May 2: Orthodox Easter
May 9: Mothers Day
May 12-13: Eid al-Fitr
May 16-18: Shavout
May 17-23: National Volunteer Week
May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 25: Africa Day
May 31: Reconciliation Week
The name for Easter differs from language to language. Many of the European languages use a derivative of the Hebrew word for Passover ‘Pesach.’ Except for English and German words which comes from very different roots.
The dates for Easter vary between the Western Christian Churches and the Orthodox Churches. It is also a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The date is determined by the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox. This usually places it in the month between March 22 and April 25. Also the various Orthodox churches use the Julian calendar (lunar) and so the Orthodox Easter can differentiate quite significantly from the Western date. This year it falls on the 2nd of May.
A part of the Easter season that is often forgotten, is the period known as Lent or Great Lent. Lent is a significant part of the Paschal season, and is 40 days long and ends with the Holy Week. How this is celebrated is determined by the religion of the individual. Fasting can be an important part of the celebration. Fasting may involve abstinence from certain foods through to limited or no consumption of foods during a set period of time.
Most churches recognise the effects of fasting on the elderly and fragile and often have guidelines for those who wish to safely partake in fasting during the Lenten period. In fact many churches consider the elderly exempt from the practice of fasting.
For many older people fasting is an important part of their faith. If you have any concerns with them partaking in fasting, please contact their local priest.
Below are some examples of Easter cards for the Serbian and Greek communities.
On Mothers day the special women in our lives are treated with extra love, and shown appreciation. On this day it is common for mums to be given flowers, cards, and gifts. Some may even get breakfast in bed, or taken out for a day of activities. Each family celebrates this day differently, however, the premise remains the same – to celebrate mums!
As service providers we have the opportunity to make this day special for any of our clients. This means we can acknowledge parental figures even if they are not related. Below is an example of something that you could make with your residents.
This resource is helpful in the creation of paper origami and is useful in guiding you to make flowers similar to the ones pictured below. These paper roses were made in house by the MAC team. If you would like to borrow this book, it is available in our Multicultural Aged Care Library Catalogue and can be found here.
Eid al-Fitr is an extremely important day for Muslim communities throughout the world. It signifies the end of Ramadan and the end of fasting. It is also known as “the Feast of Fast-Breaking or “the Lesser Feast” and can last up to three days in countries like Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
While Eid al-Fitr is expected to begin on May 12 in Australia, other countries around the world may experience variations in the beggining of celebrations. This occurs because Ramadan traditionally ends when the new moon is sighted, and the new moon may be sighted earlier or later in specific locations.
The commemorate the beggining of Eid, the Eid prayer is preformed in the morning of the celebration and is similar to the daily prayers performed by Muslims but requires only two units. After the prayer, people greet each other with “Eid Mubarak,” meaning “Blessed Eid.”
In Australia much of the Islamic community break their fast by eating Sheer khurma in the morning. “Sheer” means milk in Persian and “Khurma” means dates. This is a significant dish as the Prophet Mohammed was said to have ended his own fast by eating dates. These sweet dishes are provided and gifts are then given to children and to those in need.
In Adelaide the general public can join the Muslim community in celebrating Eid at Adelaide’s Biggest Multicultural Eid Festival! This will be held at the Adelaide Showgrounds between May 22 and 23 2021.
Shavuot commemorates the spring harvest and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. The first determines the ritual for the holiday, which was one of the three pilgrimage festivals of ancient Israel, when Israelite males were commanded to appear before God in Jerusalem, bringing offerings of the first fruits of their harvest. The second determines the significance of the holiday for Judaism, tying it in with the seminal event of Jewish religious memory, namely the entering into a covenant between God and Israel, exemplified by Israel’s assumption of Divine law.
There are a variety of customs that are practiced during Shavout. An important one is the eating of dairy products such as milk and cheese. This is a tradition that has been a significant part of Shavout celebrations. In addition to this there are also a variety of religious observances and rituals such as the readings of medieval poems (piyyutim) and the Book of Ruth.
If you have a Jewish resident and are looking for a Jewish visitor contact the JCS Community Visitor Scheme.
The National Volunteer Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteers. It outlines the massive contributions that volunteers make, where almost 6 million volunteers contribute over 600 million hours to help others yearly. In South Australia almost 1 million people are part of our volunteering community. The 3 key themes for the 2021 National Volunteer Week are Recognise, Reconnect and Reimagine:
This ensures that we celebrate and thank volunteers for the support and roles they play in our everyday lives.
Expresses the importance of connection, where giving our time to help others and ourselves can foster deeper connections within the community.
Outlines how we can better support our volunteers and the communities that they help.
The above is vital in ensuring that people continue volunteering, and that their contributions to society are not left unnoticed. So what can we do to promote our support for volunteers?
How you can help
Red is a reoccurring theme used to thank SA volunteers. The hashtag #ColourYourCommunityRed symbolises an online media campaign aimed at highlighting the amazing work carried out by our volunteers.
As service providers we can support this campaign by displaying the colour red between the 17th and 23rd of May. You can do this in a multitude of ways including: wearing red, wearing red accessories and/or tying something red outside of your home – such as a ribbon, scarf or table cloth. Additionally you can take this further and tie red items to your letterboxes, fences, or trees. If your organisation wishes to participate, the campaign has asked businesses to light up their buildings in red too (if possible).
We suggest taking photos or videos of your efforts and posting it on social media with the hashtags #SAvolunteer #ColourYourCommunityRed #NVW2021 #[insertyourposttcode].
Would you like to become a volunteer?
If you would like to become a volunteer you can explore various opportunities to do so by visiting www.GoVolunteer.com.au.
If you are a South Australian organisation that uses volunteers you can apply for or order a certificate of appreciation by visiting the DHS Website here.
For more information about volunteering in South Australia, visit the Volunteering SA website.
- Support sustainable systems of governance for culture
- Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals
- Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks
- Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms
Africa day commemorates the founding of the African Union (AU) in 1963. It acknowledges the success of African unity and identity in the fight against colonialism and apartheid, as well as the progress that Africa has made while reflecting upon the common challenges that the continent faces in a global environment.
In Australia it allows us to foster cooperation and partnerships between diverse Australian African communities, NGOs, the broader Australian community and the international community. This day provides a wonderful opportunity for African culture to be showcased through activities such as bazaars and events.
There are many African communities within South Australia. You may have workers or clients from various countries within the continent and you can access resources to support them from the MAC Library.
Additionally the Australian Migrant Resource Centre also provides services to the African communities.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. National Reconciliation Day is held on the first Monday after or on the 27th of May. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.
For more information please visit Reconciliation Australia here.