The calendar below shows special events that are taking place in July 2015. Use these as the starting point for learning about different topics!
Click on any underlined links to find related resources that you can use in the classroom. National events are based in the UK, unless otherwise indicated.
|Asala - Dharma Day (2nd)
The anniversary of the start of Buddha's teaching - his first sermon, "The Wheel of Truth", after his enlightenment.
|Independence Day (4th)
Independence Day is celebrated across the United States as the anniversary of the 4th of July 1776. On this day the USA declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
|Tour de France (4th-26th)
The Tour de France is the world's most prestigious cycling road race.
|World Population Day (11th)
World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues.
|British Open (13th to 19th)
The British Open Championship is the oldest of the four major golf championships. In 2014 it will be held at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. The official site has lots of related information about this event.
|Bastille Day (14th)
The French National Day, commemorating the storming of the Bastille Prison in 1789.
|St. Swithin's Day (15th)
On St. Swithin's Day, people watch the weather. Tradition says that whatever the weather is like on St. Swithin's Day, it will continue for the next forty days.
|Mandela Day (18th)
Mandela Day aims to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better. "Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day." The Mandela Day site has lots of useful ideas and resources.
The end of Ramadan when Muslims celebrate the end of fasting and thank Allah for His help with their month-long act of self-control.
|World Swimming Championships (24th July to 9th August)
The World Swimming Championships promotes aquatic sports, with competitors from around the world.
|Special Olympics World Summer Games(25th July to 2nd August)
Special Olympics unites the world through sports in a celebration of the abilities and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities.
|National Parks Week (27th July to 2nd August)
A celebration of the places, people and things found within the National Parks in the UK..
|International Day of Friendship (30th)
International Day of Friendship is a day for celebrating friendship and encouraging solidarity and reconciliation.
Dates have been checked carefully, but please double-check yourself if you are planning any events based on this information. Thank you to Sam C for her help with researching many of these events.
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