A Long Weekend Ready To Celebrate The Queen’s Birthday In WA In September

Three ladies sitting on a bench admiring the Indian Ocean

All Australians and Western Australia is not the exception love to take a day off whenever there is an opportunity to enjoy the company of our family or friends and this time; we are having a long weekend to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

When I first arrived in Perth, I often questioned why Western Australia celebrates the Queen’s birthday in September while in other states it usually falls in June.

But before I tell you why Western Australia celebrates the Queen’s Birthday in September, I would like to share a short history of it.

History of Australia

As you probably already know, The British colony of New South Wales was established with the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 vessels under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip in January 1788. That was the first year that the Monarch’s birthday was celebrated in the new country.

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What Happens on Mexican Independence Day 2019?

Mexican children wearing Mariachi customs

Even though I have been away from Mexico, the country I was born, for over 30 years, I still have close connections with all my family and friends who are very much part of my daily life.

So I thought it would be a good time to share what happens in Mexico on Independence Day and why it is such a momentous occasion.

The month of September is referred to as “el Mes de la Patria” (month of the homeland).

Mexico commemorates a proclamation by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla on September 16th 1810, in the village of Dolores, near Guanajuato.

On September 15 at 11 p.m., the eve of Independence Day, the President of Mexico rings a bell from the balcony of the Mexican National Palace. He yells to the crowd below and they respond by saying Viva. This goes on until after a third time, everyone yells “Viva Mexico.” The people then wave flags and ring noisemakers. The Mexican anthem is sung and fireworks are set off to light up the sky.

On September 16th, a military parade takes place in Mexico City.

Brass bands fill the streets and governors re-enact “El Grito,” or the famous cry for freedom in major government palaces.

It is a big celebration for Mexicans with plenty of parties, festive decorations, parades, music, fireworks and plenty of traditional food.

History of Mexican Independence Day 

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26th January a Controversial Australia’s National Day

Australian Flag over Swan River

Every year, on the 26 January Australia Day is a national public holiday, where thousands of families and friends gathered to bring the country together. It reflects the nation’s diversity of people in Australia’s history.

Australia’s major cities come together as a nation, and the City of Perth is one of those cities. I am fortunate to live close to the celebration zone at the Sir James Mitchell Park on the beautiful South Perth foreshore.

Families, youth and seniors from a wide range of demographics come from all over the city to the celebration zone to enjoy the free activities, rides, cultural group performances and entertainment for all ages. It is a smoke and alcohol-free with plenty of food to enjoy.

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The Remarkable Effect of Gratitude and Appreciation

Autum leaves

“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.”  – Michael Josephson

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, affection and delicious meals. Today, our youngest son, his lovely wife, her family and all the US are celebrating with family and friends. But regardless of where we are and where we live or which holidays we celebrate, we can all agree that gratitude and appreciation make the world a much better place.

We have experience how precious this special day represents for them. We lived in San Diego for four years, and our son has been living in America for over ten years. We feel a great connection to the USA. Continue reading “The Remarkable Effect of Gratitude and Appreciation”

Halloween vs Day of Dead. A Celebration of Life.

Pumpkin and Candles

Happy Halloween! How are you planning to enjoy this holiday? People around the world celebrate it, but if you are in America,  it is going to be a big day.

Children dress up and go ‘trick-or-treat’ door-to-door. Some families decorate their homes and gardens in Halloween style, and many adults dress up to go out with their children, attend costume parties or may watch horror films.

Whereas Halloween, October 31,  is a dark night of spookiness and mischief. Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos), November 2, is a celebration of life and death. And although related, the two annual events differ vastly in traditions and nature. Continue reading “Halloween vs Day of Dead. A Celebration of Life.”