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Using biomimicry to study the applications of bioluminescence has potential in a wide variety of fields, including defense, medicine, and even urban planning. The Cambridge researchers, for example, "imagined that perhaps in the future, rather than erecting streetlights, people might be able to plant glowing trees," according to one member of the team. Here, trees and streetlights interact in a lovely, long-term exposure of the famous Champs-Elysees in Paris, France.

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Happy Diwali
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Happy Diwali

Diwali is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: autumn, diaspora, diwali, festivals, hinduism, holidays, india
Earth Day
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Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual celebration that honors the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 in the United States and on either April 22 or the day the spring equi...

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: climate change, conservation, earth day, environment, holidays, international organizations
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
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Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Learn a little about the festivities, food, calendars, and colors of Chinese New Year.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: china, chinese new year, culture, festivals, food, holidays, symbols
Holiday Movie Geography Quick Quiz
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Holiday Movie Geography Quick Quiz

How well can you navigate holiday movies? Take our easy, five-question quiz to find out.

  • Best for: Grades 8+ (ages 13+)
  • Concepts: geography, holidays, movies
Holiday Musical Geography Quick Quiz
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Holiday Musical Geography Quick Quiz

How well can you navigate winter holiday music? Take our easy, five-question quiz to find out.

  • Best for: Grades 8-12 (ages 13-18)
  • Concepts: geography, holidays, music
Holiday Characters Quick Quiz
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Holiday Characters Quick Quiz

How well do you know the geographic origins of your favorite holiday characters? Take our easy, five-question quiz to find out.

  • Best for: Grades 3-11 (ages 8-17)
  • Concepts: geography, holidays, pop culture
Holiday History Quick Quiz
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Holiday History Quick Quiz

How much do you know about December holiday history? Take our easy, five-question quiz to find out.

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: history, holidays
Hanukkah Quick Quiz
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Hanukkah Quick Quiz

How well do you know Hanukkah? Take our easy, five-question quiz to find out.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: hanukkah, holidays, judaism, traditions
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
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Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

More than just an eating contest, this annual Fourth of July event is an American immigrant success story.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: fourth of july, history, holidays, hot dogs, immigration, independence, new york city
First Kwanzaa Celebrated
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First Kwanzaa Celebrated

On December 26, 1966, Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor in Long Beach, California, created the African American celebration of Kwanzaa.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: africa, african americans, celebrations, heritage, holidays, kwanzaa, symbols
A Christmas Carol is Published
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A Christmas Carol is Published

On December 19, 1843, the short novel A Christmas Carol, by English author Charles Dickens, was published for the first time.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: a christmas carol, books, holidays, media
Thanksgiving
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Thanksgiving

On November 26, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving, celebrated the fourth Thursday in November, a national holiday.

  • Best for: Grades 4-11 (ages 9-17)
  • Concepts: celebrations, christianity, food, holidays, thanksgiving, united states
Guy Fawkes Day
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Guy Fawkes Day

On November 5, 1605, Catholic revolutionary Guy Fawkes was arrested while trying to bomb the Houses of Parliament in London, England. Guy Fawkes Day celebrates the failure of this “Gunpowder Plot.”

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: catholicism, dissent, england, government, gunpowder plot, guy fawkes day, holidays
International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples
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International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples

On August 9, 1994, the United Nations first recognized the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

  • Best for: Grades 2+ (ages 7+)
  • Concepts: civil rights, culture, holidays, human rights, indigenous peoples, land use, united nations
Simon Bolivar Day
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Simon Bolivar Day

On July 24, 1783, Simon Bolivar was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Today, the day is celebrated as Simon Bolivar Day throughout Latin America.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: colonialism, holidays, independence, simon bolivar, south america, spain
Juneteenth
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Juneteenth

On June 19, 1866, former Texas slaves celebrated a year of emancipation with the “Juneteenth” holiday.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: african americans, air resistance, celebrations, freedom, holidays, texas
International Nurses’ Day
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International Nurses’ Day

On May 12, 1974, the world first celebrated International Nurses’ Day, honoring the contributions nurses make to global health and prosperity.

  • Best for: Grades 4-10 (ages 9-16)
  • Concepts: health care, holidays, nurses
International Museum Day
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International Museum Day

On May 18, 1977, the world first celebrated International Museum Day.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: celebrations, culture, museums
Cinco de Mayo
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Cinco de Mayo

On May 5, 1863, Americans first celebrated Cinco de Mayo, a tribute to Mexican-American identity and democracy.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: cinco de mayo, holidays, latinos, mexico, united states
April Fools’ Day
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April Fools’ Day

On April 1, people in many Western cultures celebrate April Fools’ Day by playing harmless pranks on each other.

  • Best for: Grades 2-10 (ages 7-16)
  • Concepts: april fools' day, europe, holidays, humor, jokes
International Day of Forests
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International Day of Forests

On March 21, 2012, the United Nations proclaimed the International Day of Forests, drawing attention to woodlands from the rain forests of the Amazon to the cloud forests of the Pacific Northwest. 

  • Best for: Grades 2-12 (ages 7-18)
  • Concepts: conservation, forests, holidays, sustainability, trees, united nations
Cesar Chavez Day
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Cesar Chavez Day

On March 31, 1927, Mexican American labor organizer Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona. Today, several states recognize March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day.

  • Best for: Grades 2-12 (ages 7-18)
  • Concepts: agriculture, auroras, civil rights, farmworkers, holidays, labor, latinos, ufw, united states
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, 1762, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City, although the day had been a popular celebration for years.

  • Best for: Grades 2-12 (ages 7-18)
  • Concepts: celebrations, culture, holidays, immigration, ireland, myths, quarks
World Storytelling Day
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World Storytelling Day

On March 20, 1991, the nation of Sweden was the first to mark World Storytelling Day. Today thousands of people around the world celebrate the art of oral storytelling.

  • Best for: Grades K-12 (ages 5-18)
  • Concepts: celebrations, communications, culture, language, storytelling, traditions