Category Archives: Global Goings On

Global Goings On – December 12, 2012

Silly Season! December 2012 There are many events and celebrations that could be written about at this time of year but as it is the final column of Global Goings On, it seems appropriate to summarise a little and talk about the most widely celebrated time of year on the Gregorian calendar. The holiday season, culminating in Christmas and New Year! All over the world, as we have touched on over the last 12 months, thousands of greatly varying celebrations, festivals, rituals, commemorations, remembrances and more are observed by various nations, regions, political and religious groups and other such organisations. ... [ Read More ]

Global Goings On – November 14, 2012

World AIDS Day December 1, 2012 It is estimated that more than 33 million people worldwide are infected with the HIV virus and more than 30 million people have died from complications arising out of the escalated form of AIDS, since the early 1980’s. These are shocking statistics for a terminal disease that is highly preventable and it is therefore one of the key aims of the annual World AIDS Day to educate people about reducing the risk of contracting or passing on this terrible illness. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the final stage of the preceding human immunodefiency ... [ Read More ]

Global Goings On – October 17, 2012

End of Berlin Wall and Unification, November 9, 1989 In mid August, 1961, the divisive and infamous Berlin Wall was erected in the cover of night. 28 years later, it was brought down just as quickly as it went up and it’s demise was celebrated the world over. Following the defeat of the Hitler led Germany in World War II, the country was divided up among the four leading powers of the Allies, Britain, France, United States and the Soviet Union. The intention was to rebuild and unite Germany but the relationship between the Soviets Union and the other allies ... [ Read More ]

Global Goings On – September 19, 2012

Oktoberfest Sept 22 – October 7, 2012 As the high tourist season in Bali draws to an end, the party is just amping up in Germany with the annual beer festival, Oktoberfest… You know the one? The festival that is responsible for the world’s stereotypical perception of Germans as beer drinking folk, served by gorgeous girls with long plaits donning sexy versions of the traditional Bavarian costumes! This lighthearted festival has caught on around the world with countries such as Canada, Australia, USA, Ireland, Hong Kong, Columbia and even Palestine all conducting official celebrations of their own, many based on ... [ Read More ]

Global Goings On – August 22, 2012

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, 23 August Slavery is now commonly reflected upon as abhorrent, an ugly stain on the history of our global society, yet sadly, it took a few hundred years to reach that conclusion.This day commemorates the entire period of slavery and eventual abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, as it is historically known, the trading of exclusively black people for labour purposes such as plantation farming,          mining, logging or house service. The victims came mostly from the central and western parts of Africa and were shipped to the America’s ... [ Read More ]

Global Goings On – July 25, 2012

Hiroshima Peace Ceremony, August 6, 2012 On the 6th of August, the Japanese will hold the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony to mark the day and honour the victims of the most significant military operation in our history and ‘pray for the realisation of world peace’. In 1945, after the European arm of the Second World War had finally come to an end, the conflict in the Pacific persisted until the unprecedented event of a nuclear attack was unleashed by the United States over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. The significance of these attacks not only from ... [ Read More ]

Global Goings On – June 27, 2012

Running of the Bulls July 7 – 14, 2012 It’s that time of year again in Spain, when the annual San Fermin fiesta will take over Pamplona and the biggest attraction is the outrageous ‘encierro’ through the cobblestone streets of the town, better known to most of the world as ‘the running of the bulls’. There will be several injuries and maybe even fatality as the event has proven throughout it’s centuries long history, but this is no deterrent for thousands of participants from all over the world, chomping at the bit for the chance to partake in such a ... [ Read More ]

Global Goings On – May 30, 2012

June Solstice – June 20, 2012 Solstices are biannual, astronomical occurrences when the Sun appears at its highest or lowest elevation in the sky from the earth. On account of the moving position of the Earth’s tilted rotation axes during the 365 day progression of it’s orbit around the Sun, the Suns north to south orientation alters. It’s this process that is responsible for the seasons and as such, the maximum tilt of the Earth’s equator corresponds to the solstices each year. The equator is really an imaginary line, conjured up by scientists and applied in dividing up the globe ... [ Read More ]

Global Goings On – May 02, 2012

Let me begin by saying that I didn’t set out with any world peace theme in mind for this months column but while the April calendar was brimming with diverse ‘global goings on’, from Easter to Kartini Day, May seems to encompass more earnest observances such as the ones I’ve chosen to share here… V-E Day – May 8, 2012 World War II meant different things for different countries involved and it is on and around this day that many of those participating nations celebrate victory in Europe (VE) or Liberation Day, commemorating that momentous time in history when the ... [ Read More ]

Global Goings On – April 04, 2012

KARTINI DAY – April 21, 2012 Raden Ajeng Kartini was considered a pioneering feminist in her short lifetime and her legacy still endures as is acknowledged by the national celebration of her birthday on April 21. She was born in 1879, the fifth of eleven children to an aristocratic family in Java and was granted some privilege at the time in being educated until the age of 12. She became fluent in Dutch at a time when Java was still a part of the Dutch East Indies and native Indonesian women were heavily constrained in terms of development so this ... [ Read More ]