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The Ides of March

julius-caesar.jpgToday is the Ides of March, a rather infamous day whose place in culture can be traced back to William Shakespeare. In his play Julius Caesar, the soothsayer character tells Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March!” before his assassination—and the phrase has captured the popular imagination ever since. For more on this day and its unpleasant reputation, check out this article in Credo Reference.

Lunar New Year

year-of-the-dog-lunar-new-year-celebration_social-media_01-18.jpgHappy New Year! Lunar New Year is an important holiday in China—and February 16 is the first day of the Year of the Dog. Unlike the Western calendar, which is based on the sun’s cycle, the lunar calendar tracks the cycles of the moon, meaning the Chinese New Year falls on a different Western date each year. This time of festivities, rest, and family goes back thousands of years.

Data Privacy Day

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In light of the numerous cybersecurity incidents of 2017, on this year's Data Privacy Day it seems all the more important that we examine our privacy habits and best practices for staying safe online. Data Privacy Day is run by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), and serves as a platform for raising awareness about the importance of privacy and good online safety habits—for people and businesses.

Krampus Night

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Krampus Night is almost here! The Krampus, a mythical horned creature of ancient Germanic legend, is often seen in folklore accompanying St. Nick and punishing wicked children. Its story—and the festivities surrounding it—has experienced a recent surge of popularity, with marches and parades throughout the winter holidays in Europe and the United States.

National Suicide Prevention Week

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PHOTO: Helen Harrop

September 11–17 is National Suicide Prevention Week, a good time for conversations about mental health with loved ones. Reading about another person’s experience with anxiety or depression—two issues facing many of today’s youth—can be incredibly empowering as they learn to deal with life's problems, and remind them they're not alone.

International Literacy Day

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September 8 is the 50th anniversary of UNESCO’s International Literacy Day commemorating efforts to increase literacy rates throughout the world.  The day is also a call to action to continue making progress—and overcome the challenges that remain in closing the literacy gap worldwide. UNESCO sees increasing literacy as an important goal because it helps empower individuals and communities, and assists in closing the resource gaps in society by fostering a desire for lifelong learning.

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Today is International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, and the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Today we honor the contributions of the world's indigenous peoples—the descendants of a given region's original inhabitants—and the cultural heritage with which they continue to identify.

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