month, once again, there will be fireworks in countries across the globe.

Twelve countries are celebrating their Independence Days:

Sri Lanka (Feb 4th), New Zealand (Feb 6th), Grenada (Feb 7th), Iran (Feb 11th), Lithuania (Feb 16th), The Gambia (Feb 18th), Saint Lucia (Feb 22nd), Estonia (Feb 24th), Kuwait (Feb 25th), Dominican Republic (Feb 27th), and this month’s youngest country, Kosovo (Feb 17th).

Happy Independence Days to you all!


See Also:

Independence Days for January

Independence Days in November

After having lived in many countries, traveled through various cultures, and read piles of academic books it’s always humbling to discover that there’s still basic knowledge in this world that I haven’t acquired.

Martyrdom of Bab

Mount Carmel is a place of pilgrimage

Today is the Martyrdom of the Bab, (according to the BBC: “a major holy day”) and until this morning I had never heard about it. My immediate reaction was skepticism: the day must not be that major…Turns out, Martyrdom of the Bab is not only a holiday I’ve never heard of, but that it’s a part of the Baha’i fate, a religion completely unknown to me.

And, this religion is not even a very distant one: there are approximately 6 million Baha’is in the world, 6,000 of them in the UK. Realising that there is a world religion out there (or, out here, in London, probably!) which I had never heard of felt the same as finding out that Pluto is no longer a planet. The row of paper mache planets I had built in third grade is now dated and inaccurate because it includes Pluto, a whole extra paper mache ball which, I found out a few years ago, has not been considered a planet since 2006.

Anyway, I am, and was, both dumbfounded and thrilled. Today is the Martyrdom of the Bab and I looked into it a bit further…

Naw-Rúz (New Day) is the traditional celebration
of the Iranian New Year and is celebrated throughout many countries of the Middle East and Central Asia: Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. For countries outside of the Middle East, the date has been fixed as 21st March, but traditionally it falls at the spring equinox. Originally it is one of the nine holy days of the Bahá’í Faith and is a work holiday.