For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a special, beloved holiday for eating turkey - or a vegetarian main course option - and spending time with friends and family. However, for others, the celebration is deeply controversial - as Thanksgiving has a contentious history that goes far beyond when the first feast was held. In addition to a holiday steeped with cultural appropriation, the period of history in America is frequently white-washed - which leads many Americans to ignore the holiday. Thanksgiving is considered by some to be a "national day of mourning" Like Columbus Day, the holiday is viewed by many to be a celebration of the conquest of Native Americans by colonists. Many Native Americans see Thanksgiving as an embellished narrative of “Pilgrims and Natives looking past their differences” to break bread. Professor Robert Jensen of the University of Texas at Austin said: “One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the … [Read more...] about This is why many Americans don’t celebrate Thanksgiving Day
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GUY Fawkes Night is celebrated by setting off fireworks, but why do we celebrate Bonfire Night? And who is Guy Fawkes? By Ariane Sohrabi-Shiraz / Published 5th November 2018 On November 5 every year places across the UK celebrate Guy Fawkes Night by setting off spectacular firework displays.While it can seem like it is just a great opportunity to come together to have some fun, there is actually a historical reason we do it.We remember the day by saying “Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. We see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.”So why do we need to remember that particular date?Here we take a look at the story behind Guy Fawkes Night, and a closer look at the man behind the treason plot. Related Articles WHITE CHRISTMAS forecasted for UK as odds of snow in YOUR city REVEALED UK weather WARNING: Massive vortex to unleash NON-STOP rain and 50mph winds THIS week Union Jack set on FIRE at Leeds … [Read more...] about Guy Fawkes Night 2018: Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night? Who was Guy Fawkes?
It's a day celebrated by many in the UK by families letting off fireworks and standing around bonfires. But why? We mark Bonfire Night on November 5 every year but it dates all the way back to 1605, when Guy Fawkes’ plot to overthrow King James I failed. Many parks throughout Manchester host giant bonfires and fireworks displays including Heaton Park, Platt Fields Park and Bule Hill Park. So how did it originate? Guy Fawkes was an English catholic, him and 12 others wanted King James to be more tolerant of their religion, and when he wasn’t, they decided to overthrow him and spent months plotting to blow him up during the opening of Parliament on November 5, 1605. This plot is known as the Gunpowder Plot, and although it was lead by Robert Catesby, it is Guy Fawkes who is now remembered for the planned rebellion. After the plot was revealed, bonfires were lit to celebrate the safety of the King and that their plan had failed. Since then November 5 has been known as Bonfire … [Read more...] about Bonfire Night 2018: When is it and why do we celebrate it?
HE stands, sides heaving, hide a steaming lather of fear-soaked sweat, streaming with blood.Maddened and blinded with pain and fear, he lurches around a stadium before a baying crowd.Through a sheen of pain and near-exhaustion, he lowers his head and lumbers towards his tormentor, driven by an instinct too primitive and strong to allow him anything else.It’s an instinct to preserve his life and fight. And it’s a battle he cannot win.We all know how this ends.If the bull does manage to get a horn into and gore or trample his tormentor, the respite will be only brief. No matter how many he takes out, another matador or executioner will rise, and eventually, tortuously take his life.That is the absolute and sickening premise of the annual eight-day Spanish festival of torture in Pamplona which is the running of the bulls.And if you think there’s anything honourable or courageous about being part of it, I’d suggest you’re also the type of person who enjoys … [Read more...] about Why the running of the bulls makes me sick to my stomach
SUMMER sunshine has many of us heading for the nearest swimming pool or sandy beach - but for some parents it reminds them of the most tragic day of their lives. It's something no parent wants to think about, but drowning is one of the highest causes of accidental death among kids in the UK - with 56 children under 11 dying during the last five years. Here three mums tell us their heartbreaking stories… Drowned in garden pond Lucy Herd, 43, from Wokingham, says: My son Jack was mischievous, happy, very chatty, a free spirit, an adventurer. He was well behaved but cheeky. He was happy all the time. I didn’t have any of the terrible twos with him - he was just 23 months old when he died. On August 27, 2010, I was in the kitchen in my old house in Stank, Cumbria. It was a really hot day - like it is now. Jack was sat down doing some drawing in front of the TV and I was doing the washing up when my mum rang. I spoke to her for just a couple of minutes. I looked round … [Read more...] about Three mums share the agony of losing their beloved children to drowning – and why the guilt will never leave them