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The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl

Global Immersions Recruiting - Tuesday, June 05, 2012

This Tuesday through Thursday June 5 – 7th marks the 30th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl! As the nation’s largest all-you-can eat ice cream festival, the event will serve up ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet from the nation's leading ice cream companies from 12 to 8 p.m. each day. Over the past thirty years, the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl has raised more than $3 million for cancer research and care. 


More information about the Scooper Bowl can be found here. Enjoy!


The 33rd Annual Cambridge River Festival

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, May 31, 2012
Do you have plans for this Saturday, June 2? Check out the 33rd annual Cambridge River Festival! 

The Cambridge River Festival celebrates the arts with free outdoor music performances, dance, art demos, and more! Attracting a crowd of 200,000 to the banks of the Charles River, the Festival's enormous variety of visual and performing arts reflects the city's diverse neighborhoods and cultural heritage. Beginning with a procession from Harvard Square to the Charles River, the Festival runs from 12pm to 6pm, rain or shine.  





For more information about the festival, visit the Cambridge Arts Council website here

We hope to see you there!

Memorial Day

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, May 24, 2012

On the last Monday of every May, Americans across the country celebrate the federal holiday, Memorial Day. Originally observed to remember the fallen soldiers of the American Civil War, the holiday is now a day of remembrance for all fallen American soldiers in wars. 



This Monday, May 28th, many Americans will visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have died in the American Armed Forces. Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, is also a day when families and individuals decorate graves and cemeteries with American flags. For many Americans, Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the summer season. Many celebrate the holiday by  having barbeques, picnics, parades, and family gatherings. 

If you are in Boston for Memorial Day, visit Boston.com for more information on events going on around the city!

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Mother's Day Around The World

Global Immersions - Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Mother's Day has become a global holiday and while it is celebrated on many different days, countries including the United States, Japan, Germany, and Colombia celebrate it on the second Sunday in May, which is May 13th!

While spring festivals celebrated maternal goddesses during ancient Greek and Roman times, Mother's Day did not become an official holiday until May 10th, 1908 in the United States. It was founded by Anna Jarvis who campaigned for the creation of the holiday in remembrance of her recently deceased mother. 

In most Arab countries, Mother's Day is celebrated on March 21st. It was first introduced in Egypt in 1943 by journalist Mustafa Amin. The idea was overlooked at the time, but when Amin heard a story of a widowed mother who devoted her life to raising a son who eventually became a doctor, got married, and showed little affection to his mother, he began to push for its creation. By March 21st 1956, it was officially accepted as a holiday. 

Today, pink and red carnations pay tribute to mothers who are still alive, while white carnations pay tribute to those who have passed. 

How do you show your appreciation to your mothers? Have any suggestions? Let us know!

For those who are visitors, why not let your host mother know how appreciative you are of all she has done for you during your stay in Boston!


Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother's_Day

http://www.mothersdaycentral.com/about-mothersday/history/

Cherry Blossom Festival This Sunday!

Global Immersions - Thursday, April 26, 2012

Have you ever been to a Japanese cherry blossom festival before?

Stop by Copley Square Park on Sunday, April 29th, between 11 am-4 pm for some Japanese festivities! This will be the first Japanese-style festival in Boston. There will be plenty of food, games, and performances for you to enjoy!

You can find more information about the festival here!

We hope to see you there!

                    

Best Student Cities of 2012

Global Immersions Recruiting - Monday, April 23, 2012

For the year 2012, university ranking company QS has named Boston the third best student city worldwide.  The rating was based on a complex set of measures taken from public information, surveys and data, providing a new way of comparing the best cities around the world in which to be a student.


 Boston was awarded the third place spot due to its high-ranked institutions, quality of living, employer activity, and student mix. As the only US city in the top 10 list, Boston's many historic universities have earned it the nickname, 'The Athens of America'. Furthermore, as QS notes, “Boston combines the hustle and bustle of a major metropolis, and a happening arts, politics, and culture scene, with an abundance of green open space and the stunning autumnal colors for which New England is famous”.

For the entire list of Best Student Cities in the World, visit the QS website here

The 2012 Boston Marathon

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, April 13, 2012

This Monday, April 16th marks the 116th Boston Marathon. As the world’s oldest annual marathon, The Boston Marathon attracts over 20,000 runners and 500,000 spectators each year. The Marathon is New England’s most widely viewed sporting event each year, and runs through eight Massachusetts cities and towns: Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston.


Originally a local event, The Boston Marathon’s fame and status now attracts runners from all over the world. Thousands of spectators line the sides of the course for the entire distance of the race to cheer the runners on, encourage them, and provide free water and snacks to any of the runners. The race is traditionally held on Patriot's Day, the third Monday in April, often referred to by local residents as "Marathon Monday."

For more information about the race, visit the Boston Athletic Association’s website here.


Sources:

baa.org
boston.com/marathon

Happy 100th Birthday Fenway Park!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Tuesday, April 10, 2012

One hundred years ago, on April 20, 1912, The Boston Red Sox played their first official game in Fenway Park. In honor of that milestone, on April 19, the Red Sox welcome fans to an open house to celebrate Fenway Park’s centennial celebration. There will be historical artifacts, photographs, and banners on display throughout the park, following the "Fenway Park: A Living Museum" path. Visitors will also have a chance to meet Red Sox legends, and visit parts of the ballpark generally inaccessible to fans.


The Fenway Park Open House also includes:

  • An opportunity for fans to explore 100 year old Fenway Park at their own pace

  • Historical markers denote historic home runs, events, and spots within the park

  • A display of the clubhouse that shows fans the mud that's rubbed on the baseballs, pine tar, rosin bag and other items that fans generally don't see during a visit to the park

  • Old programs, tickets, chairs, blueprints and many other items of historic interest from Fenway Park's 100-year old history

  • Autograph signings throughout the day

  • An opportunity to walk the warning track, peek inside the Green Monster scoreboard and visit other spaces within the ballpark not normally available or accessible to fans

The next day, on April 20, the Red Sox will play the New York Yankees, the same team they played for the first official game in 1912, with both teams wearing historic uniforms.

For more information about the Fenway Park Open House, visit their website here.  We hope you enjoy the event!

April Festivities Around the World

Global Immersions - Friday, April 06, 2012

April is the month that marks the beginning of spring in the Northern hemisphere. The etymology of "April" in Latin is aperire, which means "to open": the "opening" of trees and flowers. Boston's magnolia trees have blossomed considerably early this year and has been called one of the earliest blossoming in 140 years of record keeping. 

Many of you may be aware that Easter and Passover are coming up! But what other holidays are going on in April? Let's take a look!

Easter (Resurrection Day)

Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christian's believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the death three days after his crucifixion, which is commemorated on Good Friday. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after March 21st. Traditionally, Saturday's are spent decorating Easter eggs and hunting for them with children on the following Sunday. Hot cross buns (spiced buns with a cross on top) are traditionally eaten on Good Friday and are a symbol for the Crucifixion. 


Passover

Passover is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th month in the Jewish calender. This year, Passover begins Friday, April 6th and ends on Saturday, April 14th. Passover commemorates the story of Exodus, where ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. The most important Passover tradition is the seder. During the seder the story of Exodus is retold, four cups of wine are to be had each representing an expression of deliverance, and partaking in eating symbolic foods on a seder plate. 


Golden Week

In Japan, Golden Week is a period consisting of four holidays. It begins on April 29th with Showa Day, which honors the birthday of the late Emperor Hirohito. May 3rd is Constitution Memorial Day, which commemorates the declaration of the 1947 Constitution of Japan. May 4th is celebrated with Greenery day and is set aside for nature appreciation. Commemorative plantings take place across the country. The final holiday is Children's Day, which lands on May 5th. The holiday respects and embraces children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness. On Children's Day, families hang koinobori's (carp streamers), which symbolize the determination and vigor of the carp overcoming obstacles to swim upstream. 


Earth Day

Earth Day is held every year worldwide on April 22nd. The United Nations even designated that day as International Mother Earth Day. This holiday is meant to increase awareness and appreciate our planet's natural environment. It was pioneered by John McConnell in 1969 and has since then gained an immense amount of support. Their are many traditions people around the world take part in to commemorate this holiday. There is planting a tree, picking up trash, recycling, and even hiking!


Do you know of any other holidays that occur in April? If so, please let us know!


Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passover

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Week_(Japan)

Words Without an English Equivalent

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, March 23, 2012

Though there are currently over 1,000,000 words in the English language, Mental Floss has noted that “despite this large lexicon, many nuances of human experience still leave us tongue-tied.”

Here are some foreign words with no direct English translation:

Iktsuarpok (Inuit)
You know that feeling of anticipation when you’re waiting for someone to show up at your house and you keep going outside to see if they’re there yet? This is the word for it.

Pana Po’o (Hawaiian) 
“Hmm, now where did I leave those keys?” he said, pana po’oing. It means to scratch your head in order to help you remember something you’ve forgotten.

Mencolek (Indonesian) 
You know that old trick where you tap someone lightly on the opposite shoulder from behind to fool them? The Indonesians have a word for it.

Kummerspeck (German)
Excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, it means grief bacon.

Greng-jai (Thai)
That feeling you get when you don’t want someone to do something for you because it would be a pain for them.

Shemomedjamo (Georgian)
You know when you’re really full, but your meal is just so delicious, you can’t stop eating it? This word means, “I accidentally ate the whole thing.”

Zeg (Georgian)
It means “the day after tomorrow.”

Pålegg (Norweigian)
The Norwegians have a non-specific descriptor for anything – ham, cheese, jam, Nutella, mustard, herring, pickles, Doritos, you name it – you might consider putting into a sandwich.

Tartle (Scots)
The word for that panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you can’t quite remember.

Mamihlapinatapai (Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego)
This word captures that special look shared between two people, when both are wishing that the other would do something that they both want, but neither want to do.

Sources:

Mental Floss

Reader's Digest Magazine


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