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GLOBAL DAYS IN FEBRUARY 2019

2ND FEBRUARY - CANDLEMAS

Candlemas is celebrated 40 days after Christmas. Click here to find out why. In France Candlemas is called La Chandeleur and people eat their pancakes or crêpes today.

4TH FEBRUARY - WORLD CANCER DAY

Access to life-saving cancer diagnosis, treatment and care should be equal for all – no matter where you live, what your income, your ethnicity or gender.  

Individuals, together can create change.

2019 marks the launch of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign. ‘I Am and I Will’ is an empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitment and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

Click here to find out more.

5TH FEBRUARY - CHINESE NEW YEAR

Today is the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the pig. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born influences their personality. People born in the year of the pig are said to be sincere, tolerant and honest. Do you know what animal you are? To find out more, click here and visit our Chinese New Year pages.

5TH FEBRUARY - SAFER INTERNET DAY

Safer Internet Day 2018 will take place on the 5th February this year with the theme, Together for a better Internet.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Click here to find out more.

6TH FEBRUARY - WAITANGI DAY

In New Zealand, children are just going back to school after their long summer holiday! Waitangi Day is a public holiday held each year to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document, on this date in 1840.

12TH FEBRUARY - RED HAND DAY

This is an annual commemoration drawing attention to the plight of children forced to serve as soldiers in wars and armed conflicts. The Red Hand symbol has been used all over the world by many organisations to say NO to child recruitment and the use of child soldiers.

14TH FEBRUARY - SAINT VALENTINE'S DAY

St. Valentine was a Christian who lived in Roman times. He tried to encourage people to love each other and to love God. He was executed by Claudius II on 14th February. People around the world commemorate this day by sending cards or gifts to those they love. What will you do for someone you care about today?

21ST FEBRUARY - INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY

The aim of the day is to promote linguistic and cultural diversity. People are encouraged to maintain their knowledge of their mother language while learning and using more than one language. Governments may use the day to announce policies to encourage language learning and support.

February 21st was chosen as it was the date on which students and teachers were shot at Dhaka University in Bangladesh, because they campaigned to be allowed to use their mother language, Bangali. The day is now a public holiday in Bangladesh, and people lay wreaths in their memory.

22ND FEBRUARY - WORLD THINKING DAY

This is a day observed by Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Scouts and Cubs. It is an opportunity to celebrate international friendship, learn about and take action on important issues, and fundraise in support of the World Thinking Day Fund.

We normally encourage children who belong to these organisations to wear their uniform to school today. Click here to find out more about the day and download an activity pack.

25TH FEBRUARY TO 10TH MARCH - FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

Fairtrade Fortnight aims to put a spotlight on trade. When trade is fair it has the potential to improve the lives of the farmers and workers who grow our food. When trade is fair, it can make the world a better place.

Calling all chocolate fans! Join the She deserves campaign to ensure that cocoa farmers are paid fairly for their work and are able to live a dignified life:

£1.86* is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. Currently, a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on around 74p** a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty.

For the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but often with fewer rights than men. 

This is why Fairtrade are campaigning for a living income to become a reality for cocoa farmers in West Africa. If we can work together with governments, chocolate companies and retailers to make the commitments and policies necessary, then we can make it happen. 

There are loads of ways that you can get involved: click here to visit the website and find out more.

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