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Mother's Day Around the World

Posted by April Pugh on 29-Mar-2019 09:00:00



Perhaps you have noticed the posters, flowers, cards and adverts around the city recently. You may be asking yourself, what is the special occasion? The answer is: it is Mother’s Day in the UK on the 31st March 2019. This day gives us the chance to celebrate mothers and grandmothers. Whilst this tradition is widely acknowledged around the world, each country has its own local customs.

South Korea and Japan

May 8th is designated as Parents’ Day in South Korea. Traditionally children make red carnation flowers out of paper and give them to their parents to wear. On this day, you will see lots of adults walking around public places, proudly wearing their flowers.

Japan also celebrates Mother’s Day in May, on the second Sunday. Similarly, red carnations are given as gifts to mothers by their children. Whilst, meals on this day are based on eggs, such as tamagoyaki and chawanmushi.

Why carnations? I hear you ask – well, carnations are steeped in history, dating back more than 2,000 years, and have been used as a symbol for love, motherhood, good luck, admiration and affection.


Second only to Christmas, Mother’s Day is an extremely popular occasion in Brazil. It is celebrated with big family barbecues, going to church and special children’s performances.


Here, Mother’s Day comes at the end of the rainy season, forming part of the Antrosht festival. When the sunny weather arrives, families celebrate with a feast. Traditionally, the families’ daughters and sons bring an array of different vegetables, spices, cheeses and meats to enjoy.  


Mother’s Day is celebrated alongside a special Hindu festival in October called Durga Puja. During this festival, people celebrate the goddess Durga (Divine Mother). Friends and family gather together during this time to rejoice the triumph of good over evil.


In Peru, another mother takes centre stage in the celebrations - Mother Nature (Pachamama). The Andean population honor her on Martes de Challa by burying food, throwing sweets and burning incense.


Finally, here in the UK, Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent each year. Lent is a period of fasting before Easter. It was often known as ‘Refreshment Sunday,’ because strict Lent fasting rules were set aside for this occasion.

Children would traditionally bake a Simnel cake, known as a ‘mothering cake’, and pick flowers for their mother.


So, as we have learnt, Mother’s Day is more than just another commercial holiday. It has deep roots that connect families, communities, cultures to one another and our natural environment.

#motheringsunday #mothersday2019 #lovemothernature



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Lena - not goodbye, but see you again!

Posted by April Pugh on 14-Mar-2019 15:13:56


'See you again! never Goodbye'

It is unbelievable, but my time in Cardiff is coming to an end as I will be flying back to Germany on Sunday afternoon. Not only will I take with me the many new clothes I bought in St David’s shopping centre, but also lots of wonderful memories and a wealth of experience.

Before I came to Cardiff to start my internship at Celtic, I was scared. Although I’ve spent some time abroad before, and although I have been teaching German for three years in Germany, I still thought I might not be able to meet the requirements of doing an academic internship in a well-known language school. I was also anxious about my host family and my colleagues: Will they be friendly? Will I understand them when they talk to me? Will I have to make them coffee all day?

After six weeks, I can now say with certainty that my fear was much ado about nothing. I’ve stayed with a perfect host family. They’ve been welcoming and friendly since the beginning and I’ve felt completely at home in their house. They took me to Quantum Fitness, an entertaining gym where you don’t need to sign a contract (so you might want to go there if you stay for a shorter period of time) and we worked out together. They also took me to Barry Island and the Cardiff Bay Barrage and showed me around like tourist guides. And, each Sunday, they took me to the Bowls Club, where I got to know both the sport (which we don’t have in Germany), and many kind-hearted elderly people. Staying in homestay has been a wonderful experience for me and I hope I will return to Cardiff to visit my second family again!

I’ve also enjoyed my work at Celtic. Everyone has been so friendly towards me – office staff, teachers, and students. I’ve never walked up and down as many stairs in one day before and I’ve never spent as much time in the rain, but nevertheless I’ve loved working at Celtic and I am really sad to leave! What I’ve enjoyed most has been all the interacting with students. I’ve loved working in the classroom as a teaching assistant as well as helping with student enquiries in the office (giving out the books from the small office library was fun) and going on trips with the groups. It was also interesting to look behind the scenes, too. I found out how the attendance is reported; how new students are uploaded to the Celtic online platform; and how the starters are processed every week. Thank you to the staff at Celtic who have been friendly and helpful at all times, I’ve enjoyed my internship a lot!

All I have left to say now is “Auf Wiedersehen” – it is German and does not mean “Goodbye”, but “See you again!”

#NewFriends #FindYourEpic #LearnEnglishinWales 













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Lena - my experience of International Women's Day in Germany

Posted by April Pugh on 08-Mar-2019 08:00:00


International Women’s Day 8th March

Every year on the 8th of March, the International Women’s Day is celebrated all around the world. In some countries, this day is just as important as Mother’s Day. Flowers, chocolate or other gifts are given to women to celebrate their day and in some countries the International Women’s Day is a public holiday, so people don’t have to work on that day. But what is this day about? I will tell you some facts about the International Women’s Day and how I celebrated it last year.

The first Women’s Day was celebrated 110 years ago, on the 28th of February 1909. It was organised by the American Socialist Party and was limited to New York City. Others picked up the idea and soon the day was celebrated annually on the 8th of March, although at first mainly by socialist and communist groups. This changed when in 1975 the International Women’s Day was adopted by the United Nations.

The International Women’s Day has different purposes in different countries. In some places, it is a way of protesting against the inequality between men and women, unfair laws or the absence of human rights. In other countries, such as in the UK, it is a day to celebrate womanhood and, especially, the strong women who have fought and are fighting for their rights. That women in the UK nowadays can vote, choose any profession they like and have the same rights as men should not be taken for granted. To be honest, the International Women’s Day is not of great importance in Germany. Since I live in a smaller town, there are no events taking place and the International Women’s Day is just another ordinary day. But last year, it was really special for me.

I teach German as a foreign language in Germany and many of my students are refugees from countries such as Syria, Iraq or Eritrea. I had prepared a normal lesson for the 8th of March last year – but the female students in my class had other plans. It was very special for them to spend the International Women’s Day in Germany because women and men are equal in Germany: women can be teachers and lawyers and politicians, and with Angela Merkel we have a female leader of our country. So, when my students came into the classroom in the morning, they not only were wearing their finest clothes, but also they had cooked and baked traditional dishes from their countries. Instead of studying German grammar, we then spent the day discussing the differences between our countries, especially the treatment of women, their rights and their career perspectives. The students told me that they loved Germany because of the many possibilities they were given and that they wanted to celebrate Women’s Day because they finally felt strong and well-educated. After all what has happened to them, they said they were proud to be women in Germany. I was very happy that they celebrated the International Women’s Day with me – they showed me that I was privileged to live in a country where women can achieve the same as men. And they also showed me that the International Women’s Day is important to raise awareness because not every woman is as privileged as I am.

















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#CelticWalks Competition

Posted by Edita Sapcanovic on 06-Jun-2018 10:17:26

Last month, we celebrated "Walk to School Week" and we are delighted to see more and more students and staff joining in. To mark this campaign, our intern, Edita shares her personal favourite places on her way to Celtic English Academy. 

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What's on in Cardiff in the summer

Posted by Edita Sapcanovic on 02-Jun-2018 08:15:00

I moved to Cardiff three weeks ago. I’ve already seen a lot and I’m impressed by the city. But there’s still so much to discover and so I decided to search for some interesting events coming up in the next three months.

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Vegetarian restaurants in Cardiff

Posted by Edita Sapcanovic on 24-May-2018 09:45:31

3.25% of the population in the U.K is vegetarian. In my home country Germany it’s even higher with 9% of the population being vegetarian. Last week we celebrated National Vegetarian Weekand I decided to eat veggie food for a week.  I went to two vegetarian restaurants in Cardiff and I thought I would share my experience of both with you.

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What to do over the Easter Holiday in Cardiff

Posted by Edyta Kadula on 30-Mar-2018 11:26:00

Easter is nearly upon us and it’s a good time to be in Wales.  There is plenty to do and see over the Easter holidays, so you will not be disappointed. So, let’s see what you can do in and around Cardiff.

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British Science Week

Posted by Mila on 15-Mar-2018 12:44:27

Yesterday we lost one of the most popular scientists of our time: Stephen Hawking. The British researcher was known for his work on relativity and black holes. He wrote many popular science books like A Brief History of Time. As he said, “Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion”.

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Inspirational Women in Celtic English Academy

Posted by Mila on 09-Mar-2018 12:49:29


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Happy St David’s Day

Posted by Mila on 01-Mar-2018 13:34:00

A few days ago I went to the supermarket and found this:

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