Culture Corner

Melbourne Cup Day and Culture Day in Japan

If you work in Australia outside the State of Victoria, you are probably taking a ‘sickie’ today. The Melbourne Cup horse race, always held on the first Tuesday of November

Chung Yeung

The festival has many names: Autumn Remembrance, Festival of High Places, and Double-Ninth. Just like the Ching Ming Festival, which happens every spring

Hangul Day

Every 9 October is Hangul Day, a national holiday in South Korea to celebrate the invention of Hangul and its adoption as the official alphabet of the Korean language by Korean

Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday in India. Jayanti means jubilee, and this holiday falls on the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday in 1869, to celebrate his contribution to world peace.

Galungan Day

Galungan Day in 2020 falls on 16 September and is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. It marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth and is related to Diwali,

National Heroes Day in the Philippines

In the Philippines, the National Heroes Committee was established in 1993 under President Fidel Ramos, and the last Monday in August is designated as National Heroes’ Day, a public holiday.

Awal Muharram (Islamic lunar new year)

Awal Muharram, the beginning of the new Hijrah year, is a historic occasion for Muslims around the world. While traditions for Awal Muharram will vary from country to country, it is a public holiday in most Islamic countries, including Malaysia and Indonesia.

Mountain Day – Japan

Mountain Day (山の日) is the newest of Japan’s public holidays, the first instance being in 2016. The legislation states that Mountain Day is intended is to provide “opportunities to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains”.

Full Moon of Waso

This day, the first full moon of the fourth month in the Burmese calendar, commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon to five monks in the Deer Park in Benares, India and the founding of the Buddhist sangha (monkhood) about 2,500 years ago.

Hari Raya Haji

Hari Raya Haji, meaning ‘great day of the haj’ in Malay, is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim