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On the 6th of February each year, New Zealand celebrates Waitangi Day.  The purpose of this public holiday is to remember the Treaty of Waitangi – our founding…

The origin of Guy Fawkes dates back to 1605 when a group of 12 men tried to blow up Britain’s House of Parliament. Guy Fawkes Night is an…

Tip toe quietly through the night, creeping cautiously, taking fright, ghostly ghouls and pumpkin lights, its Halloween time again tonight…

Youth Week is a week which is set aside every year to celebrate youth. Read about its history, and get ideas for celebrating youth in your area.

Passover is a Jewish festival that is celebrated all over the world. Read about the history of Passover and get ideas for celebrating Passover with your family in…

St. Patrick’s Day is not just about leprechauns and beer, the real reason for St Patrick’s Day is centuries old and definitely worth remembering. Originally a religious holiday,…

The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is an enormous celebration for Chinese people. The New Year celebrations span 15 days from the date of the first full…

Here’s a useful summary of festivals, events and public holidays in New Zealand as well as the  2014 and 2015 dates for each and what each holiday celebrates.

Isn’t it fantastic the way schools these days are placing so much emphasis on Anzac Day and New Zealand’s involvement in the World Wars. It seems to me…