According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Years started with the fight against a mythical beast called the "Nian". The "Nian" is afraid of red colour, fire, and loud sound. Therefore, for self protection, people posted red Dui Lian in front of the house, launched fireworks, and hung lanterns at year end.
On this day in mid-winter, the groundhog awakens from a long winter's nap, and goes outside of his den to see if he sees his shadow. But why and what is the result if he does?
Everybody knows about Valentine's Day but its origins are shrouded in mystery and archaeologists are not sure if there was one saint Valentine or more! Find out about X's, red roses, chocolates and flowers.
The original idea behind Pancake Day was to use up all the fat in the house before Lenten abstinence. Folklore has it that parishioners, eager to reach church in time for the last 'shriving' or confession, would race through the streets still clutching their half-finished pancakes - the beginnings of the great pancake race tradition.
St. Patrick is said to have given a sermon from a hilltop that drove all the snakes from Ireland. Of course, no snakes were ever native to Ireland. One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock, which stems from a more bona fide Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity.
The modern version of Mother’s Day started in England in the 1600’s. But it was a woman who was never a mother herself who led the campaign for national recognition of Mother's Day.
Thought to start back in 16th century France. Today in France, people who are fooled on April 1 are called Poisson d'Avril, which literally means the "April Fish."
One of my pastimes is visiting foreign countries. Here's a few guides to the places that I have been to and recommend for a fantastic vacation.
For people working in the radio industry then this section has loads of information that you might find helpful.
Elvis Presley is without doubt one of the most successful music artists of all time. Find out about his career and links to more Elvis stuff.
Getting your views on the topics of the day is quite interesting. The archive lists all the past polls and details of what my visitors think.
Are you thinking of changing your career ? Then here are the latest job opportunities for radio, TV and media.
Check out all these radio station webcams. Has your station got one that needs adding to the list?
As a radio presenter I love most music and like to keep up to date with new stuff. This page has some of my favourite current music videos.