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Join people around the world on May 1st for May Day / Labor Day celebrations. Check the list below to see when else your global friends might be partying in May. There’s still plenty of time to select a gift featuring an Eritrean design to surprise your Eritrean friends when they celebrate their independence day on May 24th.
May 1: May Day / Labor Day; Constitution Day (Marshall Islands)
May 3: Vesak (Buddha Day)
May 15: Independence Day (Paraguay)
May 17: Constitution Day (Norway)
May 20: Independence Day (East Timor)
May 21: Independence Day (Montenegro)
May 22: Unity Day (Yemen)
May 24: Independence Day (Eritrea)
May 25: Independence Day (Jordan)
May 26: Independence Day (Georgia), (Guyana)
May 28: Derg Downfall Day (Ethiopia); Republic Day (Azerbaijan)
May 29: Republic Day (Nepal)
OK that’s a weak pun, but seriously, your small business ships a lot of items so why not give a shout out to your home state with each package. You can do so with our Faint Flag Shipping Labels, which allow you write or print the delivery addresses over a subtle imprint of a state flag.
The examples shown here are for New Jersey and Florida but they are available for all 50 states so just head over to our Famusa store to find a label for the state of your choice.
In case you missed the recent solar eclipse and you happen to be in the Pacific Rim you’ll have a chance to see a total lunar eclipse on April 4th. Five days later you can show some unity with Georgian friends as they celebrate their National Unity Day. Find something from the FladAndMap Georgian line to bring them good cheer. Several other national celebrations also occur in April as can be seen from the list below.
Apr 1: April Fools’ Day; Islamic Republic Day (Iran)
Apr 3: Passover begins
Apr 4: Total Lunar Eclipse; Independence Day (Senegal)
Apr 5: Easter Sunday (Western Christianity)
Apr 9: National Unity Day (Georgia)
Apr 12: Easter Sunday (Eastern Christianity)
Apr 17: Flag Day (American Samoa); Evacuation Day (Syria)
Apr 18: Independence Day (Zimbabwe)
Apr 23: St. George’s Day (England); Independence Day (Israel)
Apr 26: Union Day (Tanzania)
Apr 27: Freedom Day (South Africa); Independence Day (Togo); Koningsdag (Netherlands); Republic Day (Sierra Leone)
This year there will be a total solar eclipse coinciding with the vernal equinox but you’ll have to travel to the Faroe Islands to experience less than 3 minutes of totality. Alternatively you can stay at home and party with Greek friends as they celebrate their independence day five days later on March 25th. Pick up a FlagAndMap gift featuring a Greek design for this special occasion. Several other national celebrations also occur in March as can be seen from the list below.
Mar 1: Independence Day (Bosnia and Herzegovina); St. David’s Day (Wales)
Mar 6: Holi; Independence Day (Ghana)
Mar 11: Independence Day (Lithuania)
Mar 12: Independence Day (Mauritius)
Mar 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Ireland)
Mar 20: Vernal Equinox; Total Solar Eclipse (Faroe Is.); Independence Day (Tunisia)
Mar 21: Independence Day (Namibia)
Mar 23: Pakistan Day
Mar 25: Independence Day (Greece)
Mar 26: Independence Day (Bangladesh)
Mar 31: Freedom Day (Malta); Transfer Day (US Virgin Islands)
We trust the new year is treating you well so far. FlagAndMap plans to offer designs on a range of exciting new products in 2015, beginning with a new line of ring binders designed to give your office a slightly patriotic feel. In many parts of the world Mardi Gras will be celebrated in the coming month, on February 17, the same day that Kosovars celebrate their independence day. Other notable international dates in February are listed below – find a suitable FlagAndMap gift to help you celebrate using the national links. You can also plan further ahead by viewing the full list of 2015 world events.
Feb 4: National Day (Sri Lanka)
Feb 6: Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
Feb 7: Independence Day (Grenada)
Feb 11: Foundation Day (Japan)
Feb 14: Valentine’s Day
Feb 15: National Day (Serbia)
Feb 16: State Restoration Day (Lithuania)
Feb 17: Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras; Independence Day (Kosovo)
Feb 18: Independence Day (The Gambia)
Feb 19: New Year (Chinese calendar); Losar (Tibet)
Feb 22: Independence Day (Saint Lucia)
Feb 23: National Day (Brunei)
Feb 24: Independence Day (Estonia)
Feb 25: National Day (Kuwait)
Feb 27: Independence Day (Dominican Republic)
Gapminder.org is a website that presents statistics on global economic development in a way that is entertaining and interesting. Their first challenge was to tap into those statistics, which are typically held by organizations such as the United Nations but are not generally presented in a way that captures the imagination. They then developed the Trendalyzer software, which presents that data in time lapse fashion and graphically illustrates key changes over time. Watch some of their videos and you may well come across some recent trends in global development that will surprise you.
It is perhaps something we should all be more knowledgeable about – the sadly astonishing number of deaths caused by human directed activities throughout history. It has become a passion for Matthew White to trawl the available information and tally up which of humanity’s achievements has been the deadliest. His findings are published in his book Atrocitology, which is interesting to delve into but perhaps a bit too depressing to read in full. A brief analysis at the end might challenge a few misconceptions but the number one deadliest event will be no surprise – the second world war with 66 million deaths. Alternatively he suggests that several of the global conflicts during the 20th century could be grouped together as one interconnected ‘hemoclysm’ (Greek for blood flood) causing a total of 150 million deaths.
So is there any hope that the 21st century will be less deadly than the one before? It no doubt helps to understand just how deadly our past activities have been. On the other hand it may also help to recognize mankind’s most life-saving activities, for example the eradication of smallpox must surely have saved millions of lives.
This morning people in the Americas were able to observe a total lunar eclipse, weather permitting. People who reside around the Pacific Rim will have a similar opportunity on October 8. For a list of other noteworthy 2014 international events, including national holidays and religious festivals, check out our list of world events for 2014.
Congratulations to all who took part in the Winter Olympics at Sochi and especially to those from the Russian Federation who pulled off a memorable national team performance. Indeed that nation can be said to have won, no matter how you look at the medals table. As to which nation came second, opinions may differ. We don’t, however, calculate a GDP adjusted ranking for the Winter Olympics as we do for the Summer Olympics because of the rather hard to measure ‘arctic’ or ‘alpine’ factor that impacts performance more than GDP. If a GDP adjustment were made, Norway would clearly be big winners, and they certainly benefit from the ‘arctic’ factor. So for the Winter Olympics we just sit back and enjoy our favorite events, like boardercross.
Q: This Himalayan kingdom is noted for its proactive conservation efforts – it has committed to maintain at least 60% of its territory as forest and has designated more than 40% as protected areas – which nation is it?
find the answer on our Trivia Page – there’s no prize; it’s just a bit of fun; something to stimulate your geographic imagination.