Only an informed citizen can take informed decisions, and to this end on the 17th of November 2015 UNESCO declared this day the International Day for Universal Access to Information. Universal access means that everybody can access publicly available communication networks, facilities and services, which includes access to internet and other means and tools toContinue reading “International Day for Universal Access to Information “
Shemini Atzeret is the Eighth Day of the Solemn Assembly, celebrated by Jews on the Eighth Day of Sukkot, or following Sukkot. Shemini means Eighth, and refers to the 26th weekly part of the Torah (the Jewish Holy Book) and Atzeret means holiday.
Mabon is an ancient pagan holiday, to Wiccans and Neopagans this one of the 8 sabbats of the year, and it celebrates the Autumn Equinox. Want to join the celebrations? Then have a bonfire to celebrate with family and friends, and make sure your home entrance is decorated with autumn themes and leafs, and writeContinue reading “Do you celebrate the Autumn Equinox?”
Today is the 40th year the world celebrates the International Day of Peace, not very successfully until now, and still peace activists across the globe did not give up yet, and the theme of the year is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world” therefore intending peace not only as an end to intra-humanContinue reading “International Day of Peace “
Sukkot is the commemoration of the 40 years Jews spent in the desert, travelling to the Promised Land after being freed from slavery in Egypt. The celebration is of the journey and of the protection God bestowed unto them as they ventured through the perilous desert. Another name is Feast of Tabernacles. The meaning ofContinue reading “40 years in the desert call for a celebration”
Happy democracy day to everyone, as through our articles and research we have identified in democracy the best system available to promote social sustainability we feel this celebration very close to us. Why this day? This was the day when Nigeria became a democratic country, and this turning point in this major African country hasContinue reading “International Day of Democracy “
This is a Jewish commemoration event that takes place today from sunrise to sunset, the Fast of Gedalia. This is done in remembrance of Gedeliah, governor of Judah, eliminated by the Persians and with him ended Jewish autonomy, destruction of the Temple, and beginning of the Babylonian captivity. It is a sad remembrance, and henceContinue reading “Tzom Gedeliah – It’s time to fast “
Did you know that in the world today we still have 773 million adults who lack basic literacy skills, and 617 million youths who do not achieve basic reading and maths proficiency? If you thought illiteracy was a thing of the past, well it is not. This day exists for the last 60 years, remarkingContinue reading “International Literacy Day”
Can you imagine the taste of apples dipped in honey, warm delicious briskets, cakes, then you are likely celebrating the Jewish New Year and toasting to Shanah Tova to the “head of the year”, and you are in for two days of celebrations. What is the commemoration? But of course the creation of the world,Continue reading “Shanah Tova – Happy New”
Charity seems to have somehow gained a negative connotation recently, as disempowering, almost becoming an antonym to development, and conscience washing limited to giving away, up to creating dependence on caregiving. But is it really? The famous quote says “give someone a fish and you will feed them for one, teach them to fish andContinue reading “International Day of Charity “
Happy birthday Lord Krishna, yes celebrating his birthday of countless years, as tonight at midnight he’s born, giving way to a time for fasting and singing. In devotee homes you can find today washed and cleaned statues of Baby Krishna as part of the worship, and once the fasting is broken there comes the festivityContinue reading “Krishna Janmashtami”
Today Catholics from all over the world celebrate the Assumption, to commemorate the day when Virgin Mary’s body ascended to heaven. And this very important holiday is accompanied by parades, colours, fireworks, processions and blessing of the harvests. Although as a festivity and celebration it only started to be officially celebrated only in the earlyContinue reading “The Feast of the Assumption”
Awal Muharram, the Muslim New Year’s celebration. Awal means beginning and Muharram is the beginning of the New Year, marked by the Hijra, the journey from Mecca to Medina. The Islamic calendar is Lunar rather than solar, which means events and dates are not static and change (according to the Julian and Gregorian calendars) andContinue reading “Happy New Year!”
Today is the chance to celebrate and mainstream youth voices, projects, initiatives, actions and recognise the equal, universal and meaningful participation and engagement. As well as importance of peer support and learning, to underline the importance for youth to participate in social, economic and political life and its processes, both local and global. In orderContinue reading “Yay! International Youth Day”
One day, God, to test Abraham’s resolve and obedience asked him to sacrifice his only son Ismail, and Abraham obeyed carrying his son to the altar and ready to sacrifice him to the Almighty, however in the last moment Ismail was replaced by a mutton who was instead sacrificed. This recurrence is celebrated in IslamContinue reading “Feast of the Sacrifice”
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Today the Sikh followers recall the Martyrdom of Guru Arjjan Dev Sahib, the first Sikh martyr, who was tortured and executed in 1606 in Lahore after refusing to abandon his faith disobeying the orders of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Guru Arjan’s legacy was the first Sikh scripture, the Adi GranthContinue reading “Demise of the Community Organiser”
Today is an important Jewish holiday, just in between Passover and Shavuot and a break from mourning of the Omer. A propitious day for weddings (the only day during the Omer when they are allowed) light bonfires and getting haircuts. Just a little preamble, Omer is a time of mourning and grief, in remembrance of a time in the past when a plague killed most of Rabbi Akiva’s students as divine punishment for lacking respect.
As we explored in our previous article on Good Friday, it holds the same meaning across the whole of Christianity regardless if Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant, therefore today in wishing well to all Orthodox Christians, we want to stress Holy Friday traditions and customs across Orthodox Christian believers.
We are proud to join and support the global campaign for safety and health at work. As well as to take a minute, especially this year, to honour and remember all the workers victims of occupational accidents and diseases, both due to accidental tragedies but also due to negligence which could and should have been prevented.
Best wishes to all Jain followers and believers celebrating today The Birth Of The 24th Tirthankar – Mahavir Jayanti.
Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Hindu God Hanuman, although there is not really a fixed date that celebrates Hanuman the divinity that oversees victory against evil and protection, today is one of those days. Regardless all Hindu believers celebrate his birth.
Jesus Christ makes a triumphant entry in Jerusalem on this day, day before Jewish Passover, and is welcomed by the city’s people waving throngs as he rides in on a donkey, clothes and alive branches are set on his path as blessing, following the spreading news that he had just resurrected Lazarus from the dead.
Today Orthodox Christians celebrate Lazarus of Bethany, the man resurrected by Jesus Christ, a day of joy and celebration amidst the austerity and penance of Lent fasting, within the sorrowful week that precedes the death and resurrection of the Son of God.
This year’s Earth Day will be very special, as it will be honoured by a a global climate summit hosted by the United States, a further acknowledgement and recognition for the need of immediate action. Earth Day was a movement that started in 1970, and was honoured by the Paris Agreement assigning the 22nd of April as World Earth Day.
It marks the culmination of the spring festival of Vasanta Navratri (Chaitra Navratri) which begins on Ugadi. Completing the celebrations of Lord Rama’s birth.
Indeed creativity and innovation do need to be celebrated, acknowledged and fostered, today more than ever, because this is exactly what we need the most today. Humanity’s at a turning point, where the solutions of the past have become the problems of the present.
Today the Baha’i believers remember the Bahà u’llah declaration that he was a manifestation of God. Starts tonight at sunset and will continue for twelve days, also known as the Most Great Festival. Back in 1863 Baháʼu’lláh was in Ridvan (translates as Paradise) near Baghdad and there he made his declaration after spending 12 daysContinue reading “The Most Great Festival”
Remember reading somewhere that Earth without Art is just Eh, and that really resonated, and so true this is. Art nurtures creativity, innovation and cultural diversity for all peoples across the globe and plays an important role in sharing knowledge and encouraging curiosity and dialogue.
Wishing all a happy Baisakhi Day, marking the beginning of the solar year for both Hindus and Sikh, though this festivity appears to be more heartfelt by the latter. As Sikhs begin this day by attending service at the Gurdwara before attending a street procession called Nagar Kirtan along the streets, accompanied by singing, chanting and plenty of colours, and once over families and friends gather together to share a good meal in great company.
From today until the 21st of April we will celebrate Rama Navami, the birth of Lord Rama, as it culminates the Spring Fest of Vasanta Navratri. Indeed one of the main festivals enjoyed by all Hindu believers.
Happy New Year to all Hindi believers and followers. As springtime’s return to life also marks the beginning of the new annual cycle, nature comes to life and so does the world as it awakens after the winter’s sleep. It is a time marked with sweets, gifts, greeting of goodwill, and also to wear something new to symbolically mark the new beginning.
Happy wishes, Ramadan Kareen, as we enter the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, and literally translates as “burning/scorching heat’” which per se does not sound too promising but makes sense, that month was when the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad by Allah.
Let’s light a candle on “Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah” Day of remembrance of the Holocaust and the Heroism. One of darkest and most insane pages of human history, where our overrational-industrial age mentality was applied to human destruction and death, making it an efficient system just like a factory chain, including anyone who who felt, thought, looked different, even when those differences were subjectively and aptly created..
Since 1950, the world today celebrates the World Health Day. The COVID-19 pandemic has undercut recent health gains, pushed more people into poverty and food insecurity, and amplified gender, social and health inequities.
It was many years ago during a work trip to Denmark, that I came across some physical education instructors from public schools, sharing stories about education and practices they shared that in Denmark P.E. classes removed all elements of competition from the sports they practiced, and rather took sports class as an opportunity for teamContinue reading “Sports for Development and Peace”
Many Christians today celebrate Good Friday, the culmination of Jesus Christ’s humanity, as on this day the Son of God, chooses to accept his faith and be crucified suffering excruciating and very human pain on the Calvary before resurrecting on Easter Day and defeating death.
“”disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of humankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people.” And “”all humanContinue reading “International Day of Conscience”
Following the sorrowful days in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross comes what is considered the most important Christian Festivity, Easter, when the Son of God resurrected and thus defeated death, showing the way of human redemption and the way to eternal life. More simply Easter is the celebration of life, forty daysContinue reading “Easter’s Upon Us”
We at Rescogita thought of starting this day with a prank, instead decide to give you some fun and trivia of why the 1st day of April is dedicated to fool, jokes and pranks, and hope you do enjoy. It believed that this tradition goes all the way back to ancient Egypt, thought to beContinue reading “April’s Fish”
The Hindu Holi Festival of Spring is about to start Ever heard of the Hindu festivity called Holi? What if we called it the Festival of Spring or Festival of Love? Still nothing? How about Festival of colours? Aha now it starts ringing a bell of crowded colourful streets and people chucking colours in theContinue reading “Colourful Love”
Between the 27th of March and 4th of April, from sunset to sunset is the Passover celebration, known as Pesach. This festivity celebrates the freedom from slavery and Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, once again free. This day is celebrated by enjoying a seder, which is a traditional dinner consumed tonight in Jewish households,Continue reading “The Passover Celebration – Pesach”
The 2nd most important Buddhist celebration of the year is now, Magha Puja, in memory of a gathering between 1250 disciples and Buddha 10 months after his enlightenment. The day is dedicated to community, by honouring this very first ideal community (Sangha) created by Buddha and his followers, which is often understood as a monasticContinue reading “Magha Puja, Community Building”
Today is a day of celebration for the Muslims, as lights and candles shine through the night lit with fireworks, where those families who lost a beloved are gifted food and sweets by the community and acts of charity towards the less fortunate and disadvantaged are performed, while the faithful try to spend the wholeContinue reading “The Night of Forgiveness”
Jainism is one of the most ancient faith humanity has known that live by an ancient wisdom grounded on the five main vows the faithful followers take; non-violence, truth, honesty, sexual continence and non-possessiveness. Leading the Jain faithful to lead often an ascetic, vegetarian life with a strong focus on community mutual wellbeing. Most ofContinue reading “Teachings of Mahavir”
“Water means different things to different people. This conversation is about what water means to you. How is water important to your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your wellbeing, your local environment? By recording – and celebrating – all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properlyContinue reading “World Water Day”
It is said that a feature that distinguishes humans from the rest of the animal kingdom is creativity, which dates more or less to 250.000 years ago, dates of the first cave paintings, that together with an ability for a complex language which developed our brains’ capacity of storing memory and to hand it overContinue reading “World Poetry Day”
A most happy Novruz day to everybody who celebrates one of the most ancient rituals in humanity, the feast that marks the beginning of Spring and the New Year for the Zoroastrian faith and still celebrated today by the peoples living around the Caspian Sea and all the way to Asian Steppes and as farContinue reading “Its a New Year on the Caspian Sea”
Today’s the Spring Equinox, that’s right! Winter’s over and we can all tell each other, well done! We made it through the cold and dark, and here is our reward, longer sunny days, lush green and blossoms and sunrays filling up our batteries. Coincidentally, and maybe not so much, today is also International Forests Day,Continue reading “Welcoming Spring in the Woods”
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination and here some news for you from the scientific community, biologically racism makes no sense whatsoever from whichever point you look at it. This is no news at all, we have known that since 200 years and studies on genetics and evolution. AndContinue reading “No to Racism yes to Biology”
Across many countries of the world today fathers and fatherhood is celebrated, on this day it is true for most Catholic countries, as it is St.Joseph’s Day, although from research seems a large amount of cultures across the world (though on different days) have festivities aimed at celebrating fatherhood. Then what is fatherhood anyways? WeContinue reading “To All The Fathers”
17th of March is a most popular celebration of the Saint Patron of Ireland, St. Patrick, and more, as it became the celebration of Irish culture and heritage accompanied by traditional games, dances, foods, parades, of course drinking and wearing green. Which also shows how the party has overcome its religious significance and it alwaysContinue reading “Slainte!”
In Reverence of Destruction and Regeneration Maha Shivaratri celebrates Lord Shiva, God of Destruction and Regeneration and this day is celebrated across Hindu communities across the world, also known as the Great Night of Shiva, the last celebration before the advent of Spring. This celebration remembers the time when Shiva danced the Tandava Nritya, startingContinue reading “Mar Maha Shivaratri”
The Prophet’s Ascent to Heaven On this night the Prophet Muhammad was visited by two Archangels while he slept and they purified his heart and filled him with knowledge and faith. That same night, upon awakening he set on a journey from Mecca to Jerusalem, brought there by the Archangel Gabriel on a winged creatureContinue reading “Mar Lailat Al Miraj”
Far too many people mistake the 8th of March for some sort of Valentine’s Day, to give flowers, presents and chocolates to their fiancees, spouses and female family members, and far too few know what this day stands for. It’s all about equal rights, the focus here is in equality not egality, meaning that opportunitiesContinue reading “Rescogita is proud to be a feminist company”
As today is the International Day of Engineering for Sustainable Development, we at Rescogita decided to honour this day by making a big shoutout and round of applause to environmental engineers, those of today as well as those who in the past put together their knowledge of maths, chemistry, geology, hydraulics, biology and geology forContinue reading “Thank You! To all Environmental Engineers out there”
There is a period of nineteen days when members of the Baha’i Faith fast from sunset to sunrise, one of the strictest observances of faithful along with intensive prayer aimed cleansing and strengthening the soul and therefore come closer to God. The fasting takes places right after the Baha’i New Year and follow the LunarContinue reading “19 Days to Heal The Soul”
Zero Discrmination day, that is today and every single other day of the year, although until discrimination will be removed from our cultures, behaviours and practices it is important to mark this day, remember it and as UNDAIDS called in 2017 “Make some noise around zero discrimination, to speak up and prevent discrimination from standingContinue reading “Discrimination – the anti-evolution behaviour”
Happy Sant Dewidd’s Day David, or Dewidd, is the patron Saint of Wales, the land of Dragons, the land of hills and deep valleys on the Western coast of the UK facing the Irish Sea, and with undying language and tradition the endured millennia of foreign domination. On this day, 1st of March, Welsh people,Continue reading ““Do The Little Things””
Happy Purim to all our Jewish friends Purim is one of the most important dates to be celebrated in the Jewish Calendar, and this day is a day of cheerful celebration that includes, exchanging of gifts and donating and caring for the poor, dressing up in costume (that make it especially powerful among children) whoContinue reading “The Feast of Lots”
World Social Justice Day In your understanding are we living in a socially just world? Do you see wealth being equally distributed? Are equal opportunities in place for everyone? Are some more privileged than others? Or do you believe that struggle for social justice is not over yet, or has not even started?This day isContinue reading “Justice for the World, for our communities and every individual”
If the answer is yes, Happy Vasant Panchami A very special day today, as the Hindu believers celebrate Vasant Panchami, the festival celebrating the fields and ripening of the yellow flowers, the celebration of Saraswati, Goddess of knowledge, language, music and every art, and whose favourite colour is yellow, as matter of fact, a colourContinue reading “Ready for Spring?”
Mostly in Christian countries, especially Catholic ones, there is a time of celebration that has nothing to do with Christianity at all, and that is Carnival. A sort of mid-Winter feast, often lasting for about two weeks and it ends on the day before the start of Easter Fasting, where alcohol, glee, sex, meat, fish,Continue reading “You can’t get angry at pranks during Carnival”
Chinese New Year A new year begins, happy new year! According to the traditional Chinese calendar, used and celebrated alo beyond China, and this festivity is also referred to the first day of Spring, winter has officially ended and bid farewell by the Lantern Festival (which took place last night) and it is not aContinue reading “Happy Year of the Ox”
Wife of a prominent scientist of her time, world famous scientist Marie Curie was asked by a journalist how it felt to be married to a genius, she said “I don’t know, you can ask my husband.” The names and endeavours of women in science is huge, and one would think that an empirical andContinue reading “International Day of Women and Girls in Science”
Does anyone among you know someone who suffers or has suffered from cancer? What about someone who died from this terrible ailment? Most of us do, it is one of the top 10 “killers” in the world today, 2nd one in the so-called developed countries. This day has a purpose to encourage research, investment asContinue reading “World Cancer Day”
Setsubun festivities start today In Japan today, Shinto followers, celebrate the 1st day of Spring according to he Old Calendar, Actually Setsubun literally means seasonal division, and the cultural associations and rituals closely resemble that of New Year, as it is associated to Lunar New Year, with a goal to cleanse the previous year asContinue reading “Farewell to bad luck and misfortunes of the last year”
The Imbolc Celebrations Today is a very important day for our Wiccan friends, as Winter is soon over and Spring Equinox is on the horizon, this date also marks the time of the year where sheep, vital cattle to human sustainment since the dawn of times begin breeding and lactation. Therefore celebrating nature’s cycle andContinue reading “Spring We are Halfway There”
Yes that is correct, today is the 15th of Shevat and our Jewish friends celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the trees’ new year, that is when the first trees start to blossom waking up after winter’s sleep and fruit returns to the branches. How it is celebrated? Of course by feasting on all kids of fruits, asContinue reading “And Happy New Year to the Trees”
We feel strongly for this day, education is our calling and field, and we want to honour it body, mind, heart and soul. By starting with a paradigm that it is impossible not to learn, it is only possible to be unaware of one’s own learning. Only once we are aware that we are learningContinue reading “International Day of Education”