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Hinamatsuri : A Celebration

Hinamatsuri : A Celebration

on February 20th, 2017 in Asia, celebration by | No Comments

On March 3rd, Hinamatsuri, the Doll Festival will be celebrated in Japan. All over the country, people set up the traditional display of dolls. They are inspired from characters and objects from the Edo era court and have much symbolism. On this day every year, families set up a special…


A People’s Journey…

A People’s Journey…

on February 5th, 2017 in celebration, citizenship, education, global citizenship, North America, organization by | No Comments

A Nation’s Story. These are the first words you see when you visit the online information about the National Museum of African American History and Culture. February is Black History Month in the United States. During this month, we are reminded and learn about African-Americans who have contributed to the…


Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster

on January 28th, 2017 in celebration, global citizenship, holidays by | No Comments

Cock-a-doodle-doooooo! Or is it kokekokko? Have you ever wondered how roosters sound in different languages? Today as we celebrate the Chinese New Year, Year of the Fire Rooster, here at purple suitcase we wondered just that.             So join us in a spin around the…


Greet the New Year

Greet the New Year

on January 1st, 2017 in celebration, global citizenship, holidays, seasons by | No Comments

Light the Darkness! All over the world people celebrate the coming of the new year and use this time to both reflect on the past year and light the way to the year ahead.   Here at purple suitcase, we love thinking about the power and symbolism of light… candle…


International Human Rights Day

International Human Rights Day

on December 10th, 2016 in citizenship, education, global citizenship by | No Comments

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world… Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close…


Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos

on October 31st, 2016 in celebration, global citizenship by | No Comments

Día de los Muertos [Day of the Dead] is one of Mexico’s traditional holidays that honors and celebrates ancestors, family, and friends who have passed away. The Mexican Day of the Dead, observed on November 1, combines the Spanish Catholic traditions of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, observed…


Triumph of Good Over Evil

Triumph of Good Over Evil

on October 30th, 2016 in celebration, global citizenship, Graphic design by | No Comments

One of the biggest holidays in Indian culture, Diwali, is a five-day festival of lights celebrated all over the world by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains. This year, Diwali falls on October 30th.The festival symbolizes the victory of knowledge over ignorance and good over evil. The day also honors the return…


Find Your Park – TODAY!

Find Your Park – TODAY!

on August 25th, 2016 in celebration, environment, travel by | No Comments

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the United States National Parks we wanted to share these awesome illustrations “Established in 1916, the National Park Service’s stewardship of the country’s greatest natural and historical treasures is nurtured by people dedicated to the vitality of the nation’s ‘best idea’: its national…


A World Gathering

A World Gathering

on August 5th, 2016 in celebration, global citizenship by | No Comments

  The 2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games kicks off today! It is the first Olympic Games in South America. The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport.   This is not the only first for these games….


Aborigine, Maori, Saami & Zulu

Aborigine, Maori, Saami & Zulu

on July 31st, 2016 in celebration, global citizenship, people by | No Comments

  This month we celebrate the world’s indigenous people. Did you know that an estimated 370 million indigenous people around the world live across over 90 countries.   They speak an overwhelming majority of the globe’s estimated 6,500 languages and represent over 5,000 different cultures. August 9th is International Day…