As we wave goodbye to January and welcome in the new month, we take a look at what February has in store for us. With a leap day on 29th added to the calendar this year, February 2020 is full of celebrations and traditions, some serious, some romantic, and some more niche then others! So get out your diaries and make February the month that you will get to know your neighbour.
4th – World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day unites people, communities and entire countries to raise awareness and take action. It encourages us to raise our voices and show support to cancer in a positive and inspiring way. This years theme is ‘I Am And I Will.’ No matter who you are, your actions – big and small – will make lasting positive changes. It’s not too late to do your part. Use OurHood to organise a charity event in your neighbourhood this weekend – be it a bake off, a braai, a clothes sale or whatever else you have in mind – and be a part of the change. #IAmAndIWill
6th – International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
In 2012, the UN designated this day with the aim to increase and direct the efforts on the elimination of female genital mutilation. Whilst the practice has been around for more than a thousand years, the UN beleave it is possible to end it in a single generation. That is why this year will focus on Unleashing Youth Power to help end FGM. #EndFGM #YouthEndFGM
10th – International World Pulse Day
Pulses have been an essential part of the human diet for centuries, but it was only in 2013 that their value was recognised by the UN for both their nutritional and environmental benefits as part of sustainable food production. Not only are thy a powerful superfood, but they are highly water efficient, foster sustainable agriculture and soil protection, and are economically accessible and multipurpose. Not quite sure how to celebrate this day? Why not invite your neighbours over using OurHood for a pulse themed dinner party. Think hummus, dhal, curries, you name it. And if you are feeling extra adventurous, why not try this chocolate mousse made from using leftover chickpea water (aquafaba)
11th – International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Whilst the presence of women working in science is increasing, less than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women. Help to change this by hosting a fun-filled science day in your neighbourhood. The aim is to get the younger residents in your community interested in science through experiments, activities and science inspired games. Take a look online at some classic children-friendly experiments that are safe to practice at home, such as the erupting papier-mache volcano. Make a group on OurHood for parents to brainstorm ideas over, and then don’t forget to create an event to make it official.
13th – World Radio Day
‘Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse.’ And did you know that 90% of the music played on SABC is local? So crank up those radios and take in the diverse musical scene of our homeland.
14th – Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is about showing those around you how much you love them. Whether that be your partner, your friends or your neighbours. Picking up some chocolates or flowers for a certain someone? Go local and share the love with your local businesses too.
20th – World Day of Social Justice
The International Labour Organisation estimates that currently about 2 billion people live in fragile and conflict-affected situations. Of these, more than 400 million are aged 15 to 29. This is a day to promote efforts to tackles key issues such as poverty, employment, gender equity and access to social wellbeing and just for all. Job creation, better quality jobs, and better access to jobs have the potential to increase incomes and contribute to a more equal and fairy society.
21st – Maha Shivarati
Maha Shivaratri is pne of the buggest annual celebrations in the Hindu calendar and is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. The festival is celebrated with street performances, colourful masks representing Shiva and colourful paints and lights. Worshipers also fast, pray and sing hymns to Lord Shiva. If you are not celebrating yourself, be sure to wish any neighbours who are a happy Maha Shivarati!
21st – International Mother Language Day
Did you know that every two weeks a language disappears taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage. South Africa has 11 official languages, and most South Africans are fluent in at least two. How many languages are spoken in your neighbourhood? What’s your favourite proverb in your mother tongue? Let us know by using #Ourhoodproverbs and tagging @OurHood on social media.
29th – Leap Day
Leap day has forever been a day of tradition, folklore and superstitions. Start your own tradition this year by inviting your neighbours round for a Leap day braai.
So have a wonderful month – and don’t forget to tag @OurHood in your posts for a chance to be reposted!
The OurHood Team 🙂
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