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Rosh Hashanah: what does it mean?

Is New Year's Day, 1 January, special to you, or do you celebrate the new year at a different time? For Jewish people all around the world the new year is celebrated for two days that fall between early September and early October. Explore why the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is so important for people of the Jewish faith.

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What's your big event for the year? For over one billion people worldwide it is Ramadan, a month of prayer and fasting for Muslims. Find out the origin of Ramadan and how Muslims celebrate this month-long religious festival.


ANZAC remembrance medal by Dora Ohlfsen, 1919

This is a copper medal featuring on the obverse a fallen soldier surrounded with a laurel wreath being comforted by a female figure who symbolises Australia. It is inscribed: 'DORA OHLFSEN 1918' struck half off the flan (not visible here). The reverse depicts an outline of an armed soldier in profile and is inscribed: 'ANZAC. ...


Vivienne Grey cutting birthday cake at family party, Springvale, 1977

This is a colour photograph showing the Grey family in their home, Springvale. Paget, Margaret, Francis, Tony, Vivienne and the children's grandmother Margaret are celebrating Vivienne's tenth birthday. Birthday cards and the ABBA album 'Arrival' sit on the kitchen table, where Vivienne is cutting a cream-sponge birthday ...


Father Christmas arrives at Watson family Christmas party, South Yarra, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Father Christmas arriving at the Watson family's Christmas Party at South Yarra Primary School. A Christmas tree is set up in a bin behind Father Christmas. The Watsons held the party for their entire family at the school. The photograph was taken in December 1945. The image ...


Family sharing chocolate Easter eggs, 1963 or 1964

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Ellerbock family sharing chocolate Easter eggs outside their house in Ringwood East on Easter Sunday in 1963 or 1964. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.


Extended Bunting family Christmas dinner, 1983

This is a photograph showing the extended Bunting family sitting down for Christmas dinner in Dandenong North in 1983. This image was collected as part of the 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album' project in 2006. It is a digital scan of the original colour photograph.


Pablo and Pamela Diaz at Oscar Poncell's birthday party, Newport, 1979

This is a colour photograph showing Pablo and Pamela Diaz with an unknown baby girl at Oscar Poncell's birthday party in Newport, Melbourne, in 1979. The photograph was collected as part of Museum Victoria's Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006. It is a digital copy of the original.


Ivan and Anna Kucan and their daughters on Ukrainian Christmas Day, Newport, c1957

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Ivan and Anna Kucan and their daughters, Larysa and Marika, in the backyard of their family home in Newport, Victoria. This photograph was taken on Ukrainian Christmas Day, which is in January.


Father Christmas and sleigh decoration, c1950s

This is a plastic Father Christmas and sleigh decoration used by Bill Boyd in the 1950s.


My Place - Episode 10: 1918: Bertie, Impact of war

Evelyn, Bertie's sister, receives news of the death of Freddie Miller. Bertie laments the death of his father and Freddie; both killed in the war. He tells Sid, an Aboriginal soldier, about his plan to buy his brother Eddie a present on his return from the war and they devise a plan to raise the money to purchase the gift.


My Place - Episode 11: 1908: Evelyn, Cracker night

Evelyn's family joins the other families in their community to celebrate cracker night with fireworks purchased from Mr Wong's Emporium.

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My Place - Episode 14: 1878: Henry, The Chinese dragon

The local population brings in the Chinese New Year with traditional celebrations. Henry and Franklin contribute to the proceedings by launching their lanterns.

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My Place - Episode 16: 1858: Benjamin, Cranberry sauce

Ben is obsessed with buying a turkey from the Owens for Thanksgiving Day in order to make his new residence feel more like home.

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Languages online: Indonesian section 27: saying the date

This set of nine interactive activities from the Languages online resource helps students practise saying and writing dates. The key language points addressed in the activities are asking and saying what the date is and the date of a particular occasion, including the language structure for talking about birthdays. In addition, ...

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Tet: let's get ready to celebrate

This is a teaching activity that explores the celebration of New Year in Vietnam (Tet Nguyen Dan). Included in the resource is an enlargable image, inquiry questions, suggested lesson materials, student activities and information about the importance of the full moon at New Year. There is a poster design extension activity ...

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Rosh Hashanah: the feast

Is there any day of the year when you and those in your community have a special meal, or feast? Australia has people from many countries, cultures and religions. That is why not all Australians have feast days on the same days. This clip explores the feast of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

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Rosh Hashanah: synagogue and teachings

Have you ever attended a religious ceremony? Nearly all religions have their own special ceremonies for weddings, funerals and other special events. This clip explores the ceremonies that Jewish people have at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

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Rosh Hashanah: Tashlikh

Have you ever done something that you thought was wrong? If so, what did you do about it? Most religions teach about what they see as right behaviour and wrong behaviour. Many of these religions expect or suggest that their followers who have done wrong to do certain things that will help them become better people. Explore ...

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The meaning of Anzac Day

Anzac Day means different things to different people. Five people, of varying ages, share their thoughts and feelings about Anzac Day. Some have actually served in wartime, while others have a close family member who has.