Friday, May 25, 2012

Eastern Europe

The countries of Eastern Europe cover a large geographic area. This map shows Eastern Europe. Below the map you will find labels for specific regions.

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Eastern Europe Map

Eastern Europe Map
© Digital Vector Maps - Modified by Kerry Kubilius

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Teacher's Day

Kuala Lumpur: Google has come up with its doodle today May 16, 2012 in Malaysia with a theme Happy Teacher’s Day.
However, the Teachers Day is celebrated across the world on October 5 every year but today the day is being celebrated in Malaysia.
This date was chosen because on the same day in 1956, the Federal Legislative Council of the Federation of Malaya endorsed the Razak Report, one of four reports of the Education Committee regarding education in Malaysia.
The document, known as the Razak Report after Tun Abdul Razak who was Education Minister at the time, has been the basis of education in Malaysia ever since. Although it is not an official school holiday, celebrations are usually held on May 16, or earlier, if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
UNESCO has recognised the day by adopting the “Recommendation concerning the status of teachers” and World Teachers’ Day has been celebrated annually on October 5.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother's Day

Mother's Day was brought about because of one woman's determination to honor her Mother back in 1907. Anna M. Jarvis asked the preacher to speak in her mother's memory at a church service in West Virginia in May of 1907. At this service, Anna gave 500 white carnations to the attendants. Then, the following year the church bell rang 72 times representing each year of the life of her mother. Anna's mother had organized Mother's Work Clubs in West Virginia towns before the civil war started, and she also organized a Mother's Friendship Day to help with the healing of the past war scars and bad feelings brought on by this terrible war. So, Anna started a campaign to create a formal holiday by writing letters and lobbying congressmen. And West Virginia became the first state to have an official Mother's Day in 1910. Four years later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day a national holiday in 1914. The actual day was set for the 2nd Sunday in May.
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