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February 5th, 2017

Visit My Mosque

Today is national #VisitMyMosque Day, with over 150 mosques around the UK opening their doors to neighbours of all faiths and none. #VisitMyMosque day is a national initiative facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), encouraging mosques across the UK to hold mosque open days. To find your nearest open mosque see   http://www.visitmymosque.org    
VisitMyMosque day at the Baab ul Ilm mosque in Leeds, 2015

Visitors to the Baab ul Ilm mosque in Leeds during the Visit My Mosque day 2015. Photograph by Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

 

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February 1st, 2017

HINDUISM | Vasant Panchami

1st February 2017   Vasant Panchami   Falling in January or February, during the Hindu lunar month of Magh, Vasant Panchami  is a festival in celebration of the beginning of Spring.   As today is also the day when Hindus pay their respects to Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom, the day is often called Saraswati Puja. Saraswati is usually depicted with four hands, clothed in white and seated on a lotus. The lotus symbolises the Goddess' wisdom, the whote cloth, her purity, and the four hands, the four aspects of the human intellect. For more information see http://hinduism.about.com/od/festivalsholidays/p/vasantpanchami.htm

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January 7th, 2017

CHRISTIANITY [ORTHODOX] | Christmas Day

7th January 2017   Orthodox Christmas Day   While Western Christian churches use the Gregorian calendar, Orthodox Christian churches continue to use the Julian calendar, which preceded it. According to the Julian calendar Christmas Day should be celebrated on 7 January each year. For more information see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/11329660/Where-is-Christmas-being-celebrated-on-January-7.html

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January 6th, 2017

CHRISTIANITY | Epiphany

6th January 2017   Christianity | The Epiphany   Today Christians celebrate the Epiphany. Falling on the twelfth day after Christmas Day, the Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas festivities for Christians in the Western world. With the word itself meaning 'revelation', the Epiphany celebrates the coming of God to humankind through His son, Jesus Christ. In the Nativity story Epiphany is the day when the three Magi brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. For more information visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/epiphany.shtml

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January 5th, 2017

SIKHISM | Birth of Guru Gobind Singh

5th January 2017   Birth of Guru Gobind Singh   Today Sikhs celebrate the birth of Guru Gobind Singh. Born in 1666, Guru Gobind Singh was the last of the ten human Gurus of the Sikh faith. He is renowned for the creation of the Khalsa Sikh community and for declaring the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, his eternal successor. For more information, visit http://www.sikh-history.com/sikhhist/gurus/nanak10.html

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January 1st, 2017

Happy New Year around the World

Each of the 35 phrases below shows how to say 'Happy New Year' in a different language. How many of the languages do you recognise? CLICK HERE FOR ANSWERS.   happy-new-year-text

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December 1st, 2016

REEP’s Latest Advent Feature

Ever wondered why we celebrate Christmas in the way we do today? Then check out REEP's latest Advent Feature - clicking on the numbered windows will take you to a merry miscellany of information and activities, all focused on Christmas in Elizabethan England.   Click on the image to enter...   advent-calendar-resource-featured-image_edited-1        

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November 1st, 2016

Climate Change Matters

Morocco is playing host to a massive international conference on Climate Change. From 7th – 18th November, representatives of the world’s nations will gather in Marrakesh for COP22 ( the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change).   The Conference hopes to create a roadmap for the vision expressed in Paris at last year’s conference. It aims to find ways to prevent and mitigate the effects of greenhouse gases and temperature change, especially to poor and vulnerable countries.   The King of Morocco and the Moroccan government and people are closely committed to helping find solutions both for Morocco and for the wider world. This conference has been eagerly awaited and various initiatives are being put in locally towns to emphasise its importance.   REEP’s initiatives in garden and environmental awareness are a tiny contribution to this commitment to mitigating climate change. We would like to pay tribute to the enthusiasm of our Moroccan partners and we look forward to future work together to address this pressing problem that we all face. More gardens, less environmental destruction!   For more information about the conference please visit http://unfccc.int/meetings/marrakech_nov_2016/meeting/9567.php  

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October 29th, 2016

Diwali: The Festival of Light

happy-diwali This year the REEP team have put together a series of information and activity sheets to help people to understand and celebrate Diwali. These are freely available on our website and can be found on the resources section of our website.

http://www.reepinfo.org/diwali-resources/

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July 22nd, 2016

Goodbye to REEP McLaren Scholars

Saturday sadly marked the end of our inaugural REEP McLaren Scholarship programme in England. Well done and thank you to Inés Parias-Cervera (Spain), Nezha Kejaat (Morocco) and Rhiannon Matravers (England) for being the first ever inter-horticultural REEP McLaren scholars! What an experience our three scholars had too! They planted borders for Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Gardens, wove willow at Cressing Temple Tudor Garden, pruned topiary at Hever Castle, discovered sacred geometry at Ham House, designed an Anglo-Moroccan-Spanish Garden for Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, discovered new plants at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, studied medicinal plants at the Royal College of Physicians Medicinal Garden, and explored the historic gardens at Kenilworth Castle, Inner Temple, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Hampton Court Palace! Despite their busy schedule our scholars found time to interact with each other, share their different cultural backgrounds and enjoy each other’s company after hours too. You can share in the scholars’ afterhours experiences by clicking on the image below.
Click on the image above to see more photos of the scholars enjoying the social element of the REEP McLaren Scholarship.

Click on the image above to see more photos of the scholars enjoying the social elements of the REEP McLaren Scholarship.

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July 15th, 2016

Scholars Visit Royal College of Physicians Medicinal Garden

Joined by REEP Director, Diana Lazenby McLaren, our three scholars spent yesterday at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Medicinal Garden, near Regent's Park in London. Garden Fellow, Dr. Henry Oakeley, gave them an excellent tour of the gardens, teaching them about the use of many plants in medicines past and present. At the end of the day Dr. Oakeley treated them to a peak at the RCP's Herbarium where they were able to see how plant specimens have been collected, pressed and preserved by the college over the years. Nezha was so inspired by this that she has vowed to begin an herbarium of Essaouiran plant species when she returns home next week!
Click on the image above to see the photos the scholars took and some of the fascinating plant facts they learnt during their visit to the RCP Medicinal Garden.

Click on the image above to see the photos the scholars took and some of the fascinating plant facts they learnt during their visit to the RCP Medicinal Garden.

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July 13th, 2016

REEP McLaren Scholars visit Inner Temple Gardens

Today our Spanish, Moroccan and English scholars, Inés, Nezha and Rhiannon, visited Inner Temple Gardens in London for a tour. The gardens date back to the Knight's Templar and they are one of the few gardens to get a mention by Shakespeare in his plays - something which is commemorated in the famous 'War of the Roses' border here.
Click on the image above to see the photos taken by our scholars during their tour of Inner Temple Gardens.

Click on the image above to see the photos taken by our scholars during their tour of Inner Temple Gardens.

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