Blog Post Published October 2010

Special Days in November

Well, here we are close to the end of the year. I can't believe the Festive Season will start in a few weeks. Where has the year gone? November brings with it a couple of famous dates to celebrate:

2nd - Melbourne Cup
On November 2, Australia has its most famous Tuesday; Melbourne Cup Day. Here are some activites to help you celebrate!

11th - Remembrance Day
'Remembrance Day' on November 11 is an important Commonwealth holiday to commemorate the sacrifices of our armed forces in times of war. Download the instructions from the website to plan the service. Make poppies flowers to wear on that day.

14th - Claude Monet's Birthday
Claude Monet, the French artist was born on November 14; 1840. I have included a template of water lilies for creative expression.

25th - Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving in The United States falls on November 25 and is one of the most popular holidays of the year. Here are some Thanksgiving activities to help you celebrate:

28th - How to celebrate the Advent Season
The Advent Season marks the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. Advent is a period of spiritual preparation before Christmas, celebrated by many Christians. The date falls on different days each year but it is usually between November 27 and December 3. This year it starts on November 28, the last Sunday of the month and goes on for four Sundays till Christmas. The primary colour of the Advent season is purple. See activity on how to observe this Christian tradition.

Decorating Mandalas - a relaxing activity for any day of the year
I have made available a selection of mandalas to be coloured or painted. It is said that people colouring mandalas often maintain a meditative sense of calm. Mandalas' colouring assist participants to keep focused and express their creative side, which many people don't even know they have.

Don't leave Christmas craft to the last minute. Christmas will be upon us faster then we think. Make a plan and engage residents, their relatives, volunteers and school children to help out with Christmas craft.

Have a great Melbourne Cup Day and a peaceful and harmonious Thanksgiving.


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