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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December 31st - World Events & Holidays

Bank HolidayEl Salvador
Commemoration of the Restoration, St SylvesterSwitzerland
Day of Azeri SolidarityAzerbaijan
Festival DayMontserrat
Foundation of the Congolese Labour PartyCongo (Republic of)
KwanzaaUnited States of America
New Year's Eve
Republic DayCongo (Republic of)

...and 2008 Year In Review (source:

December 30th - World Events & Holidays

KwanzaaUnited States of America
Republic DayMadagascar
Rizal dayPhilippines

December 29th - World Events & Holidays

ChanukkahUnited States of America
KwanzaaUnited States of America

Sunday, December 28, 2008

December 28th - World Events & Holidays

Chanukah / Festival of LightsIsrael
ChanukkahUnited States of America
Holy Innocents' DayMexico
KwanzaaUnited States of America

December 27th - World Events & Holidays

Anniversary of the ConstitutionNorth Korea
Chanukah / Festival of LightsIsrael
Commission HolidayNiue
Family DayVanuatu
ChanukkahUnited States of America
KwanzaaUnited States of America
Public HolidayCayman Islands
Hong Kong
St. Stephen's DayBulgaria
Stanley Sports DayFalkland Islands

Friday, December 26, 2008

December 26th - World Events & Holidays

Juledag (2nd day of Christmas)
- Denmark

2nd day of Christmas - Croatia, Finland

Annual Sports Day - Falkland Islands

Boxing Day - Australia

Chanukah / Festival of Lights - Israel

Christmas Holiday - Slovakia

Day of Goodwill - South Africa

Family Day - Namibia

Chanukkah - USA

Independence Day - Slovenia

Junkanoo - British Virgin Islands

Junkanoo, New Providence - Bahamas (see image above)

Kwanzaa - USA

National Thanksgiving Day - Solomon Islands

Proclamation Day - Australia

St. Stephen's Day - Austria, Italy

Svatek vanocni 2 (2nd day of Christmas) - Czech Republic

Tweede Kerstdag (Second Day of Christmas) - Netherlands

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

December 25th - World Events & Holidays

A great Christmas video from years past by the group Wham! entitled "Last Christmas", enjoy and have a Merry Christmas:

Christmas Day - all over the world!!!

1st day of Christmas - Germany

Bain de Noël (Frotte feuilles) or Fete des Membres - Haiti

Catholic Christmas - Belarus

Chanukah / Festival of Lights - Israel

Children's Day - Congo (Republic of)

Christmas (Christian) - India

Christmas (Natal) - Mauritius

Christmas Day (Western Christians) - Bosnia-Herzegovina

Christmas Day / Family Day - Uruguay

Constitution Day - Taiwan

Día de Navidad (Christmas) - Mexico

December 24th - World Events & Holidays

Chanukah / Festival of Lights - Israel

Christmas Eve - Bulgaria,Denmark,Farow Islands,Finland,Greenland,Guatemala,Guinea Bissau,Iceland,Macau,Norway,Peru,San Marino,Slovakia,Sweden,USA,Venezuela

Constitution Day (Yap) - Micronesia

Chanukkah - USA

Santuranticuy - Peru

Stedry den (Christmas Eve) - Czech Republic

Las Posadas (9 days) - Mexico

Noche Buena - Mexico

Here is the John Lennon "Happy Christmas" tune with scenes of Christmas surveyed:

"Merry Christmas To All"

Monday, December 22, 2008

December 23rd - World Events & Holidays

Chanukah / Festival of Lights - Israel

Feast of the Radishes (Oaxaca only) - Mexico

Chanukkah - United States of America

Queen's Birthday - Sweden

Suez Victory Day - Egypt

Tenno Tanjobi / Emperor's Birthday - Japan

Festivus - United States of America (see image above "The Airing Of Grievances")

Las Posadas (9 days) - Mexico

December 22nd - World Events & Holidays

Army Day -

Chanukah / Festival of Lights - Israel

Chanukkah -
United States of America

Winter Solstice Holiday - Hong Kong (see image above)

Las Posadas (9 days) - Mexico

Saturday, December 20, 2008

December 21st - World Events & Holidays

Chanukah / Festival of Lights
- Israel (see image above)

Forefather's Day - United States of America

Chanukkah - United States of America

Winter Solstice - Macau

Las Posadas (9 days) - Mexico

Alban Arthuan (Solstice) (Northern Hemisphere) - Celticism

Alban Heruin (Solstice) (Southern Hemisphere) - Celticism

Chanukkah - Judaism

Litha - Summer Solstice (Southern Hemisphere) - Paganism

Yule - Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere) - Paganism

December 20th - World Events & Holidays

Day Of Mourning - Panama

The above link explains (complete with a streaming 90-minute documentary) this relatively new date added last year onto the world calendar of events; it commemorates the "slaughter" of Panamanians during the 1989 U.S. inavsion of Panama in which many citizens were killed by thousands of U.S. troops that landed to arrest dictator Manuel Noriega on drug charges. The government estimates that 472 to 500 Panamanians were killed, but human rights organizations say more than 1,000 died. About 25,000 U.S. troops participated in the invasion, 23 of whom were killed.

Louisiana Purchase Day - United States of America (see image above)

Las Posadas (9 days) - Mexico

Thursday, December 18, 2008

December 19th - World Events & Holidays

Separation Day - Anguilla

St. Nicholas Day (Orthodox) - Ukraine (see image above)

Las Posadas (9 days) - Mexico

Sveti Nikola - Serbia

My Sister Kimberly's Birthday - United States

December 18th - World Events & Holidays

Republic Day - Niger

Las Posadas (9 days)
- Mexico (see image above)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

December 17th - World Events & Holidays

National Day -
Bhutan (see image above)

Special Holiday Western Province - Solomon Islands

Las Posadas (9 days) - Mexico

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

December 16th - World Events & Holidays

Boston Tea Party -
United States of America (see image above)

Independence Day - Kazakhstan

National Day - Bahrain

Victory Day - Bangladesh

Day of the Vow and Reconciliation Day - South Africa

Las Posadas (9 days) - Mexico

Monday, December 15, 2008

December 15th - World Events & Holidays

Constitution Day - Nepal

Fast of Tebet - Israel

Kingdom Day - Sint Maarten / St. Martin

Kingdom Day / Statute Day - Bonaire

Koninkrijksdag / Kingdom Day - Netherlands

Bill of Rights Day - United States of America

Sunday, December 14, 2008

December 14th - World Events & Holidays

Chingshan Wang's Birthday -
Taiwan (see photo above)

December 13th - World Events & Holidays

St. Lucy's Day -
Sweden (see photo of Saint Lucy above)

National Day - St. Lucia

Republic Day - Malta

Friday, December 12, 2008

December 12th - World Events & Holidays

Agou-Arroyo (Manga la mer) -
Haiti, Voudon

Constitution Day (or Russian Independence Day) - Russia

Día de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe(Our Lady of Guadelupe) - Mexico

Independence Day - Kenya

Jamhuri and Uhuru Day - Kenya

Neutrality Day - Turkmenistan

Poinsettia Day - United States of America

Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day - Sri Lanka

Virgen de Guadalupe - El Salvador

Thursday, December 11, 2008

December 11th - World Events & Holidays

Proclamation of the Republic -
Burkina Faso (photo above, huts)

December 10th - World Events & Holidays

Constitution Day -

Foundation Day - Angola

Ganga-Bois - Haiti

Human Rights Day - International

Nobel Prize Day - Sweden, United States of America (see photo above of Alfred Nobel)

Settlers' Day - Namibia

December 9th - World Events & Holidays

Constitution Day -
Northern Marianas

Independence Day - Tanzania (see above photo)

December 8th - World Events & Holidays

Battle of the Falklands Day - Falkland Islands (see photo above HMS Flexible-WW1)

Blessing of the Waters (Beach Day) - Uruguay

Constitution Day - Uzbekistan

Hari Raya Haji (Feast of the Sacrifice) - Singapore

Id al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) -
Benin,Comoros,Cyprus,Indonesia,Iran,Kenya,Malaysia,Morocco,Oman, Pakistan,Qatar,Saudi Arabia,Sierra Leone,Somalia,Sri Lanka

Immaculate Conception -
Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Chile, Colombia,
East Timor,Equatorial Guinea, Irtaly, Liechtenstein,Macau,Malta,Monaco,Nicaragua,Paraguay,Peru,Portugal,San Marino, Seychelles, Spain, Switzerland,Vatican City State, Venezuela

Mother's Day - Palau,Panama
National Tree Planting Day - Malawi

Sunday, December 7, 2008

December 7th - Pearl Harbor Day 67 Years Later

The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion. America, unprepared and now considerably weakened, was abruptly brought into the Second World War as a full combatant.

Eighteen months earlier, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had transferred the United States Fleet to Pearl Harbor as a presumed deterrent to Japanese agression. The Japanese military, deeply engaged in the seemingly endless war it had started against China in mid-1937, badly needed oil and other raw materials. Commercial access to these was gradually curtailed as the conquests continued. In July 1941 the Western powers effectively halted trade with Japan. From then on, as the desperate Japanese schemed to seize the oil and mineral-rich East Indies and Southeast Asia, a Pacific war was virtually inevitable.

By late November 1941, with peace negotiations clearly approaching an end, informed U.S. officials (and they were well-informed, they believed, through an ability to read Japan's diplomatic codes) fully expected a Japanese attack into the Indies, Malaya and probably the Philippines. Completely unanticipated was the prospect that Japan would attack east, as well.

The U.S. Fleet's Pearl Harbor base was reachable by an aircraft carrier force, and the Japanese Navy secretly sent one across the Pacific with greater aerial striking power than had ever been seen on the World's oceans. Its planes hit just before 8AM on 7 December. Within a short time five of eight battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or sinking, with the rest damaged. Several other ships and most Hawaii-based combat planes were also knocked out and over 2400 Americans were dead. Soon after, Japanese planes eliminated much of the American air force in the Philippines, and a Japanese Army was ashore in Malaya.

These great Japanese successes, achieved without prior diplomatic formalities, shocked and enraged the previously divided American people into a level of purposeful unity hardly seen before or since. For the next five months, until the Battle of the Coral Sea in early May, Japan's far-reaching offensives proceeded untroubled by fruitful opposition. American and Allied morale suffered accordingly. Under normal political circumstances, an accomodation might have been considered.

However, the memory of the "sneak attack" on Pearl Harbor fueled a determination to fight on. Once the Battle of Midway in early June 1942 had eliminated much of Japan's striking power, that same memory stoked a relentless war to reverse her conquests and remove her, and her German and Italian allies, as future threats to World peace. (source:


Earthquake Victim's Memorial DayArmenia
Felix Houphouet-Boigny Remembrance DayIvory Coast
Good Neighbourliness DayTurkmenistan
National DayIvory Coast
Pearl Harbor DayUnited States of America
St. Ambrose Day (Milan Only)Italy
International Civil Aviation DayInternational

Saturday, December 6, 2008

December 6th - World Events & Holidays

Arafa - Afghanistan

Constitution Day - Spain
The Constitution of Spain is regarded as the culmination of the Spanish transition to democracy. It was enacted after a referendum on December 6, 1978.

Farmer's Day - Ghana

Foundation of Quito - Ecuador

Independence Day - Finland

St. Nicholas Day (Catholic) - Ukraine

St. Nicholas Day (non-Catholic) - Aruba, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Monaco
The tradition of Saint Nicholas Day, usually on 6 December, is a festival for children in many countries in Europe related to surviving legends of the saint, and particularly his reputation as a bringer of gifts. The American Santa Claus, as well as the Anglo-Canadian and British Father Christmas, derive from these legends. "Santa Claus" is itself derived from the Dutch Sinterklaas. The history of the festive Saint Nicholas celebration is complex and reflects conflicts between Protestantism and Catholicism. Since Nicholas was a canonised saint, Martin Luther replaced the festival that had become associated with the Papacy with a Christkind ("Christ child") celebration on Christmas Eve.The Nicholas celebrations still remain a part of tradition among many Protestants, albeit on a much smaller scale than Christmas. The Protestant Netherlands, however, retain a much larger Saint Nicholas tradition. Many Dutch Catholics, on the other hand, have adopted Luther's Christkind.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

December 4th - World Events & Holidays

Kamolol Day (Thanksgiving) - Marshall Islands

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

December 2nd - World Events & Holidays

National Day - Kyrgyzstan
(declared independence: 31 August completed independence: 25 December) The National Day
is a designated date on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a nation or non-sovereign country. Often the National Day will be a national holiday. The National Day is often taken as the date on which a state or territory achieved independence or the introduction of a democratic constitution. Other dates such as the country's patron saint day, or a significant historic date are sometimes used. Most countries have a single National Day per year, though a few, for example, India and Pakistan, have more than one.

National Higher Education Day - Myanmar / Burma

Republic Day - Laos

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery - International

Sunday, November 23, 2008

November 22nd - World Events & Holidays

So what world cultural & historical events/holidays/celebrations occur on November 22nd?
Buss und Bettag-Germany: Buß- und Bettag is a day celebrated in the Evangelical Church. It is a day on which to change one’s direction and to turn to God as the Church year comes to an end and we move towards Advent. It was previously a national holiday, but this was changed from 1995 onwards to finance the new Pflegeversicherung. It remains a holiday in Saxony. Many families start their Christmas preparations on this day, for example they bake the first Christmas biscuits.

Day of 1970 Invasion-Guinea: The 1970 Portuguese invasion of Guinea (known in Portuguese as "Operação Mar Verde", "Operation Green Sea") was a 22 November 1970 seaborne attack on the Conakry area of Guinea by Portuguese led Guinean dissident forces. While the attack, along with periodic incursions across the Guinea-Bissau border in 1971, were quickly repulsed, they had the effect of intensifing the internal repression of Ahmed Sékou Touré's regime, while doing little to slow the Guinea-Bissauan independence movement of the PAIGC, whose leadership in exile were the ostensible target of the attack.

Feast of St Cecilia-St. Lucia: Saint Cecilia (Latin: Sancta Caecilia) is the patron saint of musicians and Church music. Her feast day is celebrated in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Churches on November 22. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. It was long supposed that she was a noble lady of Rome who, with her husband Valerian(us) and his brother Thateus, suffered martyrdom, c. 230, under the emperor Alexander Severus.

Independence Day-Lebanon: On 1 September 1926, France formed the Lebanese Republic. The Republic was afterward a separate entity from Syria but still administered under the French Mandate of Syria. Lebanon gained independence in 1943, while France was occupied by Germany. General Henri Dentz, the Vichy High Commissioner for Syria and Lebanon, played a major role in the independence of the nation. The Vichy authorities in 1941 allowed Germany to move aircraft and supplies through Syria to Iraq where they were used against British forces. The United Kingdom, fearing that Nazi Germany would gain full control of Lebanon and Syria by pressure on the weak Vichy government, sent its army into Syria and Lebanon. After the fighting ended in Lebanon, General Charles de Gaulle visited the area. Under various political pressures from both inside and outside Lebanon, de Gaulle decided to recognize the independence of Lebanon. On 26 November 1941 General Georges Catroux announced that Lebanon would become independent under the authority of the Free French government. Elections were held in 1943 and on 8 November 1943 the new Lebanese government unilaterally abolished the mandate. The French reacted by throwing the new government into prison. In the face of international pressure, the French released the government officials on 22 November 1943 and accepted the independence of Lebanon.

John F. Kennedy's Assassination-United States of America: The assassination of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Austin, Texas, USA at 12:30 p.m. CST (18:30 UTC). John F. Kennedy was fatally wounded by gunshots while riding with his wife Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in a Presidential motorcade. The ten-month investigation of the Warren Commission of 1963–1964, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) of 1976–1979, and other government investigations concluded that the President was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. This conclusion was initially met with widespread support among the American public (1964–66), but polls conducted after the original 1966 Gallup poll show as much as 80% of the public hold beliefs contrary to these findings. The assassination is still the subject of widespread speculation and has spawned numerous conspiracy theories, though none of these theories has been proven.

National Stop the Violence Day-United States of America: Today is National Stop the Violence Day, when many radio and TV stations call for a one-day cease-fire on America's streets.