Published on January 2nd, 2014 | by admin
What Are You Looking Forward To In 2014?
How excited are you for the year ahead in 2014? It’s that time of year where we all try to banish the post Christmas blues by starting to populate our diaries, calendars and planners with lots of occasions to look forward to.
So to start the ball rolling we’ve taken a look at a few dates of interest in the months ahead and made a note of a few that initially caught our eye.
Chinese New Year falls on 31st January in 2014 (year of the horse). Celebrations are expected to take place overall several days culminating on 2nd February. Referred to as ‘Wu’, apparently those born during the year of the horse tend to be clever, possess good communication skills and are cheerful but stubborn. The horse is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.
Russia hosts the XXII Olympic Winter Games from 7th to 23rd February to be held in Sochi. Athletes from around the globe will compete in a series of events including biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing.
Kicking off on 12th June, Brazil is hosting the 20th FIFA World Cup. It is the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition which will see 32 countries drawn in eight groups aiming to make it all the way to the final in Rio de Janeiro on 13th July.
The 101st Tour de France starts in Yorkshire on 5th July and will also feature a stage finish in London. The world’s most famous cycle race is expected to attract between 4 million and 5 million British spectators over the three days that the tour takes place in Britain.
Glasgow will host the XX Commonwealth Games with athletes from 70 Commonwealth teams competing for medals in 17 sports to be held at 14 venues across the city from 23rd July until 3rd August. It is the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in Scotland.
2014 marks the 100 years since the First World War which began on 28th July 1914. The anniversary will signal a host of events and programmes throughout the year including BBC One drama The Ark documenting the unsung heroines of the conflict, the frontline nurses.
This year sees some notable milestones in classic children’s television with 2014 marking the 40th anniversary of Bagpuss and the 50th anniversary of the Magic Roundabout. Amongst the much loved characters making a comeback, Colin Firth will be the voice of Paddington Bear in a film which is expected to be released in November and will be one of the most anticipated cinema releases of 2014. It includes a star studied cast including Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.