September 12 through 16 blog posts

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Today, use your kind words to lift up the people around you (National Day of Encouragement)

Post by Xiaotong Meng

September 12, 2022

Imagine you have experienced many setbacks and want to give up at the last moment, but people around you are saying a couple words of encouragement to push you to move forward. Does this sound like a good motivation for you to continue to persevere?

Each year on September 12 is the National Day of Encouragement

This holiday was started in 2007 by a group of young students who found the lack of praise and support among one another; therefore, they came up with an idea of creating an Encouragement Project at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.

Also, today has turned out as a memorial to the victims and families who were suffered in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Do not be shy. Go ahead and say a word of appreciation to other people, even a stranger. Our world will become a better place because of our illimitable love.


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Stay away from superstitions and live in the present (Defy Superstition Day)

Post by Xiaotong Meng

September 13, 2022

Superstitions are excessively beliefs or events that cannot be supported by logical reasons or science, but still a bunch of people choose to trust and follow them.

For the purpose of increasing awareness to people about how superstitions affect our lives, September 13 developed into the Defy Superstition Day.

The root of the word “superstition” evolved from a Latin word “superstitio”, which means to stand over or above. Then it first appeared in the English language.

Superstitions already penetrate deeply into the culture of every country, especially when they connect with religions. Many people believe superstitions could bring them good luck or magic, which would result in lots of prejudice, stereotype and discrimination.

On this day, it is an opportunity for us to remind others about whether a phenomenon is true or false, and to help people put away their anxieties about different superstitions.


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Best wedding presents for 2022

Post by Nathaniel Chambers

September 14, 2022 on phone

Google has made our lives way more interesting (National Day)

Post by Xiaotong Meng

September 15, 2022

Google… A famous search engine that has taken over most parts of our lives.

The history of the creation of Google began in January 1996, when two Stanford Ph.D. students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin created a research project to find a better search engine. 

After all, they nominated the first online browser “BackRub”. Later they changed the name to Google, a typo of the word “Googol”.

On September 15, 1997, Page and Brin registered “”, and they kicked off their business in Menlo Park, California. By the end of the year in 1999, Google had already made more than 10,000 questions.

In 2003, the company moved to Mountain View, California. 12 years later, they reformed the business with the name Alphabet Inc.

Although the company first started as a search engine, it also offers many other services ever since.

Therefore, September 15 became the National Day to remind us how we benefit from this convenient searching tool every day. It is also a great time for us to surf through Google and learn something new.


Independence Day in Mexico

Happy Mexican Independence Day

Post by Xiaotong Meng

September 16, 2022

For more than 300 years, Mexico was under the harsh colonization of Spain, which led to human rights violations, economic instabilities and a lot more issues.

On September 16, 1810, a Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in the town of Dolores delivered a speech called the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores) to the people, in order to call for an end to Spanish rule. 

This demand triggered the subsequent Mexican War of Independence. 

On August 24, 1821, Spain finally withdrew, which marked Mexico as having officially become an independent nation.

In honor of Father Costilla, the Father of Mexican Independence, September 16 has always been a big annual nationwide celebration for the independence of the country. 

Some traditional activities on this holiday include organizing parties, playing fireworks along with beautiful music and delicious food. You can also see red, white and green everywhere on the street, which represent the color of the Mexican flag.

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