Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards. The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. 


Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Islamic officials in Malaysia warned Muslims against celebrating Valentine's Day, linking it with vice activities. The celebration of this romantic love was "not suitable" for Muslims. Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), which oversees the country's Islamic policies said a fatwa (ruling) issued by the country's top clerics in 2005 noted the day 'is associated with elements of Christianity,' and 'we just cannot get involved with other religion's worshipping rituals.' 

Jakim officials plan to carry out a nationwide campaign called "Awas Jerat Valentine's Day"("Mind the Valentine's Day Trap"), aimed at preventing Muslims from celebrating the day on 14 February 2011. Activities include conducting raids in hotels to stop young couples from having unlawful sex and distributing leaflets to Muslim University students warning them against the day.

Although this celebration not suitable for muslims, but it still celebrated by non-muslims. You will see the sweet celebrating will held at restaurant, the cinema full sit, gifts for this celebration more expensive than usual, especially the flower - rose.

 

"You are unique
You are caring and
You are the Best. 
And I am the luckiest to have you in my life!
Happy Valentine's Day my sweet heart!"

 

 

 

 

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International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day is marked on the 8th of March every year. It is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements.

Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. In many regions, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and St Valentine's Day. In other regions, however, the original political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

The first IWD was observed on 19 March 1911 in Germany following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. The idea of having an international women's day was first put forward at the turn of the 20th century amid rapid world industrialization and economic expansion that led to protests over working conditions.

In 1910, Second International held the first international women's conference in Copenhagen (in the labour-movement building located at Jagtvej 69, which until recently housed Ungdomshuset). An 'International Women's Day' was established. It was suggested by the important German Socialist Clara Zetkin, although no date was specified. However, soon thereafter, on March 25, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City killed over 140 garment workers. A lack of safety measures was blamed for the high death toll. Furthermore, on the eve of World War I, women across Europe held peace rallies on 8 March 1913. In the West, International Women's Day was first observed in the 1970s.

 

 

On this day it is customary for men to give the women in their lives - mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters, colleagues, etc. - flowers and small gifts. In some countries (such as Romania) it is also observed as an equivalent of Mother's Day, where children also give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers. Women sometimes get gifts from their employers too. Schoolchildren often bring gifts for their teachers as well.

In 1975, which had been designated as International Women’s Year, the United Nations gave official sanction to and began sponsoring International Women's Day.

 

 

 

 

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The Qingming Festival, Pure Brightness Festival or Clear Bright Festival, Ancestors Day or Tomb Sweeping Day is a traditional Chinese festival, usually occurring around April 5 of calendar. The Qingming festival falls on the first day of the fifth solar term, named Qingming. It is the day Chinese who practise ancestral worship go to the graves or places of remembrance of their departed to clean up and perform rites of respect and offering. 

Qingming has a tradition stretching back more than 2,500 years. Its origin is credited to the Tang Emperor Xuanzong in 732. Wealthy citizens in China were reportedly holding too many extravagant and ostentatiously expensive ceremonies in honour of their ancestors. Emperor Xuanzong, seeking to curb this practice, declared that respects could be formally paid at ancestors' graves only on Qingming. The observance of Qingming found a firm place in Chinese culture and continued uninterrupted for over two millennia.

The rites have a long tradition in Asia, especially among farmers. Some people carry willow branches with them on Qingming, or put willow branches on their gates and/or front doors. They believe that willow branches help ward off the evil spirit that wanders on Qingming.

Despite having no holiday status in Malaysia, Chinese take this festival seriously and observe its traditions faithfully. It is a time of reflecton and to honour and give thanks to their forefathers. Normally they visit the graves of their recently deceased relatives on the nearest weekend to the actual date, 10 days before and after the actual date. Qingming also the New Year celebration for "them".

 

 
 

 

Qingming normally starts early in the morning. The preparation and compilation of food and beverages (an elaborate one would include rice, a set of sam phuay or dishes, koay or local cakes, boiled meat like whole chicken and pork, boiled eggs, fruit, tea, rice wine and things that the departed used to like -- his favourite cigar, for example), and other essentials like kim chua and gin chua (paper gold and silver folded in the shape of bullions), they are also modern paper-made of daily use including tooth brush, shampoo, hair dryer, cosmetic, etc. and prayer material like candles and joss sticks.

Ridding the graves of weeds on or before Cheng Beng day is usually done by the relatives or contracted out, for an annual fee, to people who work in the cemetery. These caretakers could also top up the soil to retain the traditional hump of the Chinese grave, even tek chua meaning place paper securely under a weight. At the start of the ritual, while the food and prayer material are being laid out below the tombstone and at the tay choo kong (“spiritual guardian of the land”) mini altar, relatives would put yellow and plain rice paper, weighed down by pebbles, on the graves or plant colourful flags.

 

 

Two coins are used to communicate with the departed is called puak puay. After everything has been laid out, one of the elder relatives would invite the departed to come over. To know if they have arrived, the relatives would toss and read two coins before the gravestone (head and tail means “yes”, head-head and tail-tail mean “no”). Once their presence has been signaled, joss sticks would be lit. The descendants, two hands clasped over the joss sticks before the gravestone, would communicate whatever they like with their ancestors. After that, they would plant the joss sticks into sand-filled containers. A while later, usually when the joss sticks are half burnt, the ancestors would be asked on their progress of the meal -- also using the coins (head and tail means “yes, we are done with the meal”, head-head means “no” and tail-tail means “we are happy”. This happiness or joy would be attributed by the descendants to some recent event or the presence of some people at the ritual. 

After the meal is over, the kim chua and gin chua would be set on fire and sent to the heavens for the ancestors. The pineapple (in Hokkien called ong lai – “ong” means luck, “lai” means come), symbolising luck, is then cut into three pieces. The “head” is placed on the tombstone. The “stump” is placed at the other end of the grave. Finally, the skin is shaved off over the grave. The remaining juicy flesh is taken home to be eaten by the family.

After the ceremony, the relatives would split up the food, pack up and go for a meal together before going their separate ways.

 

 

 

 

 

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Labour Day or Labor Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

This day also a celebration of the international labour movement and left-wing movements. It commonly sees organized street demonstrations and marches by working people and their labour unions throughout most of the world. May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries. It is also celebrated unofficially in many other countries.

Malaysia started observing the holiday in 1972 following an announcement by the late Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Ismail Abdul Rahman.

 

 

 

 

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