Let's Celebrate

Let's Celebrate


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In this issue we’re celebrating celebrations: from the most obscure themes that have a special day dedicated to them (yes, there's actually an Eat Brussels Sprouts Day!), New Years Eve traditions around the world, and Poland's wacky day of Smingus-Dyngus! We also consider if Australia Day is a way to celebrate Indigenous resilience. Grab your party popper and join us! 


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Let's Celebrate Timeline
From an ancient Babylonian rituals around the coming of Spring to the birthday parties of Roman gods, and Ramadan, Diwali and Bastille Day too - everybody loves a good celebration!

Celebrate Every Date
By Jessica Fallico
If you're wondering what to celebrate on August 6 or September 19, look no further than our rhyming guide to special days dedicated to ordinary things!

Happy New Year
By Eleanor Hughes
While you're watching the fireworks and maybe having a barbecue with family and friends, the people of Scotland, Italy, Spain, South America and the Philippines will be ringing in the new year in entirely different ways!

Australia Day: Celebration or Commiseration?
By Lucy Singer
Australia Day has been on the news lately. Some say Australia Day is a great celebration exactly as it is, some say it should be celebrated on a different day that is more respectful of Indigenous Australians. What do you think?

Smingus-Dyngus: Poland's Wacky Water Day
By Erin Ulerich
Grab a water gun and a bucket: Smingus-Dyngus is not a day for staying dry!

Martin Cash: Three Strikes, Not Out
By Penny Garnsworthy
Everybody can turn over a new leaf. Martin Cash, a very naughty convict who became a respected police officer in Tasmania, knows a thing or two about that! 

So... You Found a Bog Body
By Kate McAllan
Your step-by-step guide to the completely improbable event that you stumble upon a bog body in the schoolyard...

Magic in Ancient Egypt
By Kate Barry
They weren't pulling rabbits out of hats, but the ancient Egyptians were no strangers to spells, potions and curses!

Fowl Fortune
By Alanah O’Halloran, 13 (Junior Historian)
Alanah walks us through the ancient Roman obsession with chickens in her winning entry to the HistoriCool Junior Historian competition.

HistoriCool Artifact: Medieval Man Catcher
This man catcher is not something to bring to your recess game of tiggy...

HistoriCool Person: John Flynn: Flynn of the Inland
The man behind Australia's incredible Royal Flying Doctors' Service has an incredible story too!

The Gory Story: Just Like a Chocolate Milkshake, Only Pooey
In the 19th century, people in England were getting sick by the thousands, until one man realised the stomach-churning cause...

History in the Headlines: Nosey Dogs Sniff Out Earhart Clues
Amelia Earhart disappeared during her attempt to be the first female pilot to circumnavigate Earth in 1937. Could her mysterious final resting place be any closer to being solved?

My History: with Professor Henry Reynolds
If you love history maybe you could make a career out of it just like historian, Professor Henry Reynolds! Henry talks us through what it takes to be a historian and shares some of his career highlights.

HistoriCook: The Worldwide Spread of Gingerbread
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without gingerbread! But how did it become so linked to this festive celebration?

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