Spring Joy In the dark of winter life can be a bit glum, so why not grow a gorgeous hyacinth somewhere in your room that catches the winter sun. There's something very special about hyacinths - their soft colors, amazing perfume, and their sudden appearance at the end of winter. They're feel good flowers. To grow your hyacinth all you'll need is:A plant pot 10cms/4ins round with a drainage holeBulb potting mix.Bulb fertiliserHyacinth bulb.Make sure your pot is two to three times deeper than the bulb. Soak your bulb in water. Place a small rock over the hole in the pot, to keep the soil in. Fill a third of the pot with soil. Sprinkle a teaspoon of slow release bulb fertilizer in the soil. Place your hyacinth bulb in your pot with the pointy end facing upwards. Cover it with soil, leaving its tip above the soil.Bulbs need a cool dark place for some weeks after planting. Keep the soil moist. When the bulb starts to shoot, place it in a warmer location such as a windowsill. Make sure it doesn't dry out. Fertilise as it begins to flower, and enjoy the amazing flowers and heady perfume.… PS You can plant more than one bulb. Just make sure that there's some room between each bulb. New Baby - Tie A Special Ribbon In Malta when a new baby is born the parents tie a pink or blue bow on their front door, so everyone knows wether they've had a baby boy or girl. And they tie a black bow on their door when someone dies. Pancake Tuesday 47 days before Easter Sunday On Pancake or Shrove Tuesday people celebrate with pancakes made of butter and eggs, which are forbidden during the fasting time of Lent in the lead-up to Easter. Make some yummy thin pancakes then sprinkle them with a little castor sugar on a squeeze of lemon juice and eat while they're hot! Yum! Diwali Festival of Lights, between October and December This colorful Indian Festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil. People clean their home, then light dozens of small clay lamps filled with oil, which burn through the night to welcome Laksmi the goddess of abundance. Firecrackers are lit to drive away evil spirits, and everyone wears new clothes and share lollies and other treats with family and friends. Halloween 31 October Way back when people divided the year into the lighter summery months, and the darker wintry months. Halloween, which means summer's end, marks the disappearance of lighter days and when the veil between this life and the afterlife was thinnest, when loved ones who had died came back to visit. Scary Halloween costumes were worn to keep unwelcome ghosts away. Today, in different parts of the world there's lots of rituals around Halloween. One of the most colorful celebrations is Mexico's Day of the Dead. People gather together all the photos of their loved ones, along with flowers and candles, and say little prayers for everyone. Many Mexican families visit the graves of loved ones at this time. There's also skeletons and other ghostly figures made out of sugar to enjoy. My friend Jess is from the Philippines. At Halloween her Nan places little tea lights up her garden path, to help her deceased husband to find his back home. This Halloween you may like to gather together the pictures of those you've lost with a small bunch of flowers and a (safe) candle, and say a little prayer for them just like my friend Margot does. Your local graveyard Graveyards are really cool places to visit, because they're kind of sad and relaxing, and full of stories. The headstones give you loads of small clues about the people buried there, and ou may find a handful of stone angels there as well. The best gravestone I've found has a reaaaally sad story. It inspired Charles Dickens' famous book Great Expectations (then the Gwyneth Paltrow movie). The main character, Miss Havisham, was jilted on her wedding day. Heartbroken lived the rest of her life alone in her home, still in her wedding dress. You'll have to read the book or see the movie to find out what happened – it's pretty dramatic. The inspiration for Miss Havisham, Eliza Donnithorne, is buried in our local cemetery. Like Miss Havisham, Eliza was jilted on her wedding day, but unlike Miss Havisham she died of a broken heart. What does your local cemetery reveal about where you live? Take your girlfriends and have a look around. You'll be amazed at what you'll find.