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Flag Day in America

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

In the United States June 14th is celebrated as Flag Day. While Independence Day on July 4th marks the “Birthday of America,” Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the American Flag by the Second Continental Congress on this day in 1777. The idea of devoting a day for the flag was lead by Bernard J. Cigrand, a Wisconsin schoolteacher who in 1885 encouraged his Stony Hill Students to celebrate the day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, giving patriotic speeches and ceremoniously raising the flag together. In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson officially established June 14th as Flag Day. Although the 14th is not a federal holiday, many American’s celebrate by raising flags on their homes and government buildings.

     

One of the best-known Flag Day parades, which began in 1952 and is now celebrating its 61st year, is held annually in Quincy. This year’s celebrations will take place on Saturday, June 16th with a 7 p.m parade and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. More information about the Quincy parade, which draws up to 50,000 spectators, can be found here.

Celebrate in Quincy, raise a flag in your home, or share this story with your visitor to help commemorate this important day in American history! 

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_Day_(United_States) 

The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl

Global Immersions Recruiting - Tuesday, June 05, 2012

This Tuesday through Thursday June 5 – 7th marks the 30th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl! As the nation’s largest all-you-can eat ice cream festival, the event will serve up ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet from the nation's leading ice cream companies from 12 to 8 p.m. each day. Over the past thirty years, the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl has raised more than $3 million for cancer research and care. 


More information about the Scooper Bowl can be found here. Enjoy!


The 33rd Annual Cambridge River Festival

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, May 31, 2012
Do you have plans for this Saturday, June 2? Check out the 33rd annual Cambridge River Festival! 

The Cambridge River Festival celebrates the arts with free outdoor music performances, dance, art demos, and more! Attracting a crowd of 200,000 to the banks of the Charles River, the Festival's enormous variety of visual and performing arts reflects the city's diverse neighborhoods and cultural heritage. Beginning with a procession from Harvard Square to the Charles River, the Festival runs from 12pm to 6pm, rain or shine.  





For more information about the festival, visit the Cambridge Arts Council website here

We hope to see you there!

Memorial Day

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, May 24, 2012

On the last Monday of every May, Americans across the country celebrate the federal holiday, Memorial Day. Originally observed to remember the fallen soldiers of the American Civil War, the holiday is now a day of remembrance for all fallen American soldiers in wars. 



This Monday, May 28th, many Americans will visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have died in the American Armed Forces. Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, is also a day when families and individuals decorate graves and cemeteries with American flags. For many Americans, Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the summer season. Many celebrate the holiday by  having barbeques, picnics, parades, and family gatherings. 

If you are in Boston for Memorial Day, visit Boston.com for more information on events going on around the city!

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Mother's Day Around The World

Global Immersions - Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Mother's Day has become a global holiday and while it is celebrated on many different days, countries including the United States, Japan, Germany, and Colombia celebrate it on the second Sunday in May, which is May 13th!

While spring festivals celebrated maternal goddesses during ancient Greek and Roman times, Mother's Day did not become an official holiday until May 10th, 1908 in the United States. It was founded by Anna Jarvis who campaigned for the creation of the holiday in remembrance of her recently deceased mother. 

In most Arab countries, Mother's Day is celebrated on March 21st. It was first introduced in Egypt in 1943 by journalist Mustafa Amin. The idea was overlooked at the time, but when Amin heard a story of a widowed mother who devoted her life to raising a son who eventually became a doctor, got married, and showed little affection to his mother, he began to push for its creation. By March 21st 1956, it was officially accepted as a holiday. 

Today, pink and red carnations pay tribute to mothers who are still alive, while white carnations pay tribute to those who have passed. 

How do you show your appreciation to your mothers? Have any suggestions? Let us know!

For those who are visitors, why not let your host mother know how appreciative you are of all she has done for you during your stay in Boston!


Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother's_Day

http://www.mothersdaycentral.com/about-mothersday/history/

Cherry Blossom Festival This Sunday!

Global Immersions - Thursday, April 26, 2012

Have you ever been to a Japanese cherry blossom festival before?

Stop by Copley Square Park on Sunday, April 29th, between 11 am-4 pm for some Japanese festivities! This will be the first Japanese-style festival in Boston. There will be plenty of food, games, and performances for you to enjoy!

You can find more information about the festival here!

We hope to see you there!

                    

The 2012 Boston Marathon

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, April 13, 2012

This Monday, April 16th marks the 116th Boston Marathon. As the world’s oldest annual marathon, The Boston Marathon attracts over 20,000 runners and 500,000 spectators each year. The Marathon is New England’s most widely viewed sporting event each year, and runs through eight Massachusetts cities and towns: Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston.


Originally a local event, The Boston Marathon’s fame and status now attracts runners from all over the world. Thousands of spectators line the sides of the course for the entire distance of the race to cheer the runners on, encourage them, and provide free water and snacks to any of the runners. The race is traditionally held on Patriot's Day, the third Monday in April, often referred to by local residents as "Marathon Monday."

For more information about the race, visit the Boston Athletic Association’s website here.


Sources:

baa.org
boston.com/marathon

Happy 100th Birthday Fenway Park!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Tuesday, April 10, 2012

One hundred years ago, on April 20, 1912, The Boston Red Sox played their first official game in Fenway Park. In honor of that milestone, on April 19, the Red Sox welcome fans to an open house to celebrate Fenway Park’s centennial celebration. There will be historical artifacts, photographs, and banners on display throughout the park, following the "Fenway Park: A Living Museum" path. Visitors will also have a chance to meet Red Sox legends, and visit parts of the ballpark generally inaccessible to fans.


The Fenway Park Open House also includes:

  • An opportunity for fans to explore 100 year old Fenway Park at their own pace

  • Historical markers denote historic home runs, events, and spots within the park

  • A display of the clubhouse that shows fans the mud that's rubbed on the baseballs, pine tar, rosin bag and other items that fans generally don't see during a visit to the park

  • Old programs, tickets, chairs, blueprints and many other items of historic interest from Fenway Park's 100-year old history

  • Autograph signings throughout the day

  • An opportunity to walk the warning track, peek inside the Green Monster scoreboard and visit other spaces within the ballpark not normally available or accessible to fans

The next day, on April 20, the Red Sox will play the New York Yankees, the same team they played for the first official game in 1912, with both teams wearing historic uniforms.

For more information about the Fenway Park Open House, visit their website here.  We hope you enjoy the event!

April Festivities Around the World

Global Immersions - Friday, April 06, 2012

April is the month that marks the beginning of spring in the Northern hemisphere. The etymology of "April" in Latin is aperire, which means "to open": the "opening" of trees and flowers. Boston's magnolia trees have blossomed considerably early this year and has been called one of the earliest blossoming in 140 years of record keeping. 

Many of you may be aware that Easter and Passover are coming up! But what other holidays are going on in April? Let's take a look!

Easter (Resurrection Day)

Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christian's believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the death three days after his crucifixion, which is commemorated on Good Friday. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after March 21st. Traditionally, Saturday's are spent decorating Easter eggs and hunting for them with children on the following Sunday. Hot cross buns (spiced buns with a cross on top) are traditionally eaten on Good Friday and are a symbol for the Crucifixion. 


Passover

Passover is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th month in the Jewish calender. This year, Passover begins Friday, April 6th and ends on Saturday, April 14th. Passover commemorates the story of Exodus, where ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. The most important Passover tradition is the seder. During the seder the story of Exodus is retold, four cups of wine are to be had each representing an expression of deliverance, and partaking in eating symbolic foods on a seder plate. 


Golden Week

In Japan, Golden Week is a period consisting of four holidays. It begins on April 29th with Showa Day, which honors the birthday of the late Emperor Hirohito. May 3rd is Constitution Memorial Day, which commemorates the declaration of the 1947 Constitution of Japan. May 4th is celebrated with Greenery day and is set aside for nature appreciation. Commemorative plantings take place across the country. The final holiday is Children's Day, which lands on May 5th. The holiday respects and embraces children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness. On Children's Day, families hang koinobori's (carp streamers), which symbolize the determination and vigor of the carp overcoming obstacles to swim upstream. 


Earth Day

Earth Day is held every year worldwide on April 22nd. The United Nations even designated that day as International Mother Earth Day. This holiday is meant to increase awareness and appreciate our planet's natural environment. It was pioneered by John McConnell in 1969 and has since then gained an immense amount of support. Their are many traditions people around the world take part in to commemorate this holiday. There is planting a tree, picking up trash, recycling, and even hiking!


Do you know of any other holidays that occur in April? If so, please let us know!


Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passover

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Week_(Japan)

St. Patrick's Day

Global Immersions Recruiting - Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On March 17th every year, people throughout the world honor one of the most widely celebrated saints, Saint Patrick. Known as the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day represents not only Christian values, but also a secular celebration of Irish culture. St. Patrick’s Day is usually accompanied by shamrocks, Irish flags, Irish food and drink, and a hefty dose of the color green. Though St. Patrick’s Day is an official holiday in only a few places, it is widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora - and others – worldwide.


Ireland

Though St. Patrick’s Day has been a celebrated feast day since the ninth century, it became an official public holiday in 1903. The holiday remains largely religious, and is often associated with religious observance, festivals, and parades.

Argentina

Boasting the fifth largest Irish community in the world outside Ireland, Argentina celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day with street parties all night long. With over 50,000 people taking part in the celebrations, Argentineans dance and drink all night in their green clothes.

Canada

Since 1824, Montreal holds one of the longest-running Saint Patrick’s Day parades in North America. Though Saint Patrick’s Day is a holiday in only the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, many other groups have lobbied to make it an official national holiday in Canada.

Japan

Holding Asia’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade, the Tokyo parade, organized by the Irish Network Japan, has been going on since 1992. Today, parades are held in many locations across Japan, and go on throughout the entire month of March.

The United States   

Though Saint Patrick’s Day is not an official holiday in the US, it has been celebrated since the late eighteenth century. The day is largely a celebration of Irish and Irish-American culture, and features many parades, religious events, feasts, and displays of the color green. In Boston,  Saint Patrick's Day remains a huge day of celebration due to the large Irish population. With over 500,000 visitors each year, the Boston parade is not only the oldest St. Patrick's Day parade in the US, but also one of the largest. For more information about Saint Patrick's Day events in Boston, look here

Do you have Saint Patrick’s Day plans? Let us know! 

Sources:

timeanddate.com

boston.com/stpatricksday/


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