Let's celebrate - new holiday badges coming to our shop
Check out our new series of badges to celebrate holidays throughout the year.
We’ll be celebrating Easter, Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah and Chinese New Year with these great badges
These bright and sparkly badges represent significant celebrations from different traditions and religions. They’re a great way to mark the occasion and talk to girls about these holidays.
Ways to celebrate
Although not all units can meet in person at the moment, and we encourage all our members to follow the government advice around Coronavirus (Covid-19), we know you might want to explore these holidays later in the year or in your virtual meetings.
Here's some tips for celebrating these events:
- Don’t worry if it’s not a holiday you’re familiar with or celebrate yourself – ask girls in your unit if it’s a holiday for them or their families and see if they’d like to share how they celebrate.
- Look out for groups in your community that might be running events around these dates – get in touch and see if you can go along or invite them to come and talk about how they celebrate. This would be a great way to learn more about festivals that aren’t a part of your own tradition.
- Food often plays a big part in festivals and celebrations – talk to the girls in your unit who celebrate the occasion about the foods that are special to them and share some favourite family recipes.
- And of course – pick up some of our brilliant new badges!
It’s important to take care when talking to your unit about culture and religion – not everyone will have the same experiences and traditions. Check our advice on including all beliefs and none in guiding.
Easter is a Christian festival that marks the resurrection of Jesus. Easter Sunday is the last day of Holy Week, which includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. In 2022 Easter Sunday falls on the 17 April.
Eid is an Arabic word that translates as festival or celebration. There are 2 festivals of Eid. Muslims celebrate Eid ul-Fitr over 1 day at the end of Ramadan – a holy month. Eid ul-Adha takes place in the final month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
Diwali is a Hindu festival known as the festival of lights, celebrating the triumph of light over darkness. It’s a festival with celebrations that include firework displays and giving gifts. Diwali will be on the 24 October 2022.
Hanukkah is a Jewish festival, celebrating a miracle that happened over 2,000 years ago. It lasts for 8 days and next year begins on 18 December. Hanukkah is celebrated with the lighting of a 9-branched candle stick called a Hanukiah.
Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year – a lunar calendar has months that follow the cycles of the moon, and this festival marks the start of the year. It's also known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year. In Chinese tradition each year is named after one of 12 animals that feature in the Chinese Zodiac. 2021 is a year of the ox and 2022 will be year of the tiger.