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DM Weekly Digest 05/04/2024

For our first weekly digest of April, we look at the events and celebrations for the coming month:

Eid al-Fitr - 9th-10th April

A religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. It is celebrated with prayer and different festivities and foods in different countries. Read more here.


World Heritage Day - 18th April

International Day for Monuments and Sites, better known as World Heritage Day, promotes awareness about the diversity of the cultural heritage of humanity. Read more here.


Passover - 22nd-30th April

Passover, or Pesach is the major Jewish spring festival which commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, lasting seven or eight days. It is also know as Chag HaMatzot, the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Read more here.


Other news stories:

The sudden rise of AuDHD: what is behind the rocketing rates of this life-changing diagnosis?

Just over a decade ago, autism and ADHD were thought to be mutually exclusive. But in recent years, all that has changed. Read more here.


NHS faces ‘avalanche’ of demand for autism and ADHD services, thinktank warns

Meanwhile, the Nuffield Trust says the system for neurodiversity treatment is ‘obsolete’ as number of patients in England awaiting assessment hits record high. Read more.


What are dementia and Alzheimer's and how common are they?

The UK is trialling blood tests to see if they can accurately diagnose Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia sooner. Read more here.


Kirsten Dunst: 'I didn't even think to ask for equal pay'

Last week, actress Olivia Coleman commented that she would have been paid more if she'd been called Oliver. This week, Hollywood star Kirsten Dunst has said she grew up at a time when there was "major pay disparity" between herself and her male co-stars. Read more here.


First Minister Humza Yousaf condemns racist graffiti aimed at him near Dundee home

Racist slurs relating to the Scottish first minister's Pakistani heritage were sprayed on the walls and fences of homes in a street in Broughty Ferry, on Monday. Read more here.


Scotland's controversial new hate crime laws come into force

The graffiti appeared after Scotland's controversial new hate crime laws came into force – with a Holyrood minister saying people "could be investigated" for misgendering someone online. Read more here.


Apology after Benjamin Zephaniah mural removed

An apology has been issued by a council sub-contractor after a mural of the late writer, poet and actor Benjamin Zephaniah was painted over in Birmingham. Read more here.